What is the Best Way to Whiten Your Teeth?
If we’re honest, we all want whiter teeth. We want to not only feel comfortable when we smile, but we also want to show off our pearly whites. So, we brush and floss regularly, visit the dentist twice a year, and still – our teeth aren’t as white as we’d like.
Food stains and diet in general can wreak havoc, with our teeth and genetics can play a part, too.
So, is there hope? While we can’t promise to undo years of smoking or a lifetime of poor oral hygiene, the answer is a qualified yes. Keep reading to learn more about how teeth whitening products work and the best way to whiten your teeth.
How do Teeth Whiteners Work?
There are several teeth whitening options available, ranging from in-office treatments with your dentist to more affordable and convenient at-home methods. They vary in effectiveness and ease of use, but they have one thing in common: they all contain a form of peroxide, the active ingredient that can remove stains and whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening gels typically contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, allowing oxygen to permeate and lighten the enamel of your teeth.
Here’s the caveat we mentioned at the beginning: while highly effective at whitening teeth, hydrogen peroxide does not affect nonporous materials, such as crowns or bondings. When it comes time to replace a crown, you’ll want to choose a lighter shade to match your new, white teeth!
But how can you know which is the best way to whiten your teeth?
Introducing Teeth Whitening Pens
Likely you’ve heard of or seen teeth whitening pens by now and wondered if they’re effective. Let’s find out more about them.
What are Teeth Whitening Pens?
Teeth whitening pens are thin, plastic tubes that are designed for convenience, ease of use, and portability. Teeth whitening pens are safe to use and can remove stains in as little as two days, and often after the first application, providing a quick touch-up.
How do Teeth Whitening Pens Work?
We said hydrogen peroxide is the agent that can remove stains. Teeth whitening pens work precisely the same way: by bleaching the surface of the tooth enamel. The gel inside usually contains carbamide peroxide that is applied easily and quickly to your teeth.
How to Use Teeth Whitening Pens
We said they are easy to use, and they are. Just like a lip balm, simply remove the cap, twist the bottom of the pen so the gel comes out, and rub the gel on your teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to get close to the gum line and in between each tooth, and then wipe off any extra.
The gel will dry in about 15 seconds, but you’ll want to avoid eating or drinking for about an hour after to let the whitening process do its job.
How to Choose a Teeth Whitening Pen
Choose a brand you trust, consider your teeth and gums (are they sensitive?), and look at the ingredients. You have options.
Some pens contain a hydrogen solution equal to what you would get from your dentist. Others add coconut oil (known for its antibacterial effects) or charcoal for detoxification. Still others are made specifically for sensitive teeth and gums.
So, if you need a quick lightening and brightening fix for your teeth, the best way is with a teeth whitening pen!