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5 Essential Teeth Whitening Products You Should Have

Ever felt embarrassed after seeing how dull your teeth look in comparison to cousin Vinnie’s in your family photos?

Darn that cousin Vinnie–whiten your teeth!

While there are an endless number of teeth whitening products out there, we’ve simplified things for you and put together a list of the top 5 ways to have a brighter smile, fast.

The Top 5 Teeth Whitening Products

1. Toothpastes

Of all the popular teeth whitening products out there, toothpaste is perhaps the most common. You may even have a whitening toothpaste in your bathroom and not realize it.

Why are they so widely used? Ease.

Within just a few brushings, you can begin to see a brighter smile.

Not to mention, they give the added benefit of fighting gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay all at the same time.

Toothpastes are also among the top-rated ways by the ADA to safely whiten teeth, as they often use chemicals to “polish” and remove stains on the surface of your teeth instead of slightly harsher bleaching methods.

2. Whitening Pens

Looking for a super quick fix?

Whitening pens are versatile in that you can carry them with you anywhere. No need to restrict your whitening routine to your home bathroom.

Pens are also a great option if you’re looking to spend less time with a whitening routine. Unlike some teeth whitening products, pens require no stop-watch to make sure you’re getting a thorough application.

3. Strips

Similar to toothpaste in the sense that they are quite popular, whitening strips are some of the most effective ways of brightening your smile at home.

If you purchase a quality brand, whitening strips are also ADA approved.

One of the best aspects of the strip: they can remove up to 10 years of permanent stains on your teeth. And, they can do it safely.

4. Mouthwash

Once again, if you’re interested in keeping your daily hygiene regimen short, mouthwashes pack a multi-faceted punch.

Teeth whitening mouthwashes treat surface stains while also amping up your mouth-appeal with fresher breath.

Another perk to choosing mouthwash is that it’s usually on the less expensive side of the teeth whitening spectrum. Using a mouthwash instead of a more costly method can leave you with a little more cash in your pocket, but it may take a bit longer to see drastic results.

5. Cosmetic Whitening

It’s hard to argue the case against cosmetic whitening when you consider the pros of having a certified dentist, someone who knows a lot about teeth whitening chemicals and their effects on your teeth, performing the procedure for you…

One of the beauties of cosmetic whitening is that it can easily be done when you go in for your routine dental cleaning. Ideally, this would be about every 6 months.

Happily, this means no more need to remember a daily teeth whitening routine.

When you have your teeth cosmetically whitened, you also get the added benefit of having your dentist inspect and clean your teeth beforehand. This is done to make sure no possible problems will occur because of the bleaching process.

Choosing Your Best Option

Choosing the best teeth whitening products or methods for yourself can have surprising effects on your life that you may not have initially considered. Some of these may include:

  • Appearing more professional
  • Improving your dating life
  • Boosting your self-esteem
  • Encouraging further healthy dental habits
  • Sticking it to cousin Vinnie

For further ideas on how to improve the health and aesthetic appeal of your smile, check out our page on General Dentistry FAQs.


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