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How Effective Are Teeth Whitening Toothpastes?

May 20, 2020
Posted By: Clarkson Dental Group

When people think of beautiful smiles, they may imagine healthy-looking, white teeth. Sadly, we can have perfectly healthy teeth with daily brushing and flossing, coupled with routine visits to your dentist and not have white teeth.

Healthy teeth are still susceptible to stains from foods, drinks, smoking, alcohol, diet, medication, injury, and more. Therefore, you could have yellow teeth that are completely healthy, even if they look neglected.

It's no surprise, then, that many people are interested in products that promise a white smile in the form of over-the-counter strips, gels, and kinds of toothpaste. 

So, do any of these work?

The quick answer is, some store brands might lift your tooth shade by one or two subtle shades, but if you want Hollywood style, dazzling pearly whites—you will need a professional touch. 

The Process of Teeth Whitening

Whitening toothpaste comes in different styles. Some might have an abrasive element like charcoal that promises to scrub and polish the surface of your tooth. These can potentially make your teeth look worse if they scratch away precious enamel to reveal the yellow dentin layer underneath. Once the enamel is gone, you can't grow any more back. 

Other kinds of toothpaste may contain small amounts of hydrogen peroxide to bleach the enamel. Still, they never provide the professional-grade strength bleach that can make a visible difference to your smile.

You'll also find that these products typically cost more than regular toothpaste, for disappointing results. 

Professional Teeth Whitening Is Reliable

Given how expensive tooth whitening products are, it's a let down to feel like you have wasted time, effort, and money. If you have stubborn and embarrassing stains, the only sure-fire method that will yield immediate and long-lasting results is through Clarkson Dental Group. Your Chesterfield, MO cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mahlin, can adjust the bleaching gel to achieve your desired shade. 

Store-bought whitening toothpaste might appear to whiten some new surface stains subtly; they won't be able to address deeper stains that go beyond the enamel. 

Professional teeth whitening can determine and control the level of teeth whitening you desire while being careful not to let the bleaching gel touch or damage your gums. Please give our cosmetic dental office a call today so we can enhance your smile. 

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