Teeth Whitening With Toothpaste
In general all toothpastes can be considered whitening products due to the abrasives that are added to the paste. These mild abrasives remove debris on the teeth and expose the cleaner, whiter surface underneath.
A few toothpastes on the market also contain chemical bleaching agents such as peroxide which help remove deep intrinsic as well as surface stains.
However, whiteners might not brighten all types of discoloration. For example, they can’t change the natural color of your teeth if you have bonding veneers or crowns.
Whitening toothpaste is safe for daily use. When used twice a day, it typically takes two to four weeks to see the desired results. When choosing a whitening toothpaste select a brand with the ADA Seal of Acceptance – an important symbol of a dental product’s safety.
The ADA advises patients to consult with their dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment for whitening teeth. If you’re not satisfied with the effect of your whitening toothpaste, talk to your dentist about more effective ways to get whiter teeth with options such as in-office whitening procedures.
Whitening toothpastes work best as a backup support for teeth bleaching.
Always consult your dentist before using any at-home teeth whitening products. When used incorrectly, at-home methods could cause harm to teeth, gums and mouth.