Do whitening toothpastes work?

Do whitening toothpastes work?

Feb 10, 2016

In recent years teeth whitening has become a growing industry offering pastes, gels, rinses, strips, blue lights, whitening kits, and professional whitening. While some products may work differently on individuals, it is a safe bet that the best results are obtained when teeth whitening products are procured from your dentist.

The whitening agent contained in over-the-counter toothpaste products is very mild. It has to assure that the user is not going to sustain any type of injury or illness as the manufacturer has no idea who is using this product.

A cosmetic dentist has access to the most powerful teeth whitening products available, and a consultation will determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Following the consultation, the dentist will then recommend the best product for you.

There are additional advantages to allowing your dental provider to secure teeth whitening for you. You have someone to consult if you have any questions or concerns. And you can trust you are getting the correct information. In contrast, if you seek out a clerk at the store to ask about a specific product, how do you know you are given good information?

Once you have undergone the teeth whitening process, your cosmetic dentist may suggest a particular toothpaste to help maintain your newly whitened smile for as long as possible. Other things you might do include:

  • Know how your teeth were stained or yellowed. If you are an avid coffee or tea drinker, you might consider drinking less or using a straw to bypass dental enamel. Cola and wine can also produce dental stain.
  • Do you smoke or use tobacco in any form? If so, leave this habit behind. You’ll not only enjoy whiter teeth and have sweeter breath, but you will certainly enjoy better health.
  • Do the foods you eat have the ability to stain your clothes? Then they are probably contributing to teeth discoloration. Plan to brush or rinse right away after eating foods like tomato based sauces, berries, etc.
  • Advancing age, illness, or medications needed to maintain good health might also be reasons teeth have become drab, stained, or discolored. Your cosmetic dentist will be your guide to a smile makeover that may include teeth whitening.

Consult our dental team about any of the ways you feel will improve your smile; then follow recommendations and instructions given for optimum results. Call our office today for your own consultation!