Does toothpaste actually whiten teeth?
Answer by Thomas J. Salinas, D.D.S.
Toothpaste whitening can easily whiten teeth by removing surface stains, e.g. B. by coffee or smoking. However, whitening toothpastes can not change the natural color of your teeth or lighten a spot that goes deeper than the surface of a tooth.
Unlike other teeth whitening products, whitening toothpastes do not contain peroxide. To remove surface stains, the toothpaste for lightening typically includes:
- Special abrasives that gently polish the teeth
- Chemicals that help to break down stains or dissolve teeth and produces an optical illusion that can cause teeth to become less yellow appear.
When used twice a day, whitening toothpaste may take two to six weeks for the teeth to appear whiter. Whitening toothpastes containing blue covarin can have an immediate effect. Although whitening toothpastes are typically designed to maximize cleaning and minimize enamel wear, manufacturers' recommendations should be followed.
If you're considering a whitening toothpaste, look for a brand that has the seal of approval of a respected dentist organization – like the seal of acceptance of the American Dental Association. This seal indicates that the toothpaste safely and effectively removes stains on the surface.
If you are not satisfied with the effect of whitening toothpaste, ask your dentist or dental assistant for more teeth whitening options, such as: Counter or professional bleach.
Release date: 2016-02-11