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Which is the best home teeth whitening system in 2013?

Updated on November 15, 2013

There is an old adage that says “Smiling increases your face value “.

There is nothing like a wonderful and radiant smile that can cheer up your day.

Some people are gifted with that dainty set of pearly whites. Others rely on technology.

And if dentist whitening is not a viable option due to the cost, then there are a slew of home teeth whitening products available today which can make it easier for you to achieve the smile you desire.

And you don’t have to spend the big bucks either.

Here are some of the best home teeth whitening system for the budget user

Teeth whitening pens have gained in popularity over the past few years. While it is called a Pen because it resembles one, it is actually a paint-on device that contains a hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gel. Using it is pretty easy as well.The bottom is rotated and the gel is dispersed from a felt tip that is applied onto the surface of the teeth and left to dry. Experts recommend that you brush and dry your teeth before trying this. It can be used twice or thrice a week. The most important advantage is that it looks like a regular pen and is portable. Carry it in your bag and if you have an urgent meeting or a date and you want to look your best, then use it instantly. However the catch is that it cannot reach all parts of your teeth for example, the corners of your teeth. It is common to see patchy whitening after using teeth whitening pens.

Teeth whitening strips are also quite popular especially amongst the younger generation who prefer using it in place of complete kits. Teeth whitening strips are thin films that contain a bleaching agent like peroxide on the inside. They are applied onto the teeth and stick to it. They are usually left for 30 minutes but the timing differs from one brand to the other.There is an automatic dissolving variety as well that auto-dissolves after 10 minutes making it possible to leave it on overnight. These are easy to apply, cost effective and can be used just about anytime and anywhere. The only disadvantage is that they can be only applied to the surface of the teeth and not the backside. Also, a lot of people find that the strips have a tendency to slip and the gel spreads on to the gums causing severe burning. So, if you plan to use teeth whitening strips, then ensure that it is placed correctly and securely.

Whitening Kits with a complete whitening gel and mould are also preferred by a lot of people because their results can be compared to that of professional grade dentist whitening. Also, there's a huge range of options to choose from. From synthetic whitening kits that contain a Hydrogen Peroxide whitening gel in different strengths (3 to 10%) to Natural Whitening Kits that contain a gel made of Botanical Ingredients like Vitamin D, Pomegranate extracts and Chamomile, whitening kits are available in all kinds of shapes and sizes. A few kits even provide an activating light similar to the ones used by dentists.

Whitening Toothpastes are still around! While the newer and more advanced options have created a dent in their popularity, they still have a dedicated fan following who prefer using it in place of the more sophisticated kits. Usage couldn't be easier. You just add a layer of the whitening toothpaste over your regular toothpaste and brush.

Which of the above is the right one for me?

Well, that depends on what kind of results you expect from your whitening session.

  • For Instant Whitening on the Go - Use Strips or Pens. You can get whiter teeth in less than 30 minutes.
  • For Professional Grade Whitening without sensitivity - Use Natural Teeth Whitening Kits
  • If sensitivity is not a problem - Then use Synthetic teeth whitening kits
  • If you have ample time and prefer mediocre results - Use teeth whitening toothpaste

If you have the time and the resources, then dentist whitening is the way to go. It provides excellent and long term results. If you are looking for something that is more cost effective, then opt for one of these home teeth whitening systems instead!


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