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Teeth Whitening at Home: It's Possible!

by Nicole C. Bridge
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You know that your smile is one of your most important attributes. In fact, an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey reports that nearly all adults (99.7 percent) think a smile is an important social asset. Whether you're getting ready for a big event or trying to maintain your bright photo ready smile, it's worth the extra effort to keep your set of pearly whites beautiful. What are some options for teeth whitening at home to stay on top of it?

Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

The Mayo Clinic says that whitening toothpaste is one of the simplest and effective teeth whitening remedies. If you use a whitening toothpaste every day you can lighten your teeth a couple shades lighter. Colgate® Optic White® Toothpaste is formulated so that it's gentle in your mouth and safe on your enamel. It packs more punch than regular whitening toothpaste because it goes beyond stain removal to deeply whiten beneath the tooth surface. Try using it with Colgate® Optic White® Mouthwash, which includes protection to shield teeth from new stains.

Whitening Gels

At-home whitening treatments are reasonably priced and work even more quickly than whitening toothpaste. The Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen starts giving you results after just one day and, if used as directed for 3 weeks, can whiten your teeth up to five shades lighter. The toothbrush has special designed polishing bristles and stain removers to help remove surface stains. When you're done brushing, use the whitening pen to paint gel on the surface of your teeth. The gel will adhere right away, so you don't have to wait around for it to dry or to rinse.

Even after considering these teeth whitening remedies, you still might decide to pursue professional whitening treatment in your dentist's office. This can be a super fast and effective option. Depending on the severity of your discolorization, the dentist can determine the right method and concentration of the bleaching agent. Remember, no matter what you decide to do, no whitening treatment is permanent. It's a good idea to use a couple whitening solutions in tandem to keep those teeth bright and white!

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