After two decades of drinking coffee and enjoying the occasional cigarette, it was time for the best whitening toothpaste. During this time I noticed my teeth were decidedly yellowing while looking at the photos from my engagement party.
I researched having them professionally bleached, but I didn’t like the idea of harsh chemicals in mouth. The outrageous cost of the treatments turned me against the idea entirely.
Unwilling to walk down the aisle with anything less than a dazzling smile, I decided to try out some toothpaste options in an attempt to find out which one was the best.
Crest 3D White
This brand promises whitening in just 14 days using gentle foaming action. I bought a small tube and tried this one first. It tasted like mint, but wasn’t overpowering.
I found that it did foam up an awful lot, making me look and feel like a rabid dog. I usually brush my teeth three times a day.
By the time my evening brushing came around, right before bed, I noticed my gums were a little sensitive. This got progressively worse for the first four or five days I used it. I could see the difference in my teeth after six or seven days.
They were perhaps a single shade lighter after 14 days and my gums were very sore. I threw it away and decided to try another brand. Crest 3D White may be great for those who just need a little bit of whitening and don’t have sensitive gums, but it wasn’t a good fit for me.
- Good taste
- Freshens breath really well
- Leaves gums sensitive
- Not much a difference in whitening even after 14 days
Colgate Total Plus Whitening
I was raised on Colgate toothpaste as a kid before switching in college, so I decided to try out their whitening paste. What a mistake! Out of all five brands I tried, this one was the absolute worst.
It had a nasty texture and I had to rinse and rinse to get it out of my mouth. The mint was so overpowering, it made my eyes water and my nose burn. Even afterwards, I still felt like I had a somewhat chalky film left on my tongue and gums.
I had to use my finger and floss to dig pieces of it out from between my gums and cheeks, where it had caked up in the crevices. As for its whitening power, I have no clue. I tossed it after the first use and picked up another brand on my way home from work.
To be fair, I have no idea if this is usual for this brand. Perhaps it does not cake up or leave a film for other people. As with any personal hygiene product, one brand will never be ‘the best’ for everyone.
If you want to try this brand, have a back-up ready, just in case. It may be the best whitening toothpaste in the world for some people, but I just couldn’t deal with it at all.
- Honestly could not find any
- Bad texture
- Leaves residue with weird after taste
- Overpowering flavor
Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride
I purchased the cool mint variety and was impressed to note that all of the flavoring and ingredients are natural. The packaging said it removes stains, so I was willing to give it a try.
The taste was unusual at first because it isn’t sweet, but I quickly found that I liked it. The mint was more a hint than a full-on blast, which I appreciated a lot after that morning’s disastrous paste. My gums were fine. I used this toothpaste until the tube was gone, which was probably about two months.
The whitening power was amazing! I looked ready for my close-up! Unfortunately, when I went to buy more, the entire brand had been stripped from the shelves. I could not find Opalescence in any variety at my pharmacy or grocery store.
So, I had to try another brand. If you live in an area where you can get Opalescence, I can tell you that it is expensive for toothpaste but it is worth every penny. Had I been able to find it in my town, I’d still be using it.
- Natural ingredients
- Good flavor
- Whitening works really well
- Unusual taste at first
Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
A friend at work suggested I try Tom’s of Maine when she learned I was trying out whitening toothpastes for my upcoming wedding. She said it was the most natural whitening toothpaste available.
I had reverted to using regular Aquafresh after I was unable to find more Opalescence, and my teeth were slowly yellowing again from coffee and some occasional smokes. I was leery of using a toothpaste without any fluoride, so I bought a fluoride mouthwash.
While some people think fluoride is unhealthy, I was raised to believe it’s good for your teeth. I’ve never had a cavity in my life, so I was unwilling to stop using fluoride.
The toothpaste tasted okay and hardly foamed up at all. However, it doesn’t seem to really do much of anything. There were no changes to the color of my teeth, and my gums got a little irritated from it if I didn’t rinse really well. I gave it a few weeks and then tossed it.
- All natural
- Good reviews and following
- Doesn’t foam
- Feels like your mouth does not get cleaned
- After a trial period, the whitening didn’t work for me
Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste
With my wedding looming in just two months, I picked this up after my mother gave it rave reviews. I hadn’t considered it before because my teeth are not particularly sensitive.
However, with my gums being kind of sore after trying the other whitening toothpastes, I figured a formula built for sensitive mouths in general made sense.
I knew within a week that I’d found the right product for me. I bought the alpine breeze flavor and it was just right in that it was neither overpowering or ho-hum. My gums were happy.
My teeth are bright and shiny again, even brighter than when I was using Opalescence. The price is right, too! I continue to use Sensodyne to this day and even my dentist has commented about how lovely I keep my teeth.
- Excellent taste and flavor
- Works great for sensitive teeth and mouth
- Whitens teeth quicker than the other brands
- Price, a little higher than most brands
Finding the best whitening toothpaste for me took a lot of trial and error. I am glad I didn’t give up, especially since my wedding photos came out so well.
I got my new husband, who is a heavy pipe smoker, into using it as well and he couldn’t be more pleased. Id’ recommend Sensodyne to anyone who wants white teeth and fresh breath.