The Real Results From Using Top Teeth-Whitening Products

Much like other beauty arenas, oral care is poised to be bigger than ever in 2021. Everything from electric toothbrushes to floss and whitening treatments is getting the trendy-DTC upgrade. Crest Whitestrips are no longer the only players in the at-home glow-up game — you can choose from serums, pens, gels, and straight-outta-Xenon LED-light gadgets. But, as for what actually works? We enlisted the help of R29's Shopping team and other editors to find out.

After scouring Amazon, Target, and other major retailers, we compiled a to-test list of the most popular teeth-whitening products on the market. What made the cut: a mix of accessible drugstore buys (like charcoal toothpaste) and more premium specialty purchases (like $50 whitening strips). We then selected a group of testers with various levels of whitening experience, ranging from newbie to savant, and set them up to trial their respective treatment for three weeks. Ahead, behold the before-and-after results of everything from classic Crest Whitestrips to coconut oil-pulling and even a bottle of mouthwash that all claim to brighten your pearly whites.
We often run into products that not only have to be seen to be believed but also put to the test. Tried & True is where we suss out these trending goods & services by taking them for an IRL spin to discover if they're up to snuff. 
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