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How to Whiten Teeth for a Bold Smile

by Nicole C. Bridge
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You can't underestimate the value of a great smile. A bright smile makes you glow, it shows off your confidence and zest for life. You might be wondering how to whiten teeth to accentuate your greatest asset, but teeth whitening can be a pretty easy way to add sparkle. Here are a few tips to get you started.

In-Office Whitening

The fastest and most effective way to whiten teeth is in your dental office. Your dentist will help decide what method and bleach concentration is best for you. This is the most expensive option, but it's very fast. In only about an hour your teeth can be several shades lighter. Professional whitening lasts about a year or two, depending on your diet and oral care routine, so it helps to establish a regular system between treatments with over-the-counter products that will extend the whitening effects.

At-Home Whitening

If you would rather whiten in the comfort of your own home, ask your dentist about a take-home whitening kit. The Colgate® Optic White® Professional Take-home Kit contains 4 syringes, and is formulated with enough bleaching agent to give you results in about a week. The dentist can help decide exactly what hydrogen peroxide product works best for you based on the type of staining you have and whether your teeth ever feel sensitive.

Whitening Toothpastes

Toothpastes that are formulated with hydrogen peroxide have enough bleaching power to lighten your teeth by at least several shades if used regularly. Colgate® Optic White® High Impact White® can whiten your teeth up to four shades lighter (with six weeks of twice-daily use) and contains a fluoride formula to protect against cavities as it whitens. By using a whitening toothpaste, not only are you taking advantage of the special whitening ingredients, but you're also keeping your teeth healthy, too.

At-Home Whitening Gels and Strips

If you're wondering about how to whiten teeth at home with something in addition to toothpaste, another at-home product is Hydrogen Peroxide whitening gel delivered from strips or a pen. Gel strips, which are applied directly to the teeth for a little while each day, can have positive results. A whitening pen can also be a good way to ensure coverage for the complete surface of each tooth. The Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen allows you to paint whitening gel right onto the surface of your teeth so that you don't miss any spots. It will adhere right away; you don't even have to rinse.

Now that you know how to whiten, try any of these methods alone or together to achieve a beautiful smile that will shine for all to see!

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