When considering the best teeth whitening products on the market, it is easy to get confused. There are so many options to choose from, how do you know which ones work?
As a dental hygienist, I would like to share with you the top 3 choices of the best teeth whitening products available today. I will get straight to the point as to which products work, how they work and what to expect for results.
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What Makes the Best Teeth Whitening Product?
According to the ADA (American Dental Association) there are only two active ingredients that will actually change the shade of your enamel.
These two ingredients are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Only whiteners with these active ingredients will work. You should consider saving your time and money if thinking of using any other type of whitener.
Products with high percentages of peroxide can cause tissue damage and should only be used with a dentist’s supervision. The percentages you want to safely use at home are 35% carbamide peroxide or 15% hydrogen peroxide.
At any rate, it is always a good idea to check with your dentist before using any whitening product to make sure you are getting what is best your teeth and gums. You can safely and effectively whiten your teeth at home if you choose the right product. Learn more about how teeth whitening works from Wikipedia.
Make sure the product has the ADA seal of acceptance. This is the American Dental Association’s verification that the product is safe to use and measures up to its marketing claims. This seal removes doubt from all the whitening product claims and is a valuable sign of product quality.
And above all, what makes the best whitening product is the fact that it works! Keep reading and I will disclose the top 3 best whitening products.
Opalescence Go 15%
This is Ultradent’s newest whitening product. The Opalescence Go 15% kit comes with form fitting trays that adapt to your teeth completely. The trays span from molar to molar and provide complete coverage of all your teeth.
The kit comes with 20 trays, 10 for your top teeth and 10 for your bottom teeth. The trays are prefilled and can be worn right out of the package with no mess.
These can be worn simultaneously or you can choose if you only want to whiten your top or bottom teeth. This product molds completely to your teeth instantly and in my opinion, amazingly comfortable.
I also like that it is pleasant tasting- almost like a mild minty fresh taste. Opalescence Go 15% contain 15% hydrogen peroxide and only need to be worn for 15-20 minutes a day. Yes, you read that right, only 15-20 minutes a day! They can be worn for 5-10 days depending on the results you would like to receive.
The superior adaptability of the trays ensure that the active ingredient stays in contact with your teeth during the whitening procedure. Your results will last at least 6 months and most people experience results after only 2-3 treatments.
This product has a few added benefits that other whitening systems do not. From a dental hygienist’s view, these features make this product stand out above the others. These benefits are added potassium nitrate and fluoride.
Potassium nitrate helps reduce sensitivity and is the added ingredient in common sensitivity toothpastes like Sensodyne. This ingredient blocks the tubules from the outside of the tooth leading to the nerve that blocks sensitivity to hot and cold.
Fluoride will strengthen the enamel, provide sensitivity protection and reduce cavities. So together, these two added ingredients will help to improve the overall health of the teeth. Learn more about caring for your teeth and gums here.
Opalescence Go products are sold through dentists and considered Professional products; therefore are not approved by the American Dental Association because of the strength of peroxide being used. So, you are not going to see the ADA seal of Acceptance on this product but you can feel rest assured because it is recommended and supplied through dental offices nationwide.
Dentist-supervised methods include at-home and in-office options. Whitening products supplied by dentists for use at home or applied by dentists in the office are considered “professional products” and are not eligible for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips
You can safely remove 10 years of stains and whiten your teeth 25 times better than a leading whitening toothpaste with these Whitestrips. These are thin, flexible strips that are coated with a tooth whitening gel. The active ingredient is 10% hydrogen peroxide.
These strips mold to the shape of your teeth and are used once a day for 30 minutes. The strips have a no slip grip on your teeth and I have been able to drink a glass of water without these strips moving out of place. Due to “Advanced Seal Technology” they will stay where you put them until you take them off.
Most Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips come with 28 strips. This is 14 treatments if you do both your top teeth and bottom teeth at the same time. However, feel free to only do your top teeth or only your bottom teeth if that’s all that show when you smile. It is your choice.
