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We'd be lying if we said that we didn't care about the color of our teeth. In fact, if someone happens to comment on how white and bright our smile is, we feel pretty darn euphoric. That said, maintaining our pearly whites is no easy feat, which, perhaps, is why a compliment feels so victorious. We brush, we floss, and somehow we even manage to make our twice-yearly teeth cleanings (seriously, is there an award for that?).
Yet time and time again, we find ourselves wishing our teeth looked a tad more dazzling. Blame it on the booze, (just kidding, we just had to cue Jamie Foxx there), the coffee, or our occasional sugar cravings, but we're constantly on the search for the best teeth-whitening products. And right now, we're super into the idea of whitening pens. Quick, mess-free results that we can easily take on the go? Sign us up.
Keep reading to see our list of the best teeth whitening pens for easy brightening.
Best Overall: Polar Teeth Whitening Pen 35% Carbamide Peroxide
With 12% dental-grade hydrogen peroxide (sounds scary, but it's totally safe), this handy teeth whitening pen is one of the best when it comes to instantaneous results. All you have to do is apply, smile (dry time is around 30 seconds), and go! Just remember to wipe off any excess around your gums or lips.
Best Natural: Dr. Ginger's Natural Coconut Oil Pulling Whitening Gel Bamboo Pen
Not to get overly Gwyneth on you, but this all-natural teeth-whitening pen incorporates coconut oil for extra antibacterial benefits—boosting freshness and encouraging a healthy and ultra-white smile. Inspired by oil-pulling, this one's on our watch list and provides a one-two punch of payback, from minty-cool breath to healthier gums.
Best Budget: Smilebriter Teeth Whitening Gel Pens
Pesky coffee and food stains are no match for this highly applauded teeth-whitening pen. Plus, a two-for-one price never hurt anyone. According to the brand (and lots of reviewers), the formula whitens and nixes stains in as little as three days.
Best for Touch-Ups: Philips Sonicare Single Whitening Touch-Up Pen
If you love a heavier-duty whitening treatment but want something to maintain your super-bright results in between appointments, this pen from Phillips will be your new go-to. The gel is easy to apply and makes touch-ups a breeze.
Best Scent: Smile Actives Advanced Teeth Whitening Pen
Hot pink packaging, a refreshing Winterberry scent, and an advanced whitening formula separate this brightening pen from its competition. We recommend embracing your inner Plastic and applying this one on Wednesday. Because, after all, it's pink.
Best for Fast Results: Smile Direct Club Bright On Whitening Pens
Thanks to Smile Direct Club, you can have your cake and eat it too. Well, kind of. Not only will these adorable little tubes whiten your teeth on the spot, they're actually designed to brighten to such an extreme that the results will last up to six months.
Best Long-Lasting: Go Smile On the Go Teeth Whitening Pen
Convenient, wallet-friendly, and effective—all things we want in a teeth-whitening pen—and this one just so happens to deliver on all fronts. The unique formula is not only easy on sensitive teeth and gums, it also adheres better to your enamel for a longer-lasting (and more superior) brightening result.
Best Vegan: Tarte Pearly Girl Vegan Teeth Whitening Pen
Leave it to cult-favorite makeup brand Tarte to not only create a whitening pen that boasts the best of the best results but one with a vegan formula, no less. Great for on-the-go touch-ups (it's so cute people won't even know it's a whitening pen, we swear), it also protects your enamel so, you know, you can enjoy that delish vegan ice cream cone.
Best for Sensitive Teeth: Dr. Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Pen
Adorable packaging aside, this peroxide-free pen is a gentle alternative for those seeking a whiter smile. Created by dentists, it's a smart solution if you have sensitive gums and teeth.