Hands up if you drank way too much coffee during lockdown? Have you noticed your teeth look a little dull and can't bear people to see it post quarantine? If the answer is yes, it's time to transform your smile with an at-home teeth whitening kit.
Whether you're looking for a budget buy whitening toothpaste, or whether you're after a dentist-approved DIY treatment, see our suggestions below…
The best teeth whitening kit created by dentists
Spotlight Oral Care Teeth Whitening System, £39.95, Beauty Bay
The Spotlight Oral Care Teeth Whitening System contains a full 14-day course of whitening strips and a free 100ml Whitening Toothpaste. Created by dentists Dr Lisa and Dr Vanessa Creaven, both products contain the active whitening ingredient hydrogen peroxide which is clinically proven to whiten teeth. The system whitens teeth gradually and safely at home. Wear strips for one-hour daily for 14 days and combine with its whitening toothpaste to brighten teeth and get real results without sensitivity.
The best teeth whitening pen with a celebrity backing
Moon Oral Care Kendall Jenner Whitening Pen, £19.95, Beauty Bay
Curated by Kendall Jenner, Moon Oral Care's signature on-the-go whitening pen is for instant brightening and long term whitening. With an Elixir III proprietary antioxidant blend of honeysuckle flower extract, strawberry extract and lavender oil, and fresh vanilla mint flavour will leave your smile shining.
The best luxe teeth whitening kit
Icy Bear Dental Care, from £17.99, Icy Bear Dental Care
Shine bright like a diamond with Icy Bear Dental care for next level luxe teeth whitening. Founded by facial aesthetics power duo and stars of The Real Housewives of Cheshire, Doctors Hanna and Martin Kinsella, Icy Bear Dental Care is professional affordable luxury for your smile.
The professionally developed toothpaste contains the finest diamond dust - a natural abrasive agent that reduces staining whilst polishing the surface of the enamel to restore teeth to their natural whiteness. The strips also stand apart from competitors - once applied they rapidly dissolve within 10-15 minutes making them ideal to use on a busy day with no messy gels or residue on the teeth.
The best teeth whitening toothbrush that cleans and whitens as you brush
Foreo Issa 3, £149, Foreo
Featuring Sonic Pulse technology, issaTM 3 delivers up to 11,000 high-intensity pulsations per minute to break up and remove plaque, while gently massaging gums. However, unlike other electric brushes on the market, issaTM 3 is designed to work effectively with the natural manual brushing gesture you have used your whole life, not replace it with an entirely different movement - for an effortlessly perfect brushing routine.
The Issa 3 is a brushstroke of genius; cleaning teeth, gums, tongue & cheeks all-in-1. The new Hybrid Wave Brush Head has 2x stronger silicone bristles, and a low-battery indicator.
The best teeth kit with minimal sensitivity
Smile Science Harley Street Teeth Whitening Kit, £15.95, Feel Unique
This kit delivers intensive stain removal and teeth whitening results for sensitive teeth of up to 8 shades whiter, in just 10 days. Safe and convenient to use at-home, the pre-stain remover effectively removes stains before the whitening gel is activated by a 5-point Blue LED Accelerating Light to enhance the teeth whitening process and achieve rapid, long-lasting results.
The best teeth whitening pen for on-the-go whitening
Teeth whitening pen, £19, Swiss Clinic
Introducing an efficient teeth whitening tool - perfect for the ones short on time and who want an easy refreshment of the teeth. The teeth whitening pen is easy to use, and quickly reduces discolouration.
The best teeth whitening toothpaste on a budget
Colgate's Max White Ultimate Whitening Toothpaste, £10, Boots
Colgate's Max White Ultimate Whitening Toothpaste is the first 2 enzyme boosted whitening toothpaste with a professional whitening ingredient – Hydrogen peroxide. The formula is powered with a non-abrasive breakthrough whitening technology, composed of three key ingredients that work in synergy for the best results. It safely removes stains below the enamel surface caused by food, coffee, wine and even tobacco.
Why you should add a water flosser to your dental regime
Waterpik Water Flosser, £109.40, Amazon
Dr Kamala Aydazada from Kensington Cosmetic Dentistry recommends ditching the over the counter treatments and invest in a water flosser machine instead. "These at-home devices direct a stream of water onto your teeth and gums, and are proven to reduce plaque and improve the overall health of your gums. I recommend using water flosser as a supplement to your regular brushing and flossing regime."
She also suggests reducing your consumption of coloured drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine & carbonated beverages, as well as watching how many sugary snacks you consume.
The expert professional also suggested waiting to brush your teeth after a snack or a meal. "Wait for 30 - 60 minutes before you do so, especially after having acidic foods."
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