These teeth whitening toothpastes get our pearly-white tick of approval
For a no-fuss brighter smile, minus the visit to the dentist
By Team BEAUTYcrew
Beauty Crew / July 16 2021
Pearly whites are a pretty nice accessory to have; they do say you're never fully dressed without a smile. Or hey, a little mascara if you ask us, but that's beside the point...
Basically, sparkling teeth are hard to beat, but our non-negotiable affinities for vino/coffee/chocolate etc. tend to get in the way of whiteness.
And while there’s no arguing that booking in to see your dentist for a professional whitening treatment is the most effective method if you want fast results, we’re thankful for the convenience and low price tag that comes with at-home options, especially right now.
Making the choice to swap out your regular toothpaste for a brightening, whitening version is the easy bit; it's choosing from the shelves of options that all promise to give you the pearliest smile of your life that's the tough part.
We're here to help – here are the toothpastes that'll actually work whitening wonders...
Colgate Optic White High Impact White Glistening Mint Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
Colgate is a classic in the dental department for damn good reason, and this minty whitening toothpaste is one of the biggest reasons why. Designed to lift teeth by four shades (wow, right?) in just six weeks (with constant twice-a-day brushing, of course) it's set apart by its hero ingredient: Hydrogen peroxide, AKA the very same whitening agent used by dentists during professional whitening treatments.
$8.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Sensodyne Sensitive Teeth Pain Gentle Whitening Toothpaste
Sensitive teeth and whitening products don’t usually play nice together, but this paste is formulated specifically to suit. It has a moderate-abrasion formula that gently removes stains and reveals a whiter smile without giving you the dreaded just-bit-into-an-ice-block-feeling (yes, sorry, we're shuddering too). In addition to its whitening abilities, it also actually works to calm the nerves inside teeth for enhanced sensitivity protection; nifty, huh?
$10.49 at Chemist Warehouse
White Glo Toothpaste Professional Choice
This guy was originally developed for models and actors who needed their Hollywood smiles to look like literal pearls, so you know it's no joke; its 'extra strength' formula features micro-polishing particles to evict unwanted yellowness from every single hard-to-reach area. And even though it's insanely affordable even for a solo tube of toothpaste, you also get a toothbrush and dental flosser with each pack. Deal alert.
$4.99 at Chemist Warehouse
iWhite Instant Whitening Toothpaste
You know those unsightly stains caused by your biggest vices/favourite things in life (wine, we're looking at you)? The very ones that have forced you to master the closed mouth smile? Well, this whitening wonder has them at the top of its hit list; get ready to go full Cheshire cat again. The best bit, though, is that it's just as determined to increase tooth strength as it is to decrease discolouration. Plaque and tartar best watch their backs, too.
$12.95 at Pharmacy Online
Mr Bright Whitening Toothpaste
A sensitivity-reducing, smile-brightening option that's free of hydrogen peroxide (which can be harsh on crowns, fillings and gums) is a winner for sensitive smiles, but house it in a Tiffany blue tube as cute as this one and you've got us hook, liner and sinker. It's also particularly talented at specifically targeting enamel stains; quite the impressive ability considering it's made up of all natural ingredients. Double win.
$13.95 at Adore Beauty