As 2012 comes to a close, we’ve rated the TOP at-home whitening products for your consideration. Start 2013 off knowing what the best whitening products of the past year were, and save yourself the time when it comes to finding the perfect teeth whitener that addresses all of your wants and needs. We’ve researched hundreds of brands so you don’t have to, and we’ve compiled them into this “Best of” list for all whitening products available in 2012. You’ve asked, and here are our top picks:
Best Teeth Whitening Kits
#1 Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System
This high-end whitening kit provides at home whitening that is as close to a professional treatment that you can get. Wear it for just 5 minutes with the light activator and notice tremendously whiter teeth. Do your treatments in one day, or 5 minutes twice a day for 5 days…it’s your choice! At nearly $200 it’s an investment, but one that you’ll be happy with.
#2 Smile4You Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit
Another high quality product, the Smile4You Ultimate kit includes everything you need for a dazzling white smile. There is enough of Smile4You’s FDA approved gel to last a very long time and the included accelerator light produces quicker than normal results. Priced at under $65, the Smile4You Ultimate kit represents excellent value for money and is a customer favorite.
#3 Mint Cosmetics Teeth Whitening Kit
Available with a custom fit mouth guard, Mint Cosmetics has up to 50 applications in the kit and produces results in just a single treatment. It is one of the few kits that have a custom mouth tray program for customers. The Mint Cosmetics full kit is now available for just under $60 (down from $150!)
Best Teeth Whitening Strips
#1 Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid
Perhaps the industry favorite, Crest Whitestrips 3D White Advanced Vivid produces professional results in 2 weeks. They’re easy to apply and the strips shape perfectly around each tooth and are easy to remove and clean up. For under $40, these are some of the best whitening strips available.
#2 Sheer White!
A new product, Sheer White! Strips retail for around $15 and provide wider whitening strips than other kits, allowing you to whiten teeth farther back in your mouth (useful for people with wider smiles). See results in 3 days and a total treatment time of 5 days.
#3 Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips
Another industry favorite, the Rembrandt strips help remove stains and dissolve after wearing them for about 10 minutes, meaning you can put them on as you’re leaving the house for work. They retail for just over $20.
Best Teeth Whitening Gels
There were a lot of top performing whitening gels for 2012. We narrowed it down to the best of the best, and there were still several. That just gives you more choices when you’re choosing a gel for personal use, and know you can’t go wrong!
#1 Smile4You Whitening Gel
A little more expensive some other whitening gels ($30 and up), Smile4You whitening gel usually comes with generic trays and enough product for up to 200 uses, which makes treatment cost a matter of pennies for each treatment. It uses the highest FDA approved gel on the market and a 14-day money back guarantee.
#2 ExpertWhitening Whitening Gel
This high concentration gel is FDA approved and comes in a variety of formulas for sensitivity or for maximum results. The 44% concentration is one of the highest available for the most extreme whitening treatments. They also offer a money back guarantee. The gel is $30-40 depending on the concentration.
#3 Opalescence TresWhite Supreme
A favorite of many dental professionals, Opalescence whitening gels are used in dental offices across America for take-home whitening treatments. It has the ADA seal for safety and effectiveness and is available in a variety of concentrations depending on how much stain you have, or how sensitive your teeth are prone to be during whitening. It’s affordable and works in just 30 minutes of wear time each day. Gel averages about $15 per box of tubes.
#4 Colgate Visible White
A mid-range priced whitening gel ($30), Colgate Visible White is available in 3 concentrations. Wear the gel for 30 minutes each day and see best results after just 2 weeks of treatments. The kit contains enough product for an entire year.
#5 Day White Excel ACP
Treatment with Day White Excel ACP reduces your whitening times by up to 85%, so it’s great for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time whitening. The solution has to be mixed and only has enough product for 9 applications, but it works great! Concentration strengths affect the price, which ranges between $15-50 depending on the size of gel kit you purchase.
#6 Pola Day
Available for under $20, Pola Day comes in a variety of concentrations, with wear time based on how strong of a solution you choose (longer wear time of up to 1 hour a day for weaker solutions). The antibacterial ingredients also prevent plaque buildup.
Whiten your teeth in just 3 minutes a day and improve your tooth shade in 2 weeks. Available in a variation of concentrations, Lumibrite rarely produces sensitivity and is the leading manufacturer of whitening products. It is also useful for removing tetracycline stain as well as removing stain from veneers. It’s also one of the most affordable gels at under $15 per package.
