How many times have you looked at your teeth in the mirror thinking of ways to achieve whiter-looking teeth? We know – we’ve all been there. Though many have recommended regular flossing to keep your teeth healthy, it’s nearly impossible to avoid stains.

Your morning cup of coffee, an evening glass of red wine, and even seemingly innocuous things, such as tomato sauce and blueberries, can leave stubborn stains on your teeth.

If you’ve always wanted a bright, beautiful smile, then teeth whitening is definitely something you’ve considered. Before we share teeth whitening products and treatments to try, let’s understand what teeth whitening is first.

What is teeth whitening?

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Teeth whitening involves the process of bleaching your teeth in order to make them appear lighter by removing stains and any discolouration. It’s not just a one-time thing, though. You’ll have to do it regularly in order to maintain your teeth’s whiteness.

As we mentioned, a myriad of things we consume can cause stains on our teeth. Here are the main culprits:

  • Smoking
  • Beverages such as coffee, tea, or colas
  • Ageing. The outer layer of enamel on your teeth wears away, revealing the natural colour of dentin.
  • Certain medications, such as antibiotics
  • Poor dental hygiene

Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?

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Generally, the process of teeth whitening is perfectly safe and harmless. However, you may experience these side effects:

  • Tooth sensitivity: The inflammation caused by the peroxide exposure during the treatment may cause your teeth to become extra sensitive once it touches your enamel, which is where your nerves of your teeth are located.
  • Gum irritation: Teeth whitening products made contain active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, which is known to cause irritation to your gums when applied. However, a dentist would take care of this issue by protecting your gums.

These side effects are said to be only temporary, so you can expect them to disappear after some time. Just be sure to read the instructions and manual given by the dentist or included in the home kit.

Do you need a dentist to whiten your teeth?

Although you could get your teeth whitening treatment done simply at home or at any beauty salon, it’s recommended to get your teeth whitened by a dentist. They are professionals who are able to recommend the best teeth whitening treatment for you. After all, you wouldn’t want to risk injuring your teeth in the process.

Teeth whitening products you can use at home

If you prefer to take matters into your own hands, however, there are many safe teeth whitening products that you could use in the comfort of your own home.

1. Teeth whitening toothpaste

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Compared to the other teeth whitening treatments, using a whitening toothpaste on a daily basis is less harmful to your teeth. These formulas contain certain polishing agents or chemicals that remove the stains without bleaching, which is why it’s less likely to cause any side effects.

Not to mention, it’s way cheaper than other teeth whitening treatments and can be easily bought over the counter at pharmacies or online. You won’t have to put in much effort as well since you’re already brushing your teeth every single day, morning and night.

We recommend the Colgate Optic White Sparkling White Whitening Toothpaste that retails for RM11 on Shopee (left) and Crest 3D White Brilliance Fluoride Anticavity Whitening Toothpaste that retails for RM7.49 on Shopee (right).

2. Teeth whitening strips and gels

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For this form of teeth whitening, you’ll be applying a concentrated gel on your teeth with your fingers or a brush. There are teeth whitening strips available too. The gels are made with peroxide, which is also known as bleach. If you choose this method, then you’ll have to apply it once or twice every day for up to two weeks.

Consistency is key when using a teeth whitening gel. If you don’t maintain applying it as stated by the product, you’ll end up getting disappointed because there wouldn’t be much effect.

We recommend the Crest 3D Whitestrips Professional Effects Luxe that’s priced at RM37 onwards on Shopee (left) and the Dr White Teeth Whitening Strip that’s priced at RM35 onwards on Shopee (right).

3. Teeth whitening trays

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With this teeth whitening option, a mouth guard-like tray is filled with a peroxide-based bleaching gel or paste and placed over the teeth for one to several hours a day for up to four weeks.

Teeth whitening trays are typically made of a flexible material that molds to your teeth. The material fits around your teeth gently and allows for whitening on the surface and in between your teeth. These trays can be bought over the counter or prescribed by a dentist, which will be customized to fit according to your teeth.

For at-home trays, we recommend the Blanx O₃X Supreme White Trays, which retails for RM169.90 at Guardian (above). If you’re unsure about how to use the teeth whitening kit at home, consult a dentist immediately to prevent any damage to the tooth enamel or gums from happening.

