From Khloé Kardashian to Ciara, shots of celebs using at-home, light-based whitening kits are blowing up all over Instagram. And it's no surprise since your smile is one of the first things that other people notice | Source: Khloe Kardashian Instagram

The Best At-Home Teeth Whitening Products for a Brighter Smile

There’s nothing as confidence boosting as a bright white smile. However, coffee, wine and some of our favourite foods can cause unwanted external discolouration, dulling the shine of your pearly whites. Enter, at-home teeth whitening kits.

Proliferating with the help of influencers and social media, at-home whitening kits like the ever-popular Hi-Smile offer an affordable and convenient alternative to in-chair teeth whitening. But before simply adding to the cart, it’s worth assessing your options and consulting your dentist to see if a particular product, or teeth whitening in general, is right for you.

What are the risks of teeth whitening?

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the quest for the bright million-dollar smile has seen many misuse whitening kits purchased online. Overuse of teeth whitening products has been proven to damage tooth enamel leading to tooth sensitivity and, in some cases, tooth decay. Whitening gels, particularly brush-on gels, can also cause gum irritation when applied poorly.

The ADA even points out that products promising an ‘all-natural’ approach to teeth whitening often contain chemicals like sodium chlorite or sodium perborate which can lead to surface abrasions on the teeth. It’s also worth noting that only registered dental practitioners can use and supply high concentration teeth whitening products that have either more than 18 per cent carbamide peroxide or more than six per cent hydrogen peroxide.

But, once you have the all-clear to whiten your teeth, here are some of the top-rated products to brighten those pearly whites.

Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit

Comprised of a brush applicator, silicone mouthguard and three whitening pens, the Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit uses a 6 per cent concentration of hydrogen peroxide solution; the maximum amount according to Australian law.

Each pen offers 30 applications, making it a convenient and value-for-money alternative to single syringe whitening kits. With initial daily use for five days, users report a noticeable difference in the brightness of their smiles.

Advanced teeth whitening kit
Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit, A$98 | Source: Advanced Whitening

Mr. Bright Whitening Pen

Made without hydrogen peroxide, Mr Bright Whitening Pen promises to brighten your smile over time. All you need to do is apply the gel, which contains sodium bicarbonate as its whitening ingredient, and wait between 10 to 30 minutes. No LED light is required, although you can use one in conjunction with this whitening pen.

Mr. Bright tooth whitening pen
Mr. Bright Whitening Pen, A$34.95 | Source: Adore Beauty

Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste

Using a two per cent concentration of hydrogen peroxide, Colgate Optic White Express White toothpaste is one of the top-rated whitening toothpastes available for purchase in Australia. While the whitening ingredient in this toothpaste is relatively low, Optic White offers a more gentle approach to whitening or a complimentary whitening product as part of a broader treatment plan.

Colgate Optic White toothpaste
Colgate Optic White Express White, A$8.99 | Source: Chemist Warehouse

Oral B 3D White Luxe Advanced Seal Whitening Treatments

Containing a high concentration of 5.25 per cent hydrogen peroxide, these Oral B whitening strips are another way of brightening your smile. All you have to do is apply the strips onto your teeth and leave them on for an hour each day for two weeks. According to reviews, most see results even after just two or three uses.

Oral B whitening strips
Oral B 3D White Luxe Advanced Seal 14 Whitening Treatments, A$26.99 | Source: Chemist Warehouse

SmilePro Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit

Another at-home whitening kit that has been praised for transforming smiles is the SmilePro Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit. The kit includes three whitening pens and an LED accelerator and has received positive reviews based on visible whitening results after use and minimal discomfort in terms of gum and tooth sensitivity. Simply apply the gel and leave it on for up to 30 minutes with the LED mouthguard on, and expect whiter teeth with regular treatments.

SmilePro teeth whitening kit
SmilePro Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit, A$99.50 | Source: SmilePro

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