A flood of teeth whitening products are on the market promising ingredients ranging from all-natural to high-tech, and it’s hard to know which ones actually work. We spoke with top dentists to find out which teeth whitening products they actually use themselves.
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The Smile Direct Club bright on Teeth Whitening 20-LED Accelerator Light Plus 1 Premium Hydrogen Peroxide Whitening Pen is a favorite of Jeffrey Sulitzer, DMD, thanks to the peroxide-inclusive formula. “Hydrogen peroxide is the whitening agent in teeth whitening products. It penetrates the enamel to reach the discolored molecules inside your tooth. Once hydrogen peroxide is applied to the tooth surface, it passes easily and quickly through tooth enamel.” It’s one of the 50 Amazon products you’ll definitely use every day.
Listerine Healthy Mouth White Mouthwash
“This is a good product to use because it contains hydrogen peroxide, which can help maintain a healthy white smile especially after a patient does an in-office whitening treatment,” explains Mahvish Ahmed, DDS, a general dentist at Smile Design Manhattan.
We’re betting you didn’t expect straws to make our list of the best teeth whitening products, but several dentists we spoke to agreed they’re a major help in the battle against stains. “This one might seem somewhat unconventional, however, when whitening, one thing to absolutely keep in mind is what’s actually causing tooth stains in the first place,” tells Dr. Ahmed. “Repeated exposure to dark-colored beverages such as coffee, red wine, dark soda and even tea to the enamel surface of teeth, can cause quite a bit of discoloration.” You may not find them in restaurants anymore though, so you’ll want to keep your own reusable straws on hand.