Clinics that offer teeth whitening treatment

If you prefer to have your teeth whitened by a professional, we’ve rounded up a few of the top clinics in Malaysia to visit. These dentists will be able to recommend a suitable teeth whitening treatment.

Malaysia Smile

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Malaysia Smile offers a teeth whitening system called ‘Zoom!’. It’s a bleaching gel that is relatively cheaper than other methods, ranging between RM300 to RM750. The gel, which contains hydrogen peroxide, helps to lighten the colour of the enamel and dentin without damaging your tooth structure. The treatment usually takes an hour.

Tey & Khaw Dental Clinic
Address: 5-2, Jalan PJU 5/10, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operating hours: 9.30am – 7pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 5pm (Sat & Sun) | Closed on PH
Contact: Email [email protected]

Klinik Pergigian Malaysia Smile
Address: 13A, 1st Floor, Jalan Kenari 4, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong, Selangor
Operating hours: 9.30am – 7pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 5pm (Sat & Sun) | Closed on PH
Contact: Email [email protected]

Pristine Dental

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Pristine Dental offers two types of teeth whitening treatments: in-house and a home kit. If you opt for the in-house treatment, your dentist will apply a peroxide-based gel on your teeth and activate it with a blue UV light.

Each session takes around two and a half hours and requires four cycles, each lasting for 20 minutes. You’ll expect to pay around RM1,800 for this teeth whitening treatment.

As for their home kit, you’ll be required to wear a teeth whitening tray for an hour every night for two weeks. This will set you back by RM1,100.

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The Dentist @ Tropicana

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Located in Tropicana, The Dentist offers laser teeth whitening treatment, which uses a Laser White Technology from the United States. You can expect a 60-minute session and up to eight shades whiter.

If you purchase their teeth whitening package, you’ll also receive complimentary scaling and polishing services. An additional session for teeth whitening will also be included, valid for two weeks after your first session.

Address: LOT P-G-13A, Tropicana Avenue, Persiaran Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operating hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon to Sat) | 9am – 2pm (Sun)
Contact: Call +603-76218177 or +603-27146177

We Smile Dental Clinic

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We Smile Dental Clinic offers a teeth whitening treatment that uses Phillips Zoom!. They will take a photo of your teeth before the treatment takes place, so you can see the difference after the hour-and-a-half treatment. This treatment is able to lighten your teeth by up to two or three shades.

The effects of this teeth whitening treatment could last from six months to a year, but it ultimately depends on how well you care for your teeth. You’ll also receive an additional treatment after one year.

Taman Desa
Address: No 7-1-4, Danau Business Centre, Jalan 3/109f, Taman Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 5pm (Sat & Sun)
Contact: Call 012-5110714

Address: No. 32-1, Jalan Anggun City 1, Pusat Komersial Anggun City, Taman Anggun 48000, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Operating hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Fri) | 9am – 6pm (Sat & Sun)
Contact: Call 013-2020602

Imperial Dental Specialist Centre

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Imperial Dental Specialist Centre provides two types of teeth whitening treatments – an in-office treatment and a home teeth whitening kit where customers are able to do it themselves at home.

Address: 62 & 64, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: 9am – 8pm (Mon to Sat) | 9am – 6pm (Sun)
Contact: Call +603 9212 0605 or +603 2284 5529

Smile Avenue Dental Surgery

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Smile Avenue offers three types of teeth whitening treatments: a regular teeth whitening procedure, laser teeth whitening, and home kits. The regular procedure and laser teeth whitening can range from RM1,000 to RM1,700. The main difference between the two is that the latter involves a laser, which is known to be more efficient.

Their home teeth whitening kits, on the other hand, are priced from RM600 to RM700. It’s a much more affordable option compared to the other two. The dentist would create a customised mouth guard that fits your teeth properly, so all you have to do after that is apply the bleaching gel and leave it on for a couple of hours.

Address: A4-UG1-6, Level UG1, Block A4, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Publika, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon to Thu) | 10am – 5pm (Fri & Sat) | Closed on Sun
Contact: Call +603 2711 4638 or +6010 238 1298

Bangsar South
Address: Unit G-01 Wisma Averis Tower 2 Avenue 5, Bangsar South No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon to Thu) | 10am – 5pm (Fri & Sat) | Closed on Sun
Contact: Call +603 2711 4638 or +6010 238 1298