White teeth are the secret to a confident smile. Flashing them not only brings comfort when meeting new people, it exudes confidence, which in turn boost one’s charm and sex appeal. However, most men feel they don’t have enough time or money to keep their fangs whiter than milk, with the assumption being that along with a treatment costing in the hundreds of dollars, we'd also have to give up our favorite vices (coffee, tea, sweets) — not exactly sacrifices most men are willing to make.
But this is 2017, and at-home teeth whitening products are all the rage, making a huge impact on our appearance without requiring too much effort. Be it advanced toothpastes or enamel polishers, there are enough options on the market to maintain your teeth. Here are some over-the-counter methods to consider:
- Bleach trays: These mouth guards use lighting and whitening gel to fight surface stains.
- Mouthwash: Oral rinse formulated to break down germs and clean teeth when swilled around the mouth.
- Oral-cleaning devices: Electric toothbrushes define this category and are designed to squeeze through the nooks and crannies of your teeth to eliminate grime.
- Topicals: Be it a gel or powder, each composition boasts special ingredients that kill germs and bleach teeth.
- Whitening strips: The most common of the batch, these adhesive bands mold to your teeth and release peroxide that restores them to their natural color.
Not all products are formulated to perfection. Some contain potentially harmful chemicals that do more damage to your teeth than a pack of cigs. These are just some of the toxic ingredients to avoid:
- Diethanolamine: An organic compound that can lead to increased risk of liver and kidney cancers.
- Glycerin: When scrubbed on teeth, it leaves residue and accelerates tooth decay.
- Hydrated Silica: A substance made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint that damages tooth enamel.
- Microbeads: Little plastic beads used to remove plaque that can damage tooth enamel and gum tissue.
- Sodium Fluoride: An active ingredient for pest control that in large doses can interfere with calcium metabolism.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): Known to damage skin tissue and decrease the amount of alkali-soluble fluoride deposited on dental enamel.
- Sorbitol: Sugar alcohol that can cause stomach issues and chronic diarrhea.
- Triscolan: An antibacterial chemical linked to a variety of health issues including breast, prostate, and testicular cancer.
Granted teeth whitening may seem like a feat that should be left to movie star dentists, oral hygiene products have ramped up their game and treatments these days are easy and quick to use. Most importantly, they’re affordable. We’ve dug up the cream of the at-home-teeth-whitening crop and, lucky for us, the results won't take long to spot.
Glo Personal Teeth Whitening Device
Best For: Overall whitening
Though more expensive, GLO's teeth whitening device is the most "legit" on the list because it has the least amount of cons without losing any pros. The machine is extremely easy to use, fast-acting, and won't give you any toothache whatsoever. It also acts as a mouth freshener releasing zinc gluconate to kill bacteria and halitosis. G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology works with heat and lighting to accelerate the whitening process, preserving the whitening oxygen from the tooth surface. A hand-free design provides convenience with automatic pre-timed eight-minute sessions, allowing users to control the setting on how white they want their teeth to be.
$220.00 at Amazon.com
Rocky Mountain Essentials Tuxedo Tooth and Gum Powder
Best For: All-natural cleaning
Half teeth whitener, half oral detoxifier, this specialty powder is composed from all-natural ingredients including activated coconut charcoal to promote healthy dentures and gums. This complex is billed to purge teeth of stains faster than whitening strips with some Amazon reviewers seeing results in as little as 24 hours. Substitute it for your current toothpaste to remove stains, dip your toothbrush in it, and freshen the hatch with soothing trails of mint and orange peel extract. To assure its authenticity, Rocky Mountain offers what it calls a “Bullet-Proof” guarantee, where dissatisfied gents can get their full money back.
$24.67 at Amazon.com
Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster
Best For: Consistent whitening
Fancy a quick fix for super-tidy ivories? This powerful teeth-cleaning solution comes loaded with 3x more whitening agent than your favorite whitening strip. That means it’s capable of removing surface stains in a matter of two days by unleashing a burst of peroxide to bleach teeth. Squeeze some over your toothpaste and brush in normal fashion to achieve the most effective outcome. A tube is said to give you a good two to three months use depending on the shade of yellow present on your teeth. Consistency is key when using the product, so make it part of your morning grooming routine.
