Though too often overlooked, one of the most important features of our faces is our smile. And what exactly is it about our smile? It's our teeth.
Everyone wants pearly white teeth, but it can be incredibly difficult with our obvious addiction to our morning lattes and evening pinot noirs (or whatever red wine you drink, if you drink red at all) - two major culprits of yellow teeth and bad breath.
So what do you do when you want white teeth? Obviously you're going to watch YouTube and read Amazon reviews to see what products exist to whiten your teeth. But there are so many whitening products that claim that they are "top-selling" or "industry leaders", and it can all be quite overwhelming... and expensive. So we've helped you narrow it down to not only effective, but also cost-effective products.
Here are the top, highest rated on Amazon and most positively reviewed teeth whitening products that actually work and are super affordable. So before you go spending all your hard-earned dollars on whitening products, check out this list.
1. Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste
Sometimes it's just all about the basics and brushing your teeth regularly with a quality toothpaste. Opalescence is formulated with effective whitening agents that aren't too abrasive and won't damage the tooth enamel.
2. AimNaturals Activated Charcoal Powder
Though just a little more on the pricier side, closer to the $20 mark, there are over 800 positive 4.5 stars reviews on Amazon for this product with users claiming that they see visibly whiter teeth almost right away.
For a cheaper DIY, you can also purchase activated charcoal capsules (Amazon, $11.99) and make your own little teach whitening concoction with a touch of water. I've personally tried this and it actually works!
3. Baking Soda
If you've used lemon juice and baking soda to clean off your kitchen counters, you know that this combo is magic. While exposing your teeth to overly acidic fruits can damage them, using baking soda itself to brush your teeth is very effective in whitening your precious pearls, and in a natural way too. Also freaking cheap AF.
4. Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste And Whitening Gel System
With tons of 5-star reviews on Amazon, Crest's two-step teeth whitening system is tried and trued by many. While this toothpaste system works wonders for people with normal teeth, if you have sensitive teeth, we recommend not using it as the formula is quite strong and can irritate your gums.
5. Sensodyne Whitening plus Tartar Fighting Toothpaste
If you have super sensitive teeth and have trouble finding a whitening product that doesn't irritate your teeth and gums, then Sensodyne's Whitening Plus Tartar Fighting toothpaste is for you. The formula contains Potassium Nitrate which helps relieve sensitivity and lasts for 24 hours.
6. Arm & Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening Baking Soda and Peroxide Toothpaste
It tastes like crap, but it works! And that's what matters! And of course, it would come from the classic Arm& Hammer cleaning supply company. Hundreds of Amazon reviewers have loved the product for teeth cleaning and whitening. However, if you have sensitive teeth, we would also not recommend this one as the peroxide can be a bit harsh.
While we're at it, here are some other tips for maintaining pearly, white teeth:
7. Drink water after coffee, black teas, and red wine.
Always rinse your mouth with water after drinking any liquids that could potentially stain your teeth like coffee, black tea, and red wine. This will prevent any residue from sticking to your teeth and reduce the risk of stains.
8. Don't use lemon peels or lemon juice.
Using overly acidic ingredients to whiten teeth, even when natural, are actually very damaging to the teeth enamel and are not recommended by dentists.
Disclaimer: We're obviously not professional dentists who can recommend the absolute best teeth whitening products. Please consult your dentist to find the most suitable products for your precious pearls.