Are Whitening Toothpastes Really Effective?

Tuesday June 25, 2013 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

With all the cosmetic and health trends floating around in the world today, a common question that we hear is “are whitening toothpastes really effective?” We think that’s a great question and wanted to take a minute and give our opinion.

Let’s start with a caveat: nothing beats professional cleaning services offered by a dentist. But there are some good things about whitening toothpastes when used between whitening visits, and they have been proven to enhance whiteness. Here’s what you need to know:

How do whitening toothpastes work?

Overtime, the foods and drinks that you consume everyday can leave stains on the outer surface of your teeth. To remove these surface stains, whitening toothpastes contain chemicals that help to dissolve stains as well as a compound abrasive that gently polishes teeth. Stronger brands will include an adhesive chemical called blue covarine that can mask many surface stains.

Should I have any concerns when using whitening toothpaste?

If used regularly over time, whitening toothpastes can have a damaging effect on your teeth. In severe cases, the chemicals in this kind of toothpaste can permanently corrode the enamel of your teeth. To prevent this, we recommend using whitening toothpaste as a supplement to your everyday toothpaste, never as a permanent solution.

Are whitening toothpastes worth the extra money?

That’s a tricky question to answer. Whitening toothpastes serve to be a bit more expensive than standard toothpastes, and it’s good to keep in mind that these forms of toothpaste only address surface stains. For safe, consistent, and deep results, we recommend a professional whitening treatment . Using as a supplemental toothpaste (used in moderation, regularly), whitening toothpastes can be a great way to keep your smile at it’s brightest between treatments.

Tips for buying

With so many options on the shelf, it can be tough to feel confident when deciding which brand is right for you. Always look for a seal of approval from the ADA (American Dental Association). This seal conveys that the company is a trustworthy manufacturer in the industry, and that all claims on their products have been proven. If you have any questions about whitening toothpastes, or over the counter whitening products, call our Grove City dental office today!