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How Does a Teeth Whitening Pen Work?

Teeth whitening pens are a quick and simple way to enhance the whiteness of your teeth. They are thin, plastic tubes containing whitening gel. Teeth can be stained from food such as berries, red sauces, coffee, tea, red wine, soft drinks and cigarettes. Like whitening toothpaste, a teeth whitening pen fights these common stains—but it differs from toothpaste because of its size, portability, and general convenience. Here, we’ll discuss what they are, how to use them, and their effectiveness.

How do teeth whitening pens work?

Many teeth whitening pens are filled with whitening serums with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide as the key bleaching agents. Whitening serum is applied to the teeth with an applicator brush. This allows for a precise application and ensures that it is distributed evenly across each tooth without any mess or wastage.

Want whiter teeth while you sleep? Colgate Optic White Overnight Teeth Whitening Treatment Pen whitens teeth up to 3 shades in as little as 2 weeks.* Simply apply Colgate Optic White Teeth Whitening serum to clean teeth right before going to bed, after your normal oral care routine. The serum, which is vegan, gluten free, and sugar free, quickly forms a smudge-proof, concentrated hydrogen peroxide film on your teeth once applied. The next morning, brush normally to remove the film and reveal your brighter, whiter smile.

*Starts working from day 1. Individual results may vary.

Colgate Optic White teeth whitening pen

How to use the Colgate Optic White teeth whitening pen?

Colgate’s Optic White Pen is a hassle free way to whitening your teeth. Follow these easy how-to steps for a whiter smile overnight:

  • After brushing your teeth just before bed, dry the top row of teeth by simply dabbing with a tissue. When your teeth are dry, the film adheres to your teeth better, for enhanced whitening!

  • Remove the cap and click the end of the pen until the gel is released. It may take a few extra clicks for the first time. 

  • Apply a single, thin layer of serum to each tooth across the top row - and wait 10 to 15 seconds for clear film to form. Dry the bottom row of teeth and repeat the process.

  • The concentrated hydrogen peroxide film will stay on your teeth overnight while you catch those zzzs. The next morning, brush normally to remove the film and reveal your brighter, whiter smile.

  • To clean your pen, wipe the brush bristles with a dry tissue, do not use water. Firmly replace the cap until you hear a soft click to avoid hardening of the tip. If the pen dries out, click 2 - 3 times to dispense more serum and flex the brush to soften.

Want to amplify your teeth whitening results even further? Check out the Colgate Optic White Pro Series LED Teeth Whitening Kit! Unlike other devices, the Colgate Pro Series LED device actually enhances the whitening performance of the Hydrogen Peroxide Serum in our treatment pen, with clinically-proven LED light technology for professional-level results. When used as directed. 

What are the benefits of whitening pens?

Teeth whitening pens are easy to use and provide great results. Here are a few reasons why you should consider using a whitening pen: 

  1. Convenience – most whitening pens are small and portable, so you can take them with you wherever you go. While instructions may vary from product to product, the application mainly involves a few seconds of twisting/clicking and applying—that’s it!

  2. Affordability – teeth whitening pens  are usually less expensive than other whitening methods at home or in a clinic.

  3. Precise application - whitening pens allow you to target exactly the teeth you would like to whiten, giving you better control. Unlike other whitening methods, pens are suitable for treating individual teeth. 

Are teeth whitening pens safe?

Overall, teeth whitening pens are considered to be safe to use - as long as you follow the instructions on the packaging. However, some people may experience side effects such as tooth sensitivity or irritations of the gums. This discomfort is usually temporary and not harmful. If you experience more than mild tooth sensitivity or gum discomfort, stop use and consult your dental professional.

How often to use teeth whitening pens?

The recommended frequency depends on what type of whitening pen you use. However, most whitening pens can be used once or twice a day. Be sure to read the instructions which will give you advice for the best results.

Summing up

Teeth Whitening Pens are a great way to achieve a whiter smile at home. They are easy to use, convenient and affordable. If teeth whitening pens are not for you, there are plenty of other whitening options to explore. Be sure to speak with your dental professional to discuss your options.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.