What Teeth Whitening Products Actually Work?

December 15, 2022

Our teeth are the only part of our bodies that can’t self-repair. Once they’re done, they’re done. If you’re blessed with zero-to-few cavities, you might struggle with teeth discolouration (especially if you enjoy a glass of red wine at night or you’re a daily smoker). Whitening our teeth is always an option, and there are more than a few methods out there – each offering different levels of teeth whitening success. We’re taking a look at some of these below.

At-home teeth whitening

You’ve probably heard a few of these DIY teeth whitening methods. Smother your toothbrush with charcoal, or better yet, supermarket-bought teeth-whitening toothpaste. Lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda, and even vinegar have been used in attempts to make teeth a few shades lighter, with little to no success for all of them. The reality is that at-home remedies take exceptionally long to yield very few results (if any).


  • Very little whitening effect
  • Have to perform the whitening yourself
  • Low cost and easily available
  • Can cause sensitivity

Over the counter teeth whitening

OTC teeth whitening products are a step up from the at-home teeth whitening hacks you’ll find in most kitchen pantries. This category includes things like whitening strips, whitening kits, and whitening pens. Like at-home whitening remedies, over-the-counter solutions are going to take longer to show results, but will perform better. Still, this depends greatly on the quality of the product and how well it is being applied.


  • Moderate whitening over time
  • Have to perform the whitening yourself
  • Low cost and easily available
  • Can damage the enamel if used for a prolonged period

Dentist practice teeth whitening

As an added service when required, some dentists can offer teeth whitening in the chair. You are going to get much better results with a dentist-administered teeth whitener, but this way of whitening your chompers doesn’t come without it’s drawbacks. For one, you’ll have to actually go to the dentist (how fun), and a dentist that doesn’t specialise in whitening teeth is not going to do as good a job as, say, a teeth whitening salon solely dedicated to the art of lightening the shades of stained teeth..


  • Moderate to very good whitening effect
  • A dentist performs the procedure
  • Moderate to high cost and exclusive to certain dentists

Expert salon teeth whitening

This involves the most cutting-edge, most effective teeth whitening products and equipment that money can buy. Teeth whitening salons are welcoming, comfortable environments where professionals handle the teeth whitening process while you sit back, relax and imagine how good you’re going to look with a whiter, more confident smile.


  • Good to excellent teeth whitening results
  • Dental professionals perform the whitening
  • Relaxing and trendy environment
  • Medium cost

Teeth whitening products that work

Brilliant Smile™ is a Swedish company leading the way in professional teeth whitening technologies and products. Their products actually work, which is why countless teeth whitening salons across the planet rely on the Brilliant Smile™ range of products to achieve results for their customers. Some of their cutting-edge whitening solutions include:

  1. Brilliant Smile™ WhiteningEVO Mouthrinse
    This mouthrinse is the first step to whiter teeth, and is used to rinse the mouth before brushing. It loosens surface stains and discoloration, making them easier to brush away. It is also high in fluoride to strengthen your teeth’s enamel which protects against cavities, plaque, and sensitivity.
  2. Brilliant Smile™ WhiteningEVO Toothpaste
    This is a complete gel-based toothpaste for a brighter smile, stronger teeth, and a healthier mouth. It contains active ingredients that dissolve surface stains, preventing and minimising new discoloration. It also makes teeth stronger by rebuilding and repairing the enamel.
  3. Brilliant Smile™ WhiteningBOOST Toothpaste

An advanced whitening treatment toothpaste with BrilliantBoost™ technology for more intensive whitening. This toothpaste contains a special formulation of higher-concentration active ingredients, effectively dissolve surface stains and preventing new discoloration. All of this without any abrasives that could damage your enamel.

Visit Durban’s hottest teeth whitening salon

The Smile Bar offers four steps to whiter, brighter teeth and the confidence boost you’ve been looking for! Whiter teeth after your first visit is what you can expect, with a pain-free, most effective teeth whitening technology pioneered in Sweden. Feel free to book a teeth whitening appointment today, or browse our teeth whitening results to see what we can do for you.

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