Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

While the dentist-prescribed at-home whitening systems are more effective than other at-home options, you may choose a less expensive over-the-counter teeth whitening kit. These kits may contain whitening gel and application trays, or whitening strips that you place on the surface of your teeth.

Whitening has become popular to the point that many toothpastes and mouthwashes are now infused with whitening agents. Toothpaste whitening is an inexpensive option, but it’s relatively ineffective. Toothpastes may be gritty and abrasive to the enamel, can only remove stains on the surface of the teeth and don’t actually change the whiteness of your teeth.

Your dentist can help you determine which brand of whitening may best serve your esthetic goals.