There are a range of products that claim to whiten teeth — but which one is best for you? Find out more about your whitening options

By Lisa Bendall

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Drugstore oral care options

Why should you pay for a whitening system, you might wonder, when there's a range of toothpastes, brushes and mouth rinses that claim to whiten? Many of these products contain a bleaching ingredient, and they do have some effect, acting mainly as abrasives, to scrub away surface stains.

Brushes:
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean ($230); Rexall Power Whitening ($8); Reach Total Care + Whitening ($5); Oral-B 3D Advanced Vivid ($9).

Mouthwashes: Listerine Whitening Restoring Fluoride Rinse ($9; 473 mL); Scope White ($6; 170 mL)

Toothpastes: Colgate Optic White ($6, 165 mL); Sensodyne Brilliant Whitening ($6, 100 mL)

Floss: Reach Total Care + Whitening ($5, 27.4 m)

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