There is nothing worse than feeling self-conscious about your smile, especially when you know it’s getting photographed. You can try one of the hundreds of at-home whitening treatments that promise to make your teeth shades lighter, but how many of them actually work? If you want to present your most beautiful smile for your wedding photos, start here.
These six teeth whitening treatments are the most-reviewed and the highest-rated. Plus, they actually work! Whether you have 30-minutes to slap on a whitestrip or two-minutes just to brush, these tried and true whitening treatments will make your smile brighter. No matter how much coffee or red wine you’ve consumed, if you have cash to spend or can only splurge a little, we’ve rounded up the best whitening treatments for every budget and for every style. We’ve even found some incredible vegan and all-natural treatments as well, that work just as well as the pros.
Scroll below for whitening treatments that actually work before the big day, six different ways.
The Drugstore One
We know that there are a bunch of different kinds of whitestrips on the market, but these are the best of the best. These enamel-safe strips only need to be used once a day for 30-minutes to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. Plus, reviewers say they noticed results after just one use, meaning this box with multiple strips will last you quite a while.
The Easiest One
This is the easiest way to whiten your teeth when you’re short on time. GO SMILE’s Teeth Whitening Gel was meant to be added to your toothpaste, so you can whiten while you brush. “This was so easy to use!” exclaimed one reviewer. “Simply add a dab of gel to match your dab of fluoride toothpaste and brush for 2 minutes, twice daily. This was implemented into my daily routine with no extra effort – I found myself looking forward to it!”
The Professional Grade One
GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device is a professional whitening tool you can use at home. GLO, which stands for “Guided Light Optics,” is a technology invented by celebrity dentist and world renowned oral health expert, Dr. Jonathan B. Levine. Reviewers have compared GLO to dentist office-favorite Zoom whitening, and have said their results were practically the same if not better.
The Vegan One
This cute portable pen is bleach-free, vegan, and leaves a minty taste in your mouth. Also, it seriously works. “THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!” wrote one enthusiastic reviewer. “After having Invisalign for 2 years and using all natural toothpaste my teeth weren’t looking so good. I saw a difference after about a week and everyone keeps asking me how I get my teeth so white.”
The On-the-Go One
Catch yourself in the mirror before a meeting and notice that your teeth are looking a little dull? GO SMILE’s Super White Snap Packs will whiten your teeth on-the-go in…a snap! These little vials come with their own applicator and just the right amount of bleach so you won’t over-do it. Reviewers advise that you make sure your teeth are dry before applying to ensure maximum whitening results.
The All-Natural One
You’ve likely seen that charcoal whitening trend all over Instagram — and this one actually works. Made with activated charcoal powder, the mineral bentonite, and orange seed oil, this all-natural whitening powder may turn your whole mouth (temporarily) black, but will leave your teeth super white. “This stuff works really well! I noticed whiter teeth after the first use,” wrote a reviewer. “I’ve convinced friends with yellower teeth than mine to try and the results are dramatic! I use it a few times a week and think it works really well!” It’s recommended that you floss immediately after, as pieces of charcoal can get stuck in your gums.