Whitening toothpaste is seen as an easy and inexpensive way to change the color of your teeth. Still, many people wonder: “Can toothpaste whiten teeth enough to make a significant change in the appearance of my teeth?” The short answer is yes. The compounds found in many kinds of toothpaste labeled as “whitening” can create a noticeable difference in the overall shade of your teeth. Here is everything you need to know about finding the best teeth-whitening product for you.
How Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?
A tube of whitening toothpaste works by removing surface stains from the teeth to brighten their appearance. They can also lighten your teeth below the surface, using ingredients like hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Many of the things that people do daily have the potential to stain their teeth to varying degrees. This includes smoking, drinking coffee or having a couple of glasses of red wine. As the staining builds up over time, the teeth get darker and more discolored.
The stains on your teeth can be either extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains occur on the teeth’s surface and are easier to remove than intrinsic stains that occur inside the teeth. When your dentist does a routine cleaning, they are removing the plaque, tartar and surface stains from the exterior of your teeth to prevent buildup and decay. Whitening treatments can address both intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
The compounds in many brand names and luxury toothpaste offerings include special chemicals that help break down stains and abrasives that gently polish the surface of the teeth without a dentist visit. These kinds of toothpaste may also contain peroxides for a bleaching effect and special ingredients that adhere to the surface of the teeth to make them appear brighter.
Keep in mind that whitening treatments do not work on crowns, veneers or fillings, so if you’re planning to get veneers or a crown, talk to your dentist about whitening your teeth before you get the dental prosthetic.
Other Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
It is important to note that whitening toothpaste takes time to work. For faster results, other teeth-whitening options are needed. One option currently available is our Glow on the Go blue light device that pairs powerful teeth-whitening compounds with blue light technology.
This device paired with our teeth-whitening pen allows you to whiten your teeth without any sensitivity! These pens are easy to use because it allows you to target individual teeth and specific stained areas. Stain erasers can also be used right after you eat or drink to keep your smile bright.
These teeth-whitening products generally stay on the teeth longer than simple brushing allows, penetrating deeper into the teeth with stronger stain removal capabilities. Combining these treatment options and brushing regularly with a whitening toothpaste and a hands-free toothbrush will give you bright pearly whites for years to come.
Try Our Teeth-Whitening Treatments Today
There are numerous options to choose from if you are looking for a way to make your smile brighter and whiter. A popular combination of treatment options is to use a whitening toothpaste daily, get a professional whitening treatment annually and use convenient on-the-go products as needed. Review your options and the pros and cons before making a final decision on a method for whitening your teeth.