There is now an impressive range of whitening toothpastes and other bleaching products available in drugstores and on the Internet. But do the DIY helpers really do the trick? Depends on what you expect.
Basically, no over-the-counter product can be compared to professional bleaching. To whiten the natural color of your teeth, toothpastes and other over-the-counter products are not enough,” says Dr. Ralf. Ralf Rößler, prophylaxis expert and lecturer at Steinbeis University in Berlin. If you want to whiten your teeth considerably, there is no getting around a professional. If only a few discolorations bother you, home products can also help.
Our editors have tested 4 very different bleaching products. Here come the testimonials.
- Before you go: Off to the dentist!
- 1. Whitening toothpaste in the test: Does it really work?
- 2. Brush away discoloration with dental floss: This is how it works
- 3. You can prevent discoloration with mouth rinses
- 4. Bleaching tray for the telephone in the test
- Conclusion: Teeth whitening also works at home
Before you go: Off to the dentist!
Don’t rush things: Even if you want to whiten at home, you must first visit the dentist. The teeth should be healthy before bleaching. Caries must be treated beforehand. Especially if you have exposed necks of teeth, you should consult a professional before whitening. Otherwise you may lose your smile from the pain. By the way: Here are more tips for white teeth.
1. Whitening toothpaste in the test: Does it really work?
White teeth really do come out of a tube. A study by the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg shows that so-called “whitening toothpastes” can dissolve discolorations such as those caused by nicotine, coffee, tea or red wine and thus whiten the teeth by two to three levels. We have worked with the “Extra White” from Odol-med 3 brushed. Conclusion: Tastes pleasantly fresh and the teeth feel much smoother afterwards than with conventional toothpaste. After 2 weeks of consistent use actually shows a slight whitening effect: coffee discoloration is visibly reduced. However, they do not become whiter than nature intended them to be for the reasons mentioned above.
2. Brush away discoloration with dental floss: This is how it works
Pay attention to a smoker or coffeeholic: The interdental spaces are usually the first to become discolored. The “3D-White Luxe” dental floss from Oral-B is supposed to help. Our tester used it twice a day. Test result: Teeth feel cleaner with each use. After 14 days, the actual color of the teeth has not changed. But: The spaces between the teeth are really much brighter in combination with the whitening toothpaste.
The professional also confirms that this is not just my imagination. “Regular flossing can help dissolve and prevent discoloration caused by certain foods,” says Dr. Ralf Rößler. By the way, we also once asked a dentist which is better: manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush?
3. You can prevent discoloration with mouth rinses
Mouth rinses are a good addition to daily oral hygiene to maintain tooth whiteness. “Especially suitable are those that contain essential oils,” explains Rößler. Products such as the “Advanced White” from Listerine however, have a preventive rather than a whitening effect. Our test person gargled for a month. The teeth are not brighter. Despite a lot of coffee and occasional red wine, however, no new discolorations were added. After all.
Conclusion: A good product to prevent new discoloration and maintain the effect after bleaching.
The whitening mouth rinse “Advanced White” from Listerine.
4. Bleaching tray for the telephone in the test
Similar to the professional, there are now also weaker doses of whitening gels for home use, which are activated with LED light. The light emits blue light onto the teeth – this is supposed to accelerate the whitening effect. We have tested the “Premium Teeth Whitening Set” from Whitesensation tried out. This is how it works: Brush and dry teeth (very unusual), brush gel on the front of the teeth, connect the cell phone to the rubber mouthpiece, switch on the lamp and wait 15 minutes. Repeat twice. So in total, one pass takes a whopping 45 minutes. Be careful for another 2 hours (do not smoke, do not eat, drink only still water). Use 1 time a day for 7 days. Conclusion: The procedure is easier than the description suggests and not at all unpleasant. The gel is tasteless and odorless. You don’t notice anything – except a real whitening effect after only a few applications. After one week all discolorations are dissolved and the teeth shine like after a professional teeth cleaning. If you are also interested: How to strengthen your tooth enamel.
Conclusion: Teeth whitening also works at home
Although only slightly, but significantly cheaper than at the dentist. If you only want to get rid of a few discolorations, the products from our test are sufficient. But be sure to have your teeth checked beforehand to make sure they are healthy enough for home bleaching.
- 1 Before you go: Off to the dentist!
- 2 1. Whitening toothpaste in the test: Does it really work?
- 3 2. Brush away discoloration with dental floss: This is how it works
- 4 3. You can prevent discoloration with mouth rinses
- 5 4. Bleaching tray for the telephone in the test
- 6 Conclusion: Teeth whitening also works at home