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We Tried It: The Best Ways to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

The FITNESS editors brush up on the newest at-home teeth whiteners. Hear what we had to say about each product, and see the proof in our before-and-after result photos.

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Opalescence Treswhite Supreme

The cost: $75-$100
Where to buy: Check opalescence.com for locations
The plan: Wear these flavored (mint, melon, or peach) whitening trays for 60 minutes once a day for visibly brighter teeth in days.

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Opalescence Treswhite Supreme: The Results

Tester: Elaine Roake, Photo Director
Elaine says: "I wore them at night, before bed. Sixty minutes flies by when you're watching your favorite TV show."

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Opalescence Treswhite Supreme: The Results

Results: 2 shades whiter

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Listerine Whitening Pen

The cost: $12.99
Where to buy: Available at most drugstores
The plan: Since it comes in convenient packaging, a thin layer of this hydrogen peroxide whitening gel can be used whenever and wherever for up to two weeks.

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Listerine Whitening Pen: The Results

Tester: Danielle Solari, Nutrition Intern
Danielle says: "I experienced a little sensitivity, but it didn't affect my daily routine."

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Listerine Whitening Pen: The Results

Results: 1 shade whiter

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GoSmile Two-Step Smile Program

The cost: $99
Where to buy: gosmile.com
The plan: Teaming together two of their star products -- the GoSmile Smile Whitening System and the GoSmile FlashLITES -- this toolkit promises to give pearlier teeth that stay that way.

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GoSmile Two-Step Smile Program: The Results

Tester: Lauren Kukafka, Assistant Art Director
Lauren says: "They're so convenient -- small enough to take with me everywhere. Plus, there is no waiting involved. Just brush and go."

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GoSmile Two-Step Smile Program: The Results

Results: 2 shades whiter

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Crest Whitestrips Premium

The cost: $34.99
Where to buy: Available at most drugstores
The plan: Formulated with a special fast-acting peroxide gel, these premium Whitestrips claim to work just like the regular Whitestrips, just seven days faster.
Tester: Kayo der Serkissian, Creative Director

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Crest Whitestrips Premium

Kayo says: "I'd probably do the whole system again to see more results."
Change in color: 2 shades whiter

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moniqueku wrote:

totally agree - I was excited to see some before & afters, but only one specified how many shades lighter their teeth got. It's hard to see the difference in the photos - but maybe if you used a shade indicator to show us how much it really changed. Bummer!

11/3/2010 04:30:04 PM Report Abuse
just_sangi wrote:

I agree with all these comments. The whole "experiment" was b.s. and does not help with their credibility whatsoever. I now expect to see Listerine and Crest ads popping up on the site.

9/30/2010 01:18:59 PM Report Abuse
just_sangi wrote:

Why are all the first photos taken in very Yellow backgrounds and the "after" photos are all just a bit fuzzy and taken under whiter light. It's deceptive and hard to see the real results.

9/30/2010 01:17:36 PM Report Abuse
amyamy529 wrote:

This slidshow was not helpful at all. The pics could have been bigger the lighting was just terrible. And no one said if they liked or diliked or even if they would use it again VERY UNHAPPY

12/17/2009 01:24:24 PM Report Abuse
rubymoon573851996 wrote:

The differences in the lighting of the subjects makes it impossible to compare the "lightening" of the teeth from the before to the after. There is no way to tell if the products actually worked. Enhancing the yellow with yellow lighting is misleading.

12/9/2009 02:03:14 AM Report Abuse
valleygranny wrote:

Not very good after shots.

11/24/2009 11:52:11 AM Report Abuse

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