How Effective is Whitening Toothpaste?

If your teeth are not as white as you’d like, there are a plethora of products on the market, and one of the most easily accessible and easiest to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine is whitening toothpaste. However, it’s important to understand how whitening toothpaste works and what to expect before you purchase a tube.

How Whitening Toothpastes Work

Whitening toothpastes are primarily designed to remove surface stains from the teeth. To accomplish that task, they often incorporate mild abrasive to help scrub off light stains caused by drinking darkly colored liquids, like coffee, soda and red wine. They may even help with nicotine stains on teeth. Whitening toothpastes may also contain certain chemicals to help break down stains and polish your teeth. They do not typically contain any bleaching agents, like peroxide.

What to Expect with a Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes typically take between two and six weeks before the results are noticeable, and they work best on teeth that have yellowed. In order to get the best results, you may want to limit your intake of stain-causing foods, including coffee, tea, red wine, colas and berries. If you do not wish to reduce your intake, we recommend brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking anything that could cause stains on your teeth.

Choosing a Whitening Toothpaste

If you want to try a whitening toothpaste to help improve the brightness of your smile, our dentist recommends choosing a toothpaste that has the approval of a professional, reliable dental association, like the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA has placed their seal of approval on several brands of whitening or stain removing toothpastes, including Crest, Colgate and Tom’s of Maine.

Whitening Toothpastes and Dental Work

If you have fillings, crowns or other dental work in your mouth or need to whiten your teeth more than a shade or two, a whitening toothpaste may not give you the desired results. In this instance, it is best to consult with our dentist in Largo on the best teeth whitening option for you so that you can get the results you need to feel confident when you smile.

In-Office Whitening

We offer in-office whitening treatments to help remove stains and increase the whiteness of your teeth. We use Zoom as our in-office teeth whitening solution. It involves placing a gel on your teeth then shining UV light into your teeth to help activate the gel. Multiple treatments are typically needed to achieve the desired results, but individuals can achieve up to eight shades whiter.

Whitening Trays

In addition to Zoom, we also offer Opalescence in-office and take-home trays. Opalescence offers three concentrations of gel in order to help you achieve a whiter smile. The gel is placed in the tray and worn for at least 30 minutes per session. Our dentist can help you with the right whitening schedule for your teeth.

Veneers and Lumineers

If your teeth are slightly misshapen as well as stained, you may want to consider veneers or Lumineers in order to effectively improve your smile. Veneers are thin wafers that are glued onto the surface of the teeth. They can be ordered in multiple colors in order to achieve the correct degree of whiteness. The process of placing the veneers on the teeth involves roughing the surface of your tooth and/or shaping your tooth in order to ensure a good bond between the veneer and your teeth.

If you’d prefer not to have your teeth filed, Lumineers may be the right option for you. These thin wafers do not require any alteration of your tooth’s surface or shape in order to be successfully applied.

Temporary Smile Improvement

If you have a big interview or certain social obligations that involve temporarily improving your smile, you may find our Snap-on-Smile to be the perfect solution. The Snap-on-Smile is manufactured from dental resin and custom shaped to fit over your teeth. This product can temporarily mask stains and gaps in teeth so that you can look your best.

To learn more about the teeth whitening products available from our dentist at Bonham Dental Arts in Largo, call us at 727-581-1869.