Teeth whitening – does whitening toothpaste work?

By November 7, 2018Dental Health
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Having a nice, bright smile can improve your appearance, make you more approachable, and improve your confidence levels. But what if your smile isn’t naturally white? Even healthy, well-cared for teeth are susceptible to staining and usually darken over time. If that’s the case, you may be considering whitening toothpaste.

But will it really work? If your teeth have a naturally yellowish hue, whitening toothpaste won’t solve that problem. What they can do is remove surface stains on teeth that come from drinking coffee or smoking cigarettes. If stains run deeper than that, these products probably won’t be much help.

That doesn’t mean teeth whitening toothpaste doesn’t have some cosmetic benefits. Whitening toothpaste uses special abrasives that gently polish the teeth. This adds luster to your smile, as well break down and remove stains. If used twice a day, your smile will seem brighter after two to six weeks of use.

Some brands may use blue covarine or other agents as an additive. In some cases, people with sensitive teeth are advised to avoid these products. As a precaution, it is recommended you consult with your dentist or dental hygienist before using any whitening products to whiten your teeth. As with any dental product, look for a seal of approval from the American Dental Association or other reputable organization.

Other tooth whitening options

If you are currently using tooth whitening toothpaste, but are unhappy with the results, schedule a visit with Creekside Dental. We can discuss other options that work to give you a whiter smile. We can also discuss any other cosmetic dental questions you may have.

Creekside Dental serves residents in Ridgefield, Salmon Creek, Woodland, Battle Ground, and the great Vancouver area. We have been providing dental care for Clark County family for 25 years. We use both cutting-edge treatments as well as proven standards to give you and your family complete care.