Having a brighter, whiter smile can not only improve our appearance but also boost our confidence. So it’s no wonder we have so many over-the-counter whitening products, not just whitening toothpaste. One such product is a teeth whitening pen that can be added to your oral care routine to enhance the brightness and whiteness of your teeth. Here, we will discuss what they are, how to use them, and how effective they are.

Bleaching Teeth Whitening Gel Pen

Bleaching Teeth Whitening Gel Pen

What are teeth whitening pens?

Teeth can be stained by colored foods such as berries, red sauces, coffee, tea, red wine, dark sodas, and cigarettes. Just like whitening toothpaste, tooth whitening pens can combat these common stains – but they differ from toothpaste in size, portability, and general convenience.

Teeth whitening pens are ideal if you want to whiten your teeth at the last minute, perhaps because you have a special event coming up or want to add some sparkle in a short amount of time. Don’t be ashamed of wanting to brighten your smile; dissatisfaction with the color of your teeth is common; according to a 2016 article by Operative Dentistry, more than a third of Americans are unhappy with the color of their teeth. So if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to brighten up your smile, a teeth whitening pen may be a good option.

Benefit of teeth whitening pens

The main benefit of teeth whitening pens is convenience—unlike whitening trays and strips, a whitening pen is portable and small enough to fit in your pocket or purse so that you can take it on the go. Another benefit of teeth whitening pens is that they’re relatively quick and straightforward to use. While instructions may vary from product to product, the application mainly involves a few seconds of twisting and applying—that’s it!

Teeth Whitening Gel Pen

Teeth Whitening Gel Pen

How Effective Are They?

When it comes to these pens’ effectiveness, it really depends on your type of discoloration and the application process. First, not all stains are created equal: these bleaching agents will likely whiten yellow stains but probably won’t whiten brown or grey stains. Also, this whitening method will not work on crowns, veneers, or fillings. It’s also important to closely follow the instructions, as the bleaching agents must remain on your teeth for a certain amount of time for the peroxides to interact with your stain, so you’ll have to avoid eating, rinsing, and drinking after you apply. This can be hard—but stay strong; it’ll be worth it!

That being said, if you’re using your teeth whitening pen correctly on yellowing teeth, you should see quick results. If you’re looking for a more significant boost to your teeth’ brightness, your dentist may have more powerful options, as these over-the-counter products typically contain a less concentrated amount of bleach than you would receive at the dentist’s office. Again—talk to your oral care provider about the best type of teeth whitening method.

How to use a teeth whitening pen?

Instructions will likely have you use it twice daily. Here’s how a teeth whitening pen typically works:

First, start by brushing your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush.

After a thorough brushing, remove the top cap of the pen and twist the bottom of the pan until you see the gel on the brush tip.

Then, apply a thin layer of whitening gel to each tooth’s surface, making sure the entire tooth’s surface is in contact with the whitening gel.

Finally, don’t rinse. The product needs to stay on your teeth to work.

Teeth Whitening Gel Pen

Teeth Whitening Gel Pen

Side Effects

Sometimes, you may experience tooth sensitivity due to peroxide in the whitener pushing through your enamel and making contact with dentin, which may irritate your tooth’s nerve. But fear not—because teeth whitening pens have low doses of bleach, this type of sensitivity is typically mild and temporary. But if the sensitivity feels like too much to handle, talk to your dental care provider.

You deserve a whiter and brighter smile, and teeth whitening pens can make it easy to achieve. If quick and convenient teeth whitening is your goal, then this might be the right choice for you. To make regular improvements that stay with you, follow the directions of the product you use, and you should be on your way to a brighter, sparkling smile.