Everyone wants pearly whites, but what’s the easiest and most affordable way of achieving that?
Whitening your teeth doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg — and with so many products on the market, it’s hard to narrow it down. Well, here I am — your loyal guinea pig once again with some products that will keep that smile of yours bright without breaking your bank.
Go Smile Blu
This is being called the next generation of teeth whitening with it’s hands-free LED light device which not only whitens your teeth up to 7 shades in 7 days … but it also brushes and cleans your teeth. Hands-free.
The device has built-in sonic powered vibration technology which will massage your gums, and on top of that, the blue light is proven to whiten your teeth at an accelerated rate when paired with Go Smile’s foaming toothpaste. This is on the higher end at $119 — but #treatyoself.
And if you’re really in a rush, pick up the Go Smile On The Go Teeth Whitening Pen. Perfect for your briefcase, desk drawer, or pocket. The pen is reusable and can whiten your teeth before that big meeting, or more importantly that big date. It’s a cheaper option at $22.
Twice is nice. Really nice. It’s also a premium oral care brand that not only whitens your teeth, but also inspires better brushing habits. The brand was founded by Lenny Kravitz and his two brothers Julian and Cody Levine. Talk about a rock-star smile. The trio found inspiration after a mission trip they took to the Bahamas. They have created two toothpastes (one for night, the other for day) which are free of SLS, parabens, charcoal, and triclosan. And for all you vegans out there — they have you covered. It’s also gluten-free (don’t eat it though) and non-GMO.
“Use a toothpaste that is focused on the right ingredients and with a great sensory experience so that you look forward to brushing,” says Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, DMD. “A toothpaste’s role is to impart specific ingredients onto the teeth and the gum area, i.e. fluoride, potassium nitrate and soft tissue antioxidants. Watch out for harmful ingredients like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). My favorite and top choice is Twice toothpaste as it helps whiten teeth in addition to being free of SLS, parabens, charcoal, and triclosan. It’s also 100% vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. Twice also promotes brushing twice a day with its daytime Early Bird toothpaste and nighttime Twilight toothpaste.”
Dr. Levine also suggests eating certain foods that act as a stain exfoliator — such as raw broccoli, celery, or apples. “These alkalinizing foods also have a positive effect by raising the ph of the mouth which improves the homeostatic bacterial balance in the mouth towards healthy bacteria vs. bad bacteria. It is important to balance alkalinizing foods (ph raisers) vs acidifying foods (ph lowering) for the ideal higher ph and for a better bacterial ecosystem in the mouth,” he added.
Crest + Blue Light
Here is another option that involves blue light. This Crest-specific blue light targets and neutralizes stains, and you can do it in the privacy of your own home.
Each device delivers full intensity blue light which hits every tooth featured in that beautiful smile of yours – so when it comes to this product – they have you and your teeth covered. Read more about Crest’s Blue Light technology here. Last and certainly not least — my personal favorite: Crest 3D White Luxe Glamourous Whitestrips.
I use this product, which is readily available at your local CVS, supermarket or pharmacy. It’s well priced, the effects are highly noticeable and it actually lasts. All you need to do is wear them once a day — and you are two weeks away from co-workers asking you “did you whiten your teeth?” to which you respond “no … why?” Because you’re perfect and you don’t owe anyone any explanation.
Remember, it’s important to speak with your dentist before using anything that might cause sensitivity to your teeth. If we missed any brands you like, drop us a line in the comments below.
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