Looking for a brighter whiter smile? Perhaps you’ve got an important work interview, a special date, or just like to look your best. Teeth whitening strips are a great way to get good results in an in-home product that is cost effective and easy to use.
When considering which strips to use we considered reviews, versus claimed results, cost, ease of use, and comfort. Here are several options we found to be the best of the available products.
Crest 3D White Professional Effects – Our BEST pick
When it comes to professional results from a simple to use and affordable product, Crest leads the pack. For around $40 you’ll get 20 day supply of daily strips. In 30 minutes a day for three weeks, get results that last up to 12 months without reuse.
Users report results in as fast as three days, making Crest’s Professional Effects strips some of the quickest working on the market. You will, however, spend a bit more up front for the strips than some other brands, but, with longer lasting results.
- Speedy results
- Easy to use
- Most users feel discomfort
- Higher initial investment
Sparkling White Professional Strength – Best value
If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, try Sparkling White Professional Strength strips. For about $13, you get 28 applications of this effective teeth whitening product.
At a third of the initial cost of Crest 3d, you can experience a brighter, whiter smile. Packaged in a two-strip pouch, each of the 14 packets allows you to brighten both upper and lower teeth at the same time. The small packets are easy to travel with anywhere.
- Most cost effective option
- Easy to use, easy to carry
- Messier gel than other options
- Results may not last as long
Crest 3d White Gentle Routine – Best for sensitive mouths
Similar to the Crest 3d White Professional Effects, the Gentle Routine whitening strips provide professional-level results with fewer harsh chemicals for those sensitive to teeth whitening. Following the same great design from Crest, the Gentle Routine strips feature Crest’s Advanced Seal Technology for a better, less slippery fit than earlier versions, making them comfortable and easy to use.
- Great for users with sensitive teeth
- Same comfort and ease of use Crest 3d Professional
- Results may not last as long
- Cost is about 1/3 higher
Lumeeno Double Elastic Strips – Best for busy users
With a treatment time less than half of many whitening strips, Lumeeno is a newer brand with a lot of potential. In just 15 minutes a day, you can have noticeably whiter teeth. This is great for busy users who may not have the full half hour to forty-five minutes required by many whitening products.
At $10, Lumeeno is also a bargain. Their strips don’t slip and the kit comes with 14 treatments. It’s a great option for busy users willing to try new things.
- Fast treatment time
- Great low price
- Results take up to a week
- Brightening is not as effective as stronger products.
Bright White by Lovely Smile – Best New Product
Bright White by Lovely Smile provides results that compare to Crest 3d Professional. That being said, the company is new, with no other products to their credit. The product also does not have the ADA approval badge normally seen on teeth whitening products.
They are however, half the price of the Crest product, with a quality, non-slip strip that does its job well. If you’re up for a little product testing, and want top results, this might be the product for you.
- Great product with amazing results
- Excellent price point
- Untested manufacturer
- No ADA approval rating
Lumist Advanced Teeth Whitening Strips – Best Results in Shortest Time
Lumist advanced is a top-level product with results that speak for themselves. They provide up to 5 shades of whitening in 5 days, versus the 3 day “noticeable” results offered by others.
You can expect to pay a little more at around $30 for a 10-day treatment. Also, their strips are not as comfortable and easy to use as more established brands. One added benefit is that clinical trials showed little to no sensitivity to this product.
- Delivers Great Results Fast
- Works well on sensitive teeth
- Higher price point
- Lower design quality
Features To Look Out For
Overall we found there are several great options for those looking for a whiter smile in a DIY solution. Here are some things to look for, if you decide to try other available products not outlined here.
Cost versus benefit: Since this is a product you’ll need to reuse to maintain results, you’ll want to strike a balance between your expense and the results you’re getting. This will vary from user to user.
Choose your product for ease of use: This seems to be the biggest factor with reviewers, over results, as most products will present you with noticeably whiter teeth if used correctly.
Don’t forget to consider sensitivity: Although you may not find you are sensitive now, over time harsh products may cause considerable discomfort. After use, take time to notice any problems you have and make adjustments in treatment time or product, to avoid long-lasting issues.