Feel free to only do as many strips as you feel you need to. If you reach your desired whiteness, you can save the rest of the box for a future date. The results will last 6 months. You may have a wedding or reunion coming up and you can easily wear a few strips just to brighten up your smile for a special occasion.
Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips are the first and only whitening strips accepted by the American Dental Association. So, you can feel confident that purchasing this over the counter product will give you safe and effective results. These Whitestrips contain the same enamel-safe teeth whitening ingredient as dentists use, so this is another reason you can feel good about their safety and effectiveness.
Be sure to effectively brush and floss or remove plaque from between your teeth by other means before applying any whitening treatment. This will allow you to achieve maximum results. Clean teeth will allow better absorption of the active ingredients in the best teeth whitening products.
Opalescence PF 35% Teeth Whitening Gel Syringes/Trays
This product is a complete at home whitening treatment system. It comes with customizable (thermoforming) at home whitening trays or can be purchased in a refill kit if you want to use trays you already may have.
The trays that come with it are heated up in boiling water which you will then bite into to make a form fitting tray that will hold the gel in place on your teeth. With the easy syringe delivery, Opalescence PF 35% is easily customizable for each person’s individual needs.
Say you have crowns on some teeth, well you do not need to apply the gel to these areas because crowns and veneers will not bleach. This can be a money saving feature that allows you to place the gel only where you need it which will make the product last longer.
This product is often recommended by dentists to remove discoloration of teeth due to systemic, traumatic, congenital or pharmacologic (from medications) causes. It can simply be used for darkening of teeth due to aging.
Opalescence PF 35% Teeth Whitening Gel contains carbamide peroxide, 20% water to prevent dehydration, potassium nitrate for sensitivity and fluoride for cavity prevention. Each syringe contains 1.2ml of whitening gel and can be purchased in amounts of 4 or 8 syringes at a time.
To use this product you would fill the tray with a bead of gel halfway up the front of the facial side of each tray in the areas you wish to bleach. This should use about 1/3 of a syringe. Place in your mouth and wear for 30 minutes. Rinse afterwards to remove any remaining gel.
You will see impressive results within a week but can be safely worn once a day for 30 minutes for several weeks. However, you will want to discontinue once your desired results are achieved. Results will last for at least 6 months.
I have personally seen no regression years later of enamel shade for my patients who use this. This formulation also comes in 20% carbamide peroxide if you wish but most people prefer the 35% gel for faster results.
You can keep the product refrigerated to prolong its shelf life but it should last 18 months. The reason dental professionals prefer this product is due to its viscosity. It is a very thick, sticky gel (unlike the other thin watery gels of other products). This is important because it is thicker than saliva and therefore won’t be easily diluted in your mouth.
Use A Safe Product That Works!
I invite you to try any one of the best whitening products- Dental Hygienist’s top 3. You will not be disappointed with any of these choices. When it comes to choosing which one is best for you, it is a matter of preference in how you would like to achieve your whitening results.
If you want a convenient, on the go, all in one product that is fast, then you will want to choose Opalescence GO 15%. This product will also give you potassium nitrate for sensitivity relief and fluoride for cavity prevention.
If you would rather wear a thin strip that is form fitting to your teeth and super comfortable, then choose the Crest 3D White Lux Glamorous Whitestrips. This product has the ADA seal of acceptance.
Or, if you want to wear a custom fitted tray and apply the gel only where you want or need it, then please choose Opalescence PF 35% gel syringe/tray system. This product also provides cavity prevention and sensitivity relief.
All 3 of these Dental Hygienist top 3 choices for best whitening products are recommended and used in dental offices. However, these products are now available over the counter for convenient at home use.
Please feel free to leave a question or comment below and I will be more than happy to reply. Thanks for reading and enjoy your white teeth!
The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider. I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences.