These teeth whitening toothpastes get our pearly-white tick of approval
For a no-fuss brighter smile, minus the visit to the dentist
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / February 01 2019
Pearly whites are a pretty nice accessory to have. But our love of vino, coffee and tea tend to get in the way. And while there’s no arguing that booking in to see your dentist for a professional whitening treatment is the best teeth whitening method if you want fast results, we’re big fans of the convenience and price tag that comes with whitening toothpastes - even over whitening strips or a whitening kit, which often require more effort and time than we can muster TBH. We’d much rather just swap out our regular toothpaste for these whitening formulas. Hello, whiter, brighter teeth with every brush!
Given there are A LOT of teeth whitening toothpastes out there, including the latest craze for charcoal ones, we called on our Beauty Crew team and SUPERcrew members and asked them what their favourite teeth whitening toothpastes are. These are the ones they credit for their beautiful, white smiles.
#6 / iWhite Dark Stains Toothpaste
This toothpaste has those particularly unsightly stains in its sights - you know, the ones caused by your biggest vices: coffee, tea, wine and tobacco. Its triple action whitening and charcoal formula brings back the brightness, fluoride strengthens teeth and that minty fresh flavour, well that keeps bad breath at bay.
The review: “I drink a lot of coffee and this has helped reduce the dark stains and added a lovely bright white to my teeth. Good price and nice taste, too!” Milan, SUPERcrew member
#5 / Pearl Drops Luminous Bright White Toothpaste
Pink in colour with illuminating agents in the formula, this toothpaste gives you a whiter, pearly smile instantly. As for the long-term benefits, it contains low-abrasion polishing agents - silica and alumina, which work to whiten teeth and shift stains.
The review: “I have slightly sensitive teeth so many whitening toothpastes have been too harsh and stripping. This is gentle but effective, I saw a difference in about a week with a whiter glow and no sore teeth!” Georgia, SUPERcrew member
#4 / Sensodyne Sensitive Teeth Pain Gentle Whitening Toothpaste
Sensitive teeth and whitening products don’t usually play nice together, but this toothpaste is formulated specifically for those with teeth sensitivities. It has a moderate-abrasion formula that gently removes stains and reveals a whiter smile. When used twice daily, this toothpaste also helps maintain healthy gums and protect against cavities, plus, the formula works to calm the nerves inside teeth for 24 hours of sensitivity protection.
The review: “I have quite sensitive teeth, especially if I’ve whitened them recently, so my teeth don’t tolerate many brands of whitening toothpastes. I use the Sensodyne Sensitive Teeth Pain Gentle Whitening Toothpaste to keep my teeth looking bright and stain-free. Other whitening toothpastes can give me really bad tooth sensitivity but this one definitely seems to keep that in check!” Isobel Larkin, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Assistant
#3 / HiSmile Day and Night Toothpaste
This teeth whitening duo comes with one tube for the morning, and another that’s specifically formulated to be used at night. The Day Toothpaste coats teeth in a micro shield wax to protect from stains throughout the day. Then, the Night Toothpaste - which contains activated charcoal, bentonite clay, aloe vera and five key minerals - goes to work on existing stains to leave you with whiter teeth upon waking. And it also does the role of your regular toothpaste by maintaining tooth and gum health and protecting tooth enamel - all with natural ingredients. On the HiSmile website, this product has a whopping 992 five-star reviews.
The review: “After seeing the rave on Instagram about this celebrity teeth whitening product, I can finally say that the HiSmile Day and Night Toothpaste is absolutely amazing. It’s so affordable compared to the LED light kits and actually gives you results, plus there’s free shipping. After a week of using it I began to see results and I’ve been showing off my pearly whites ever since. Don’t worry, there is no horrible taste at all, instead it’s refreshing peppermint all the way.” Joahanna, SUPERcrew member
#2 / White Glo Professional Choice Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste
Safe for daily use thanks to its low-abrasive formula, this toothpaste is enriched with fluoride to protect against cavities and maximise oral health, while the whitening formula lightens teeth discolouration, including yellowing, to leave you with a beautifully whiter smile. And even though it’s already insanely affordable compared to the others in this list, you also get a toothbrush and dental flosser with each pack.
The reviews: “The best whitening toothpaste is White Glo Extra Strength Toothpaste. After using it twice daily for a couple months, I swear by it as my teeth are visibly whiter, not to mention the fresh minty flavour which leaves my breath smelling great.” Alex, SUPERcrew member
“The best teeth whitening toothpaste that I have found is White Glo Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste. I love it because it whitens my teeth extremely well and because it’s low abrasive it doesn’t irritate my sensitive teeth.” Aneta, SUPERcrew member
#1 / Colgate Optic White
This was a clear crowd favourite among our team! “After about a week of use I did notice my teeth were whiter and surprisingly I feel like it’s helped with my tooth sensitivity. I’ve tried other brands but keep coming back to the Colgate Optic White,” says SUPERcrew member Anne. Three of the Optic White variants - Optic White Enamel White, Optic White Express White and Optic White High Impact White all received equal praise from our team for their ability to improve the brightness of teeth in a short amount of time, and for leaving teeth feeling clean in the process. What sets the Optic White formula apart is the addition of hydrogen peroxide in the formula, which is the same whitening ingredient used by dentists during professional teeth whitening treatments.
The reviews: “When it comes to at-home teeth whitening, I know that your run-of-the-mill toothpaste won’t do the same hard work as a professional treatment, but when I feel like the red wines and coffees have left a bit of a mark, I like to use Colgate Optic White. I find that it does a really great job of lifting the brightness and making those stains seem a little less obvious, but still tastes like a refreshing toothpaste that does a great job at cleaning my teeth.” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
“I love Colgate Optic White, I have been using it for a couple of years and I find it really helps...it also tastes good compared to a lot of other whitening brands on the market.” Toni Hynes, Who & New Idea’s Beauty Editor
“My go-to whitening toothpaste is Colgate’s Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste. I drink a lot of tea and smoothies, so I want to make sure my teeth aren’t going to end up a stained mess. In between seeing my dentist for cleaning and polishing, this toothpaste helps to keep my teeth in check and remove any stains (it contains hydrogen peroxide).” Erin Docherty, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Writer
Our team may swear by them, but according to the experts, does whitening toothpaste work? We have the answer.
Looking for other teeth whitening options? Here are some more of the best teeth whitening products you can use at home.
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.