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Finding the Best Teeth Whitening Option for You

by Nicole C. Bridge
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No matter how stylish your outfit is when walking out the door, flashing a beautiful smile exudes confidence, charisma and vitality. That's a given. So what are the best teeth whitening options for you to keep yours dazzling? There are several types of products on the market and the costs and commitment associated with each can be pretty varied. Let's take a closer look.

1. Whitening Toothpastes

There's definitely something to be said for convenience. If your teeth are not severely discolored, whitening toothpastes can be powerful, especially when used in conjunction with other whitening products. Try Colgate® Optic White® High Impact White®, which is formulated with just the right amount of hydrogen peroxide to make it safe for daily whitening and also includes fluoride to protect against cavities. When used regularly, it can lighten your teeth up to four shades whiter*.

2. Whitening Pen

If you're looking for something that will still go beyond surface stains but work a little more quickly, think about a whitening pen like the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush plus Whitening Pen. The toothbrush is specially designed with polishing bristles and stain removers to help remove surface teeth stains. After you brush, use the pen to paint whitening gel right onto your teeth. There's no need to wait for the gel to dry or to rinse after applying. The product starts working in as little as one day and if you use as directed, you can whiten your teeth about five shades lighter**

3. At-home Whitening Systems

At-home whitening systems work quickly and are effective for treating deeper stains and discoloration. Although a little more expensive than whitening toothpaste or a whitening pen, they're a good option when you have a special event coming up and need especially fast results. Colgate® Optic White® Professional Whitening Take-home Kit requires only a 30-minute session once a day and can whiten teeth in as few as three days. This kit comes with trays and bleaching gel so that you can easily and neatly apply the treatment directly to your teeth. Talk to your dentist about it.

4. Professional Teeth Whitening

Most dental offices offer professional bleaching. While it's definitely the most expensive option, it is also the fastest, and you can see results in one visit. The dentist applies the bleaching agent directly, focusing specifically on the front eight teeth. Since this involves the most intense bleaching formula, your dentist may want to examine your teeth first and treat any cavities or gum problems before getting started. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, in-office whitening can be a very good way to begin a regular at-home whitening regimen.

So what is the best teeth whitening option for you? Think about what your teeth look like now. If they seem yellow or stained to you, then explore the cost and the amount of time needed to get results from each product. Remember that the results of all whitening methods are temporary. Consider planning a maintenance regimen between treatments to keep your smile sparkling.

*when brushing twice daily for 6 weeks.

**For advertised results, continue to use as directed for 3 weeks

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