teeth whitening

Top teeth whitening products

We review the top teeth whitening products and breath-freshening brands

Oral B Pro 2 Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are pretty awesome all-rounders when it comes to mouth health and whiter teeth, and can help remove surface stains in a way that a manual version can’t really compete with. Look for a version that tells you how long to brush for, indicates if you are brushing too hard and has a long-lasting battery life. Having switched to an electric brush, I’ve noticed a much whiter brighter smile. £34.99 on offer at Boots.

5 out of 5.

Polished Charcoal Mouthwash

Polished’s Charcoal Mouthwash contains all natural ingredients and claims to help remove toxins, neutralise bad breath, maintain gum health and leaves your mouth feeling fresh, clean and minty. A plus point is that all Polished products are animal cruelty free, and vegan friendly. On balance, the mouthwash did a fair job of neutralising bad breath and does help with stains over a long period but you’re not going to see a massive difference just using a mouthwash. As part of an overall at-home dental care and whitening programme, this is a fine choice. One negative is the taste; the charcoal mouthwash has a soily flavour and doesn’t leave the mouth as fresh nor as minty as some will want. £10.99.

2.5 out of 5.

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Billion Dollar Smile Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips offer a simple at-home solution. I simply peeled way the backing strip, applied thin clear strips to my top and bottom teeth and waited for 15 minutes to 30 minutes for the gel to take effect. The pack I tried said to use the treatment daily and supplied 14 days’ worth. I did notice a slightly whiter smile but nothing as impressive as the full-on teeth whitening treatment I had tried through a dentist several years ago. But this is a good budget option, although it was nigh on impossible to follow the pack advice to avoid coloured food and drink in the 24 hours after using! £22.49

4 out of 5.

Polished Teeth Whitening Kit

The kit is designed for home use and is pleasantly easy to use. It comes with a 7 LED Pulsing, which provides high-intensity UV light to efficiently activate the whitening formula. I used the kit before bed and the process took around ten minutes and was pleasantly simple. The recommended guidance is to use the kit everyday for seven days and after the fourth day I noticed some welcome colour change. Overall my teeth did get noticeably whiter and I would use again. I also experienced very little sensitivity. £54.99

4 out of 5

The Breath Company Oral Rinse

The Fresh Breath Oral Rinse claims to leave your breath fresh for 12 hours and has no alcohol or artificial flavours. The solution definitely left my mouth feeling fresher for much longer than other mouthwashes – though perhaps not for a full 12 hours.  With sustained use, I think users will find a noticeable overall difference with much less stale-mouth syndrome. I trialled the Mild Mint version and it was very mildly flavoured. It will suit those who don’t like punchy flavours but I prefer a fresher, minty aftertaste after using mouthwash so would purchase the Icy Mint version next time.  On balance the Oral Rinse certainly did a better job of killing bacteria and fighting dry mouth than more traditional mouthwashes and is available in Boots.


3.5 out of 5.