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Teeth Whitening Pens vs Strips vs Bleaching | To Keep Your Teeth Clean, White and Healthy

Proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis will help keep your teeth clean and healthy. But if you feel like your smile could be brighter, you may want to consider a teeth whitening treatment. Here's what you need to know before getting started.


The terms "whitening" and "bleaching" are often used interchangeably, but there's actually a difference between them (see also 'Teeth Whitening vs Teeth Cleaning'). 

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the term “whitening” is used to describe the process of restoring teeth to their natural color by removing stains and debris from the tooth’s surface. 

Unlike whitening, "bleaching" agents (such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) penetrate your tooth's enamel, which alter the tooth's color beyond its natural shade by affecting the dentin layer of your teeth.

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Teeth Whitening Pens vs Strips

Whitening strips can effectively whiten your smile, but those with harsh chemicals in their formulas like chlorine dioxide, can painfully destroy the enamel on your teeth and increase the risk of tooth decay. Even if the strips do not contain harmful ingredients, users may experience irritation because ill fitting strips can cause gum soreness. On the other hand, to avoid irritation you can choose a product meant for those with more sensitive teeth.

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With our teeth whitening pens - see more top whitening pens here - you can easily control the application of the gel. And if you happen to get some on your gums, the organic ingredients will not cause discomfort – so no need to worry! The best part of these pain-free whitening pens is that it only takes about three minutes from start to finish and you can simply brighten your smile anywhere, anytime! 


The Dr. Brite teeth whitening pens are applied with the click of a button to release a whitening gel filled with natural and organic ingredients that's applied with a soft, silicone brush tip. Here’s how to use for best results:

  1. Brush and floss teeth then dry teeth with a tissue
  2. Click the end of the pen about 20 times before the first use until gel appears
  3. Apply gel on the surface of each tooth with a firm pressure in a circular motion
  4. Keep your mouth open and let the gel dry for two minutes
  5. No need to rinse the gel off as it dissolves with saliva
  6. Avoid eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes
  7. Repeat up to 3 times per day

Dr. Brite pen for teeth whitening 


The Dr. Brite dental care line offers two teeth whitening pen options:

  • Theantioxidant teeth whitening pen has a safe, food grade hydrogen peroxide in its bleaching solution. This gentle, but powerful gel can whiten teeth two shades in as little as two days and there are refill pens available, as well.
  • Theperoxide-free teeth whitening pen is an alternative for those with sensitivity or an allergy to hydrogen peroxide. Instead, coconut oil helps whiten your teeth and your smile will be noticeably brighter in about a week - click here for our top advanced peroxide-free whitening system.

two different whitening pens by Dr. Brite

How to Use the Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pens:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth then dry them with a tissue
  2. Apply gel on the surface of each tooth with a firm pressure in a circular motion
  3. After application, keep your lips in a relaxed smile for about a two minutes
  4. The gel dissolves with your saliva, so there's no need to rinse
  5. Wash the silicone tip with lukewarm water and close cap after use to prevent the gel from drying out
  6. Repeat up to 3 times per day


    Here are a few of our insider tips for best results:

    • You'll want your teeth as dry as possible before you start applying the gel
    • If you have a new pen, you may have to pump the applicator 20-30 times before it's ready for use
    • 1-2 clicks for top teeth and 1-2 clicks for bottom teeth is the appropriate amount of gel
    • Do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after treatment
    • Use the peroxide-free pen between antioxidant pen applications (so, 2 times a day) for maintenance 
    • With ourUltimate Teeth Whitening Collection, you'll be sure to achieve your whitest, brightest smile yet!
    Finally, check outthe best teeth whitening kits, or similar whitening bundles in this post.
      a smiling man pointing at Dr. Brite's set for teeth whitening