The 5 Best Teeth Whitening Strips

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Your teeth, your business. Like skin, teeth come in tons of shades, and the choice to whiten them is just that — a choice, and one that you should never feel pressured to make. But if removing stains is your goal, the best teeth whitening strips are going to make it super easy to get the smile you want.

Teeth whitening technology has come a long way in recent years, and is way more democratic than ever before. For far too long we wondered, amazed and aghast, just what in the world celebrities were putting in their toothpaste over in La La Land to get those blindingly bright chompers. Some of us felt dismayed to learn that most visit swanky offices and cough up hundreds of dollars for dental professionals to bleach and use lasers on their teeth. Are most of us going to choose between rent money and incandescent pearly whites? Probably not. But the options that are now available to us — many of which can be delivered right to our front door — won't break the bank, and even include natural alternatives like charcoal teeth whiteners.

Love yourself no matter what — and, for goodness sake, love your teeth, no matter what shade they are. But there's no shame in wanting to enhance what you have, either — and these five top-rated teeth whitening strips can help.

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1No-Slip Whitening Strips That Remove 14 Years Of Stains

Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips, $43 (20 Daily Treatments), Amazon

As a trusted name in dental care, it's no surprise that Crest White Professional Effects Whitestrips are one of the most highly-rated at-home whiteners on Amazon. Each box comes with 20 treatments of easy to peel off strips that are worn on the upper and lower teeth for 30 minutes each day. At the end of the 20-day treatment, your teeth will be incredibly bright, thanks to a hydrogen peroxide solution that removes 14 years of stains. The best thing about these strips is that they won't slip, are comfortable, and you can even drink a glass of water while wearing them.

2Whitening Strips Made With Activated Charcoal For A Natural Alternative

Y.F.M Charcoal Teeth Whitening Strips, $15 (14 Treatments, 2X Daily), Amazon

A peroxide-free natural teeth whitening alternative, this one-week supply of bamboo charcoal teeth whitening strips removes stains, plaque, and can even help reduce oral diseases — all without hydrogen peroxide. One thing to note, however, is that you need to apply them twice a day. They're safe on sensitive gums, won't strip tooth enamel, and don't have the chemical taste you'll find in some other strips. Since these are charcoal, these will leave a totally harmless black residue behind — but that's nothing that can't be resolved with a quick brushing.

3Budget-Friendly Whitening Strips For Sensitive Teeth And Gums

Cool Teeth Whitening Strips, $10 (14 Daily Treatments), Amazon

If you have sensitive teeth and gums, whitening strips with hydrogen peroxide may prove too irritating for you. These baking soda whitening strips, which brighten your upper and lower teeth in 14 treatments, get the job done without using any harsh ingredients. Reviewers say these are ideal for a subtle improvement in whiteness, and the manufacturer recommends avoiding wine, coffee, and tea during your two-week treatment to see even better results.

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4Strong, Sticky, But Mild Peroxide-Free Whitening Strips

Utilax Flash Strips Advanced Teeth Whitening Strips, $24 (14 Daily Treatments), Amazon

Completely safe and free of peroxide (one dental professional who reviewed these strips says they're a great alternative for teens), these teeth whitening strips have amazing adhesive powers and produce results that last for 6 months. More than 200 reviewers have given these mild strips a near-perfect rating, mainly because they work without irritating your gums or teeth. But there's one caveat: You have to leave them on for 60-120 minutes (or even longer, depending on how white you want your teeth to be). Be patient and these strips will surprise you — in the best possible way.  

5Whitening Strips That Work In One Hour For Immediate Results

Crest 3D White 1-Hour Express Whitestrips, $26 (4 Treatments), Amazon

For an immediate effect, these fast-acting whitening strips are great to have on hand for last-minute events or appearances where your teeth require a little added vibrancy. One box contains just eight strips, or four treatments, so they're ideal for occasional use — don't mistake them for a long-term investment. Like their 20-day counterpart (above), you can talk and sip water while wearing these, and they're enamel-safe.

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