By Thomas Kemlage DDS
May 14, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Whitening Toothpastes: Are They Effective?
Do whitening toothpastes work? You probably have seen the commercials with the woman sipping on coffee and eating berry pie and then revealing the whitest teeth you have ever seen. And you think—I want that smile!
Thus, you go the store and toss into your cart any box advertising “whiter teeth.” We have all been there because it’s normal to desire a whiter smile, and there isn’t anything wrong with that.
However, it’s important to be realistic about what teeth whitening toothpastes can do for your surface stains.
Whitening Toothpaste: How Does It Work?
Toothpastes manufactured for whitening contain special abrasives and chemicals to help break down surface stains. To see small-scale results, you need to use whitening toothpaste on a regular basis.
Stains from coffee, berries, tea and other food and beverages aren’t easy to remove with toothpaste alone.
The Best Way to Use Whitening Toothpaste
This type of toothpaste is best used for maintaining a white smile, not treating deep surface stains. If you want fast and effective results, professional whitening is the best route.
Custom trays and whitening procedures available through a dentist are what make dim smiles brighter after one application. A dentist office stocks stronger whitening solutions than the ones offered over the counter.
This is the reason we see an increase in patients inquiring about teeth whitening procedures at our Fenton dental practice.
Are the whitening toothpastes not getting the job done? Do you want to know more about our whitening procedure? Call our office at (636) 225-1777 for more information.