In a recent study, a whopping 80% of American adults surveyed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry said that they had big dreams for whiter teeth. In fact, it’s estimated that our nation spent more than $1.4 billion on over the counter teeth whitening kits alone.

Whether it’s your morning coffee routine or your evening glass of red wine with dinner, our lifestyle choices can take a serious toll on the brilliance of our teeth. While genetics and age can play a role, the most likely culprit behind yellowing teeth is food, beverages, and medications.

Why Teeth Yellow

Our teeth are made of three distinct layers. The pulp, or innermost layer, is where we have bundles of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. Around that is the dentin layer, made up of collagen and other proteins. Finally, on the outside, is our enamel. This layer is what gives our teeth their spectacular color and shine.

Unfortunately, the enamel layer takes the brunt of the daily damage we deal to our teeth. Smoking, drinking coffee or wine, or even certain illnesses can damage or stain the enamel, causing the tell-tale yellowing that we dread.

Whitening products, which contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, target discolored molecules with oxygen. When the oxygen comes in contact, it destroys the bonds holding these molecules together, allowing the natural whiteness of your enamel to shine through once again.

Liquid Smile Revives Your Pearly Whites

Not all at-home whitening systems are built the same. While your typical drugstore boxed kit might work for a while, and at a lower cost, it simply can’t reach the same level of bleaching that a professional can.

Liquid Smile, the first and only professional whitening pen, brings you convenient, professional, and affordable teeth whitening from the comfort of your own home and without the cost of going through your dentist’s office.

It’s easy to apply, takes less than one minute, and contains a powerful 12% hydrogen peroxide solution, the highest of any pen whitening system. Best of all, it’s a simple addition to your bedtime brushing routine.

As if that weren’t enough, Liquid Smile also addresses one of the most common complaints of bleaching kits. With flavors like cola, rootbeer, mint, and lemon lime, you’ll never have to skip out on whitening because of the peroxide taste that you’ll get with other products.

Maintaining Your Whitened Teeth

Now that you’ve got your chompers in tip-top shape, it’s necessary to take precautions that will keep them shining. Along with brushing at least twice a day, you should take your coffee, wine, and soda drinking into consideration.

While avoiding them altogether is your best bet, habits are hard to break. When you do drink them, use a straw to bypass your teeth and immediately rinse your mouth out when you’re finished. While not as effective as not drinking them, it can help mitigate some of the yellowing.