While my dependence on caffeine is a problem in and of itself, my coffee consumption has led to another, more cosmetic issue: my teeth. Having my dental hygienist scrape away at the enamel every six months just doesn’t cut it, and it shows on my pearly whites. But the easy, affordable solution (besides drinking less coffee…someday I’ll get around to that…) also isn’t the safest one. For starters, over-the-counter teeth whiteners do not have the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance – a red flag from the get-go. The ADA emphasizes a consultation with a professional and then taking their ADA-approved whitening solutions. This is because most teeth whitening products, especially OTC options, contain peroxide, a chemical known to cause tooth sensitivity as the gums and soft tissue of the mouth become irritated. Peroxide also has long-term health risks, including respiratory problems, skin and hair bleaching, and skin rashes and burns. The Environmental Working Group reports that some whitening products can even be linked to reproductive issues and cancer. Definitely not worth having a million-dollar smiling.
But we’re in luck. As more research is put into finding out the hazards of beauty products, the results also yield possibilities to their safe alternatives. Whitening Lightning’s Zero White Pen promises no peroxide, plus no bitter taste or sensitivity. This product is made with all natural botanical whiteners, pomegranate and chamomile extracts, and fluoride to stimulate stain removal. Claiming to be “Hollywood’s Secret” the Zero White Pen is said to enhance the color of your teeth by naturally removing surface stains in just 2 weeks. So, as a favor to all of you, I’m going to test drive this breakthrough product and share my progress, notes, and results. Tonight is Night #1, so before I brush on the liquid using the simple twist tube applicator, I’ll leave you with a shameless before picture of my smile! Wish me luck and stay posted, I’ll report back in a week!