I don't have the whitest teeth, nor do I have the yellowest, but as a coffee drinker, staining is something that has started to become a concern for me. It was probably around summer time last year that I noticed I had staining on my two front teeth at the top and decided I needed to do something about it. Of course giving up coffee would help, but that was never going to happen and as fantastic as it would be to have my teeth whitened at the dentist, I wasn't prepared to fork out hundreds of pounds. Instead I decided to see what DIY teeth whitening products were available online. Some I have found to be brilliant, some not so great. Check out my reviews below...
1. Go Smile Teeth Whitening System
The Go Smile Teeth Whitening System comes with these little capsules that contain the teeth whitening solution. You simply flip the capsule over, squeeze it between your fingers and spread it onto your teeth using the applicator sponge. It is so, so easy and takes just a few seconds. There is no need to rinse your mouth, the solution will simply dissolve throughout the day. You get a seven day supply (using one in the morning and one in the evening) and then six extra capsules for top ups.
What I like about Go Smile is that it didn't make my gums feel sensitive (like Crest strips do) and the solution didn't taste all that bad. It definitely had a long lasting whitening effect, though it didn't do too much for my staining.
I am not going to lie, this is expensive at around the sixty pound mark, depending on what website you buy it from. I actually managed to pick it up for around forty pounds from a website which I can't seem to find now (if I come across it again I will pop a link up).
2. Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep overnight serum
I recently purchased this product after seeing great reviews on a number of beauty blogs. It is a serum which you pop on at night time after you have cleaned your teeth. All you need to do is rub it into your teeth with your finger and voila! The serum is designed not only to whiten your teeth but to nourish the gums too. I haven't been using it for very long but I have definitely noticed that my teeth are looking whiter. The serum tastes fine and there is no sensitivity what-so-ever - a very promising product and at a sale price of £2.33 in Boots, you can't go wrong!
3. The Hot Straw
If you find that drinking coffee and tea stains your teeth, then you may want to consider using a Hot Straw. Basically this is a straw that has been specifically designed for using in hot drinks. It was originally designed for Parkinson's patients, as it helps them to drink hot drinks safely, but now they are marketing them at everyone as they can help to reduce teeth staining by ensuring the liquid bypasses the teeth!
It's not advised that you drink coffee and tea using any old straw. Plastic straws actually melt in hot drinks and can release harmful chemicals into your liquid - chemicals that you don't want to be putting into your body! A pack of 4 Hot Straws costs £7.75 and you can pick them up in pink, blue or red. They are dishwasher friendly so you can use them over and over again and they are the perfect size for popping in your handbag when you go out! You can buy them online here.
4. Blanx Intensive Whitening toothpaste
The Blanx Intensive Whitening treatment is a toothpaste that I talked about in my January favourites post. Basically you just use it like a normal toothpaste for two weeks, morning and night. Whilst I wouldn't say it is brilliant for whitening the teeth, it is responsible for removing all of the staining on my teeth, so I love it and would highly recommend it to anyone with staining caused by coffee / red wine etc! It costs around the ten pound mark and can be purchased from Feel Unique.
5. Listerine Stay White Mouthwash
I can't say that I bought this for it's 'whitening' properties, I just like using a mouthwash as it makes my teeth and gums feel super clean. Does it taste nice? No. Is it bearable? Yes! Whilst I've not noticed that it has significantly whitened my teeth, using it certainly can't hurt! :)
Sorry for the long post but I hope it has helped some of you! A couple of you asked me to post reviews about the Go Smile kit and the Blanx toothpaste so I thought I would pop them all in one post. Just to let you know I do not use all of these products at once! I just wanted to try a few different ones out to see what worked best for me. I am guessing some things will work better for some people than others, but I hope you can use this for research purposes if you are looking to whiten your teeth at home.
Have you tried any of these products? What teeth whitening products work for you?
Image credits: Biovea UK // Boots // Hot Straw // Feel Unique // Ocado