How Effective are Whitening Toothpastes?

Patients can now choose from in-office whitening using professional-strength bleach to over-the-counter treatments including gels and mouthwashes. Whitening toothpastes are one of the most popular and widely available products that claim to be able to whiten your teeth, but how effective are they really? To answer this question properly, we first need to examine what it is about these specific toothpastes that give them this ‘whitening ability’.
 

About whitening toothpastes

There are a huge number of whitening toothpastes available to buy, and they can be picked up anywhere from gas stations to drug stores. You could be forgiven for thinking that all whitening toothpastes are the same, however their active ingredients do vary and it is these that influence how well they work in whitening your teeth. Most whitening toothpastes include at least one of the following:
 

Hydrogen peroxide This bleaching agent is used in both over the counter and professional whitening, although the higher concentration varieties can only be used in our dentists' office.
 

Carbamide peroxide This is a whitening agent that breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, as it often used as an alternative.
 

Mild abrasives The ADA has found that some whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives such as calcium carbonate. These help to remove stubborn stains on the surface of the enamel of your teeth.
 

It is important to realise that whitening toothpastes that only contain abrasives will not actually whiten your teeth. Instead they simply remove stains that have affected the teeth by scrubbing them away. For the best possible whitening results using only a toothpaste, you should try and use a variety that contains both bleaching agents and mild Patients can now choose from in-office whitening using professional-strength bleach to over-the-counter treatments including gels and mouthwashes. Whitening toothpastes are one of the most popular and widely available products that claim to be able to whiten your teeth, but how effective are they really? To answer this question properly, we first need to examine what it is about these specific toothpastes that give them this ‘whitening ability’.abrasives.
 

How quickly will I see the results of using whitening toothpaste?

Whitening toothpaste is far from a quick fix for the color of your smile. Many people are inclined to use the product as much as possible to speed up the whitening of their smile. If your particular chosen brand of toothpaste states that it can be used daily, then it is safe to do so. However, if it is not indicated as suitable for daily use, not adhering to the guidelines could cause you to experience irritation or sensitivity of your teeth and gums.

Over time, your teeth will start to improve in color, although you will need to maintain the use of your whitening toothpaste if the results are to be maintained.

 

If you are interested in swapping to a whitening toothpaste, contact Pecan Park Dental's dentists for a recommendation as to which is the best one for your dental requirements. Alternatively, enquire with our dentists about professional whitening treatments which produce faster, better and long-lasting results.