Are whitening toothpastes effective?
An ideal smile is one filled with beautiful, healthy, vibrantly white teeth. The reality, however, is often different. Many foods and drinks can stain your smile, and time itself will eventually cause your dazzling smile to darken.
More companies are constantly pushing out products for consumers who are dreaming of that white smile, including over-the-counter gels and strips and an array of whitening mouthwashes and toothpastes. The reality, however, is that none of these are as effective as a professional whitening treatment.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Whitening toothpastes have different methods to improve the appearance of teeth. Some contain a bleaching chemical (like hydrogen peroxide) in small doses while others use abrasives to “scrub” away surface stains. You may see some slight effect with diligent use of these products, but probably not as much as you were hoping. In fact, products with abrasives may even harm your enamel (and definitely should not be used if you have restorations like crowns or veneers since they can scratch the finish).
These products often cost considerably more than standard fluoride toothpaste. Given the cost of the products and the amount you will have to use to see any kind of results, it’s much more effective to invest in a professional whitening treatment where you will see real, long-lasting results. For questions, call White Park Dental today at (603) 225-4143!
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