Besides our CHANEL flap bag, our smile is our best accessory. But if it’s anything short of pearly white, we’re remaining tight-lipped.
Unfortunately, getting to the dentist once every six months is hard enough; booking in an additional professional teeth whitening treatment is just asking too much. Even if it is the best teeth whitening method.
Teeth whitening toothpastes are much more low maintenance (and low investment), but does whitening toothpaste work? The answer is yes, but they have their limitations. Obviously, the best teeth whitening products are those that sit on the teeth for a longer period of time (think a whitening gel or whitening strips); toothpaste really only has up to two minutes to work and since it’s touching more than just your teeth - like your gums and the inside of your mouth - the solution needs to be less potent so it doesn’t cause irritation. But with regular use (most brands recommend using a whitening toothpaste two times a day for at least four weeks), you should see anywhere from two to four shades whiter teeth.
The good news is, there are a lot of teeth whitening toothpastes to choose from, so if you have a specific requirement (such as, it needs to be natural or fluoride-free) then you have options. These are our picks for the best whitening toothpaste according to your wish list.
6. The sensitive teeth-approved formula
Our pick: Sensodyne True White Mint Toothpaste
Some teeth whitening toothpastes can enhance sensitivity, so it’s important to look for one that’s gentle and low-abrasive. This Sensodyne formula is the best teeth whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth because it’s 10 times less abrasive than most teeth whitening toothpastes. And even though it’s extra gentle, it still successfully lifts stains and shields teeth from future discolouration. It also works to freshen your breath and protect against cavities.
5. The one that’s made for coffee addicts
Our pick: iWhite Dark Stains Toothpaste
If ditching your coffee habit in the name of whiter teeth isn’t something you have the willpower for (we hear you!), then add this whitening toothpaste to your bathroom. It has a triple action whitening formula that helps clean away dark stains - and odours - caused by your favourite guilty pleasures: coffee, tea and wine. There’s charcoal in the paste, which absorbs stains and whitens in one, and fluoride to strengthen teeth.
4. The natural teeth whitening toothpaste
It may sound strange to find a type of licorice in your toothpaste, but anisum is in this natural formula to protect your teeth against decay and plaque. Coconut oil is in charge of whitening - it gently removes stains for a brighter smile, and antiseptic eucalyptus oil helps kill bacteria and give you that minty-fresh finish.
3. The Insta-famous celebrity teeth whitening product
Our pick: HiSmile Day and Night Toothpaste
Have you heard all the buzz around HiSmile lately? Perhaps you recently spotted Kim Kardashian in your Instagram feed using their whitening device and now you see this blue-light whitening kit everywhere. Well, this Australian teeth whitening brand has been causing quite a stir, and all their products are apparently pretty amazing - the toothpaste has 996 five-star reviews on HiSmile’s website! This duo kit comes with a Day Toothpaste and a Night Toothpaste: the Day formula contains a microshield wax to protect your smile from stains during the day, while the Night formula has been boosted with activated charcoal and bentonite clay to remove tough stains and whiten your teeth while you sleep.
2. The one that delivers results, fast
We get it, you want whiter teeth, like, yesterday. This toothpaste claims to whiten and remove up to 95% of surface stains in three days. It has a mint flavour for that clean, fresh-breathe feeling, as well as fluoride to fight tartar and cavities. And of course, it contains an enamel-safe teeth whitening agent with a foaming action to clean, whiten and brighten your smile quickly and effectively.
1. The one with the same ingredient dentists use
Hydrogen peroxide is the hero ingredient dentists use in their professional whitening treatments, and this is our pick for the best over the counter teeth whitening toothpaste because it has a double dose of it. Brush your teeth with this fluoride toothpaste twice a day for six weeks and see visible results up to four shades whiter. Not bad for an at-home teeth whitening toothpaste that only costs $10.