$10.39 at Amazon.com
Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush
Best For: Brushing
Take the more traditional approach to plaque removal with Oral-B’s smart electric toothbrush. The Pro 7000 supports multiple cleaning modes — Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Tongue Cleaner, and Whitening — all of which activate the CrossAction brush head that features a bristled angled at 16 degrees to lift plaque from between your teeth. Oral-B designed the toothbrush to meet your oral health needs by making it compatible with all the brand’s brush head refills. The device even serves as a digital dentist, sending real-time feedback to your smartphone, where a mobile app tracks brushing habits and sensitivity, while promoting optimized teeth-scrubbing techniques. That’s brushing smarter.
$119.00 at Amazon.com
Brilliant HD Deluxe Teeth Whitening Kit
Best For: Professional whitening
Now, this is professional-grade. So professional-grade, you'll probably see results after your first or second application. The whitening kit boasts the same high-grade carbamide peroxide most dentists employ and doubles as an oral pain reliever to relieve canker sores and other irritations inside the mouth. Just don't go overboard with the gel because your gums will sting, but apart from that you'll be set with whiter teeth. The trays are easily heat-molded to your teeth to make the whole affair easier and more comfortable. Up to 15 treatments come in the package to tackle two weeks worth of whitening.
$29.99 at Amazon.com
Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Mouthwash
Best For: Rinsing
Sometimes you don't really want to fuss around with extra regimens, but you still want whiter teeth. It’s all good. Crest offers a fine collection of mouthwashes, though none more impressive than this multi-functional rinse that keeps your grooming routine in check and brightens that smile. Triple-action benefits are accounted for as the oral rinse whitens teeth, protects against surface stains with patented Whitelock Technology, and tames bad breath. A burst of fresh mint tickles the tongue on contact, leaving a refreshing taste in the mouth to kickstart your makeout game. A pack of three should suffice for more than half the year.
$18.81 (3-pack) at Amazon.com
Philips Zoom Whitening
Best For: Instant whitening
Philips’ whitening syringes are still one of the few recurring dental treatments found in top online reviews. Its 4.5 rating on Amazon attests to its quality. And the packaging looks to be just as convenient as the actual product with a user-friendly model any obsessed oral hygienist can pick up on. Scale back on your grooming efforts by letting it attack tooth decay buildup normally trapped on your enamel via whitening gel. A good 45 minutes should get your bridgework up to eight shades whiter. It’s also TSA-friendly, so dental fanatics can put in work while resting in first class.
$29.28 at Amazon.com
Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste
Best For: Cavity cleaning
Ditto with this one. Opalescence offers one of the top-reviewed whitening toothpastes on the market highlighted by its all-natural ingredients, cavity-purging properties, and tooth decay control. Within a few brushings you’ll notice stains fading, and you’ll develop a taste for wintergreen mint. Your dentist will be grateful inspecting your mouth during checkups. The brand also makes great whitening kits (trays, syringes and all), so needless to say it’s on point with its dental care commitments. Pair it with Crest's above-mentioned mouthwash and you've just stepped up your whitening game without taking up more space in your medicine cabinet or more time in your nightly routine.
$9.20 at Amazon.com
Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrip
Best For: Stain removal
Many Amazon reviews of various teeth whitening products report slight burning sensations or heightened teeth and gum sensitivity after usage. It's one of the not-so-fun prices to pay for teeth whitening, but it absolutely does not have to be. Here’s a whitening strip that molds to your smile. Crest’s portable whitening kit delivers top-of-the-line performance with non-slip grip to keep it in place when talking or drinking liquids. The company promises up to 25x better whitening than any leading toothpaste, removing coffee and nicotine stains with ease. Over 9,000 reviews with a 4.2 average out of 5 say so.
$30.95 at Amazon.com
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