Want Whiter Teeth? A Two-Minute Trick That Actually Works

 Luster

Teeth whitening is a pain in the mouth. Or an expensive trip to the dentist. Or a total waste of time.

Thankfully, there’s something that avoids all three of those landmines: Luster 2 Minute White ($10 at Face Values). No messy trays or strips here; simply apply a cleanser and serum to eliminate stains and whiten your teeth in as little as three days. To use, simply start with a mouth rinse for 10 seconds (to help prime your teeth for getting the most out of the second step), and then apply the whitening serum to your front teeth with a handy built-in brush. You’ll get enough for 12 treatments, and it’s up to you if you want to be on the three-day schedule of four treatments per day, or a six-day schedule of two treatments per day. Either way, you’ll have whiter teeth in less than a week.

And yes, especially given the normal amount of fuss involved in whitening your own teeth, we, too, were skeptical of the two-minute claim. Impressively, though, swishing the cleanser around our mouths and then applying the clear gel tooth by tooth (don’t bother with your whole mouth; only brush onto the ones you see when you smile) clocked in at around 90 seconds. Developed by dentists, the product is safe for your enamel and doesn’t cause any tooth sensitivity (note: we felt a super light — though not at all unpleasant — tingle a few minutes post-application, but it quickly faded away). 

Best of all, the results are noticeable — not that unattractive, reality-TV noticeable, but impressively whiter. For ten bucks and a few minutes of our time, we’ll take it.