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Does Teeth Whitening Gel Work?

by Nicole C. Bridge
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When you really care about your smile, you tend to read a lot about teeth whitening. You want to know what really works and keep your smile looking white and bright. There are plenty of reviews of the newest and popular whitening products out there, but a question keeps popping up: Does teeth whitening gel work?

The good news is that, depending on the gel, it can really work, and the even better news is that it doesn't cause any damage to your teeth. Here's everything you need to know about whitening gel to figure out if it's right for you and your Designer Smile.

Making Your Smile Shine Bright

One of the ingredients in at-home whitening gels is the bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide. Bleaching with hydrogen peroxide helps remove the surface stains and the deep discoloration that ruins your smile, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). But bleaching isn't just about painting over the stains. It actually changes their chemical structure so they start to lose that dull color.

Getting Results on the Quick

Everyone wants a quick fix for a better smile, but if you're using a gel at home, slow and steady will win the race. The bleaching agents in most at-home whitening gels are considered slow-acting because they whiten over several uses and have a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide than quick-acting application treatments. Along with the hydrogen peroxide, they may contain a few other added ingredients to improve the product's performance and flavor.

If you want a more speedy option, you have to visit your dentist. In the office, she'll use a quick-acting gel that has higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide so its bleaching power takes hold after a single treatment. Most in-office whitening treatments focus on the front eight teeth, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, so when you're using a gel at home, start there is you want to see similar results.

Two Easy Steps to a Bolder Smile

When you try a whitening gel pen at home like the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, it literally has two steps:

  • Brush your teeth.
  • Use the pen on your teeth to apply the gel.

It could not be any easier. You don't even have to rinse. It dries and sticks to the surface of your teeth in seconds and works to whiten deep within your teeth. If that doesn't make you smile, this will. You'll start to get whiter teeth in just a couple of days. Keep your whitening pen with the rest of your essentials (lipstick, eyeliner, etc.) so you can grab it on the go whenever you need it.

The Best Option for You

Whitening gels sound fabulous, but they might not be for everyone. If you have very dark stains, fillings or crowns, you might not see the best-looking results from an at-home product. You should definitely talk with your dentist to find a better option for you. Teeth whitening can also cause your gums and teeth to feel tender, so look for products that include ingredients that reduce sensitivity and strengthen your teeth.

Does teeth whitening gel work? There's only one way to find out! After just a few days, we think you'll love using this product. Keep using it as directed, and you'll be well on your way to a dazzling Designer Smile that complements any look in any season.

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