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Since hitting the market more than a decade ago, teeth whitening products are impossible to avoid.

If a whitening toothpaste just isn’t your thing, there are strips, mouthwashes, and even at-home UV treatments which are a fraction of the cost compared to a dentist visit. We’ve shared with you some of our best and worst whitening products over the last year.

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Purchase: Pearl Drops Glam White, $8.99

A gentle formula which whitens teeth with daily use over a period of just 2 weeks. Use once a day to decrease the appearance of plaque, remove stains from your teeth, and create a glossy finish which is perfect for sensitive teeth.

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Pass: Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, $9.99

While this toothpaste leaves a minty, fresh after-taste, it doesn’t do much to actually whiten your smile. Even when used twice daily for a prolonged period of time, the formula doesn’t appear to remove stains, let alone plaque.

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Ideal for sensitive teeth: Cleverwhite Dissolving Whitening Strips, $29.99

Effective whitening strips are notoriously difficult to get your hands on in Australia. Most people resort to dupes through eBay or other speciality whitening sites, but Priceline offers a great alternative at an affordable price. The whitening strips dissolve into your teeth so there’s nothing to remove, without causing additional sensitivity to delicate teeth.

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Pass: Polident Whitening Cleanser Tablets, $5.79

Although the tablets leave your breath feeling minty fresh, they don’t do much to whiten the appearance of stained teeth. Rather, they are effective at removing nasty plaque from hard to reach places.

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Purchase: Desert Essence Whitening Plus Mouthwash, $5.40

The only mouthwash which effectively whitens teeth after just one week, and is perfect for those suffering from sensitive teeth and gums. Use both morning and night after brushing for a refreshing taste, and whiter teeth.

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