Best Teeth Whitening Pens
#1 Smile4You Teeth Whitening Pen
Whiten teeth up to 3 shades with this 16% carbamide peroxide solution. Affordable at around $10-25 per pen, the Smile4You products are one of the leading whitening product manufacturers when it comes to effective whitening products.
#2 Listerine Whitening Pen
This is a great pen for people that want to whiten on a convenient basis. Most people see improvement in just 3-4 days of use. The pens also contain a fair amount of product, lasting longer than the 14-day routine that Listerine recommends, which is much more than many other pens. It’s also affordable for around $11.
#3 Zero Peroxide Teeth Whitening Pen
This peroxide free whitening pen has no sensitivity and is also soothing for gums, preventing mouth sores. The pen can be used alone or with a LED light (sold separately). The sodium bicarbonate gel whitens similar to other pens but with the option of using a peroxide free product.
#4 GoSmile On The Go Pen
An easy to apply soft-tip gel pen works on artificial tooth surfaces as well as hard to reach tooth areas. Around $22, the whitening serum uses a twist and brush tip that helps apply the strong serum to specific areas of the entire tooth.
#5 Pola Paint
Great for first time whiteners, extending whitening results, or problem areas, Pola Paint uses a low level peroxide that can whiten teeth or re-charge white tooth color. Some people may not care for the tacky feeling after the paint is applied, but it’s still one of the better pens available and retails for just under $18.
Best Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
#1 Colgate Optic White
Colgate Optic White helps produce whiter teeth in just a few days more than you would see with strips or trays. It is one of the better whitening toothpastes available on the market because it produces significant results in just a few days. At around $6, it’s one of the most affordable whitening options that almost anyone can afford. The lower peroxide formula has less sensitivity than other types of whitening toothpastes.
#2 Arm and Hammer Whitening Booster
This product is used alongside your regular toothpaste, at the same time, by simply brushing it on. Many people report whitening results in just a single use and it contains twice as much of the whitening ingredient than some whitening strips. For around $4, it’s one of the cheapest whitening “toothpastes” that you can buy.
#3 Tom’s of Maine Simply White Whitening Toothpaste
An all-natural whitening toothpaste with a company that donates time and money toward community improvement, Toms whitening toothpaste cleans, whitens and is very gentle. Tom’s products are Kosher and a great option for people who want to stay away from artificial colors, flavors, fragrances and preservatives. It’s affordable for around $4-5 per tube.
#4 Rembrandt Premium Whitening Mint Toothpaste
Free of SLS, Rembrandt’s whitening toothpaste was developed for people who frequently suffer from canker sores. The toothpaste whitens teeth within the first week of use. It retails for around $8 per tube.
#5 Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste
The most expensive of our top 2012 whitening toothpastes, Supersmile professional whitening toothpaste retails for over $20. It works on dental restorations as well as teeth and removes surface stains until crowns or dentures are restored to their original color. It’s 75% less abrasive than ADA standards.
Best Teeth Whitening Mouthwashes and Rinses
We weren’t really blown out of the water with any whitening mouthwashes in 2012. However, whitening rinses can be a beneficial part of your comprehensive whitening routine, and reduce the accumulation of stain buildup over time. You might not see as significant results out of whitening rinses as you would with other products, but here are our top picks for 2012 if you want to purchase a rinse to use at home.
#1 Listerine Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse Vibrant White
Probably the best whitening rinse available, Listerine Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse can produce whitening results in 6 weeks or up to 12 weeks for maximum results. There is an 8% alcohol content as well (unlike our other top whitening mouth washes for 2012). It retails for around $8.
#2 Dr. George’s Dental White & Fresh Oral Rinse
Retailing around $8, Dr. George’s whitening mouthwash helps extend whitening results while also fighting gum disease. It also helps treat bad breath and does not contain alcohol. It may lighten teeth a few shades, but is best for extending whitening or preventing stain buildup.
#3 Rembrandt Deeply White Whitening Mouthwash
The alcohol free formula can take up to 12 weeks before seeing whitening results, but it also freshens breath and strengthens your tooth enamel. This doesn’t whiten your teeth overnight, but it can repel new stains and extend whitening results from other treatments. It’s one of the most expensive mouthwashes retailing between $20-30.