Here, five clever new brightening products that make your teeth stand out.
Boka Oral Care
If you’ve had the same toothbrush for more than three months, dentists recommend replacing it. Luckily, Boka (a mail order service) was created to help keep you on track. Select a combo that's right for you—the classic one includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss—and it will be shipped to your doorstep every three months. You'll also feel good knowing the bristles are made with charcoal to naturally reduce bacteria, the toothpaste is made without parabens, and the floss contains beeswax and microfibers for a deep clean.
To buy: $15 per mailing, boka.com.
Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste
Not a fan of white strips? This toothpaste provides similar results—minus the slime. It also has double the amount of whitening ingredients to get the job done in less time. The brand promises whiter teeth within three days and four shades brighter after six weeks.
To buy: $4, walmart.com.
It Cosmetics News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss
Blue lips might sound like something you should save for Halloween, but a subtle swipe offers teeth-brightening benefits. This formula goes on clear, but contains tiny blue micro-crystals to counteract any yellow tint on your teeth, giving the illusion of a whiter smile. Wear it alone or over your favorite lipstick.
To buy: $24, itcosmetics.com.
Cure your sweet tooth without hurting your teeth. Unlike most chewing gum, Simply Gum is made without aspartame (an artificial sweetener that’s been linked to negative side effects) or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene, a toxin that’s been linked to kidney and liver damage) so you can feel good about chomping. Plus, with a flavor range from mint and cinnamon to ginger and fennel, there’s something for everyone.
To buy: $15 for six packs, simplygum.com.
Dentek Fresh Clean Floss Picks
There’s nothing worse than the feeling of something stuck between your teeth. Floss can be a hassle to whip out in public, but these disposable sticks make it easy and discreet. A strip of minty flavored floss is suspended in a small plastic handle so you can comfortably get in between teeth. There’s also a tongue scraper on the other end, in case your lunch lingers.
To buy: $4, target.com.