The Best Teeth Whiteners

The Best Teeth Whiteners
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 19, 2011

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“I know people do not like to floss,” laughs Austin. “So for my non-flossers, I do recommend this. It cleans the crevices between the teeth at 10,000 strokes per minute and even has special whitening crystals.”

$15, available at CVS.

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“This is a really reasonable battery-powered toothbrush,” says Austin. "It’s great for removing stains and keeping the plaque level down, especially when combined with a toothpaste containing baking soda.”

$7, available at Walgreens.

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“These are pre-filled disposable whitening trays with the gel already loaded in them. Wear once a day for up to 60 minutes. They are shaped just like custom trays made by your dentist, but are much cheaper, and cover both front and back teeth,” Austin says.

$50, available at

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“This is the Rolls Royce of electric toothbrushes,” says Austin of the high-tech brush. “It removes four times more plaque than a manual toothbrush.”

$220, available at Walmart.

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“You put the gel in the trays and wear them for only 30 to 45 minutes. What’s amazing is, in about three days you see results. And you can reuse the trays," says Austin who adds the system can cost around $200.

Price varies. Available for purchase from participating dentists.

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“It’s alcohol-free which is kinder to your teeth,” says Austin.

$6, available at

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Heading to happy hour after work? Pack this tiny pick-me-up, says Austin.“It effectively removes stains,” says Austin. “Plus it’s discreet and portable to freshen up in a second.”

$8, available at ”" target=‘_blank’ >

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“It’s affordable and hands down it’s the best! I use the whole collection! I pick them up whenever I need a boost. It removes a year’s worth of deep set-in stains. You’ll see results,” she shares.

$43, available at Walmart.

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“It’s a great, gentle whitening formula for anyone with sensitive teeth," says Austin. And ice cream lovers take heart: “It has potassium nitrate which gets into the core of the teeth and forms a protective layer over the nerve.”

$6, available at Walmart.

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“Even without using the entire Crest 3D White system, you can still experience whitening with just the toothpaste,” says Austin.

$5, available at


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