The Best Way To Whiten Your Teeth, According To Science

Let's see those pearly whites!

Everyone loves a bright, healthy smile, but  certain foods, smoking, dental work, or even genetics can get in the way of that. There are a number of products available to make teeth whiter, including toothpaste, strips, mouthwash, trays, and even visits to the dentist's office. 

But do any of these products actually work? 

In order to answer that question, we first need to understand how they work. 

Some active ingredients in whitening products actually work on stains at the molecular level, removing them from your teeth completely. Some merely create the temporary illusion of whiter teeth. 

The Reactions series from the American Chemical Society has broken down the science of different teeth whitening products. Not only do they talk about the efficacy of these products, but safety as well. (Spoiler alert: do not put bleach in your mouth under any circumstances. Ever.)

Learn what works best here:

Just make sure not to get too carried away and go for teeth that are unnaturally white. The middle ground is absolutely key.

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