You can’t always blame bad Zoom lighting for your teeth looking a little yellow. If you’ve noticed that your teeth are lacking luster, you’re not alone. Of course, dentists perform in-office whitening treatments in a matter of minutes—but due to COVID-19, getting to your dentist is tricky. The good news is there are a number of effective options you can try from home when an appointment is out of the question (or out of your budget). While teeth whitening at home can sound daunting, effortless pens, simple strips, and easy-to-fill trays take the guesswork out of illuminating your smile. Read on for dentist-approved recommendations, and more of the best teeth whitening kits to try at home.
Crest 3D Whitestrips Arctic Mint Teeth Whitening Kit
The ultra-popular Crest whitening strips are a favorite for a reason, and better yet, they’re dentist-approved. “After 20 days of daily use in our Beauty Lab, scientists found that these strips whitened teeth two to four shades,” says Beverly Hills-based celebrity dentist Dr. Kevin Sands. Dr. Lieb is also a fan: “This new version in particular gives a burst of mint flavor to make whitening more enjoyable.”
Teeth Whitening Pen Vanilla Mint
This pen from Kendall Jenner’s cute oral care line Moon isn’t all hype, no substance. “The pens are great because you can literally carry them around with you and use them on the go,” says celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Victoria Veytsman.
Sonic Blue On The Go Whitening Kit
If incorporating another step to your routine feels daunting, consider this seamless system: You simply add the whitening gel to your normal toothpaste, then brush normally. Bonus: The included toothbrush has a timer to help you brush evenly.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Not into the idea of putting hydrogen peroxide in your mouth? These strips count on coconut oil, lemon peel, and sea salt to whiten teeth rather than chemicals—and yes, they really work.
Set in Soft Mint Flavor
Founded by Swiss dentists Golnar and Haleh Abivardi, vVardis products tout the biggest dentistry innovation since the discovery of Fluoride called WX Formula. The innovative toothpaste, mouthwash, and genius whitening gel are housed in sleek glass bottles and Instagram-worthy tubes, and they deliver on the promise of stronger, whiter, and more brilliant teeth. After brushing with the sustainable toothbrush and swishing with mouthwash, brush the vegan gel-serum on your teeth for instant whitening results.
Spotlight Oral Care Dental Teeth Whitening Strips
If you find that whitening strips cause irritation to your gums, try this option by Spotlight Oral Care. Formulated by dentists, these strips just contain just a few effective ingredients (aka no questionable ingredients), including hydrogen peroxide to brighten teeth over time. Plus, it comes with vitamin-E dosed gum oil to soothe irritation.
Teeth Whitening Kit
The teeth-alignment specialists also offer teeth whitening essentials at (seriously) wallet-friendly prices. This starter kit includes six months’ worth of peroxide pens and an LED light.
GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device
This hydrogen peroxide kit isn’t just approved by a dentist, it was invented by one. We love that it comes with a (really good) lip balm to put on while using the LED light, too.
Intelliwhite Brite Defense Nightly Serum
Yes, you can get whiter teeth overnight. This nighttime serum has Xylitol, which prevents plaque buildup, vitamin C, and peroxide to brighten teeth while your sleep. Simply apply the serum to your front teeth after brushing and wake up with a more lustrous smile.
Teeth Whitening Kit
Dr. Pia Lieb, founder of Cosmetic Dentistry Center NYC, recommends AuraGlow as the next best thing to a pro treatment. “I love that this whitening solution comes with trays and an LED light to comfortably whiten both your top and bottom sets of teeth. It also features 35 percent carbamide peroxide (most dental offices use a 40 percent peroxide formula).”