Does Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Work?

People are always looking for ways to improve their appearance. One of the things that are requested often at dental offices, such as Grand Street Dental, is teeth whitening. Some people don’t want to pay for a professional teeth whitening treatment, so many people turn to teeth whitening toothpaste. Some people wonder how effective these kinds of toothpaste are. We can help to make this at-home treatment more comprehensible. 

How Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

Teeth whitening formulas work in several different ways depending upon which one you are using. The pastes remove discoloration and stains from the teeth by scrubbing them away. Baking soda and hydrated silica are used in these types of toothpaste. They act as an abrasive to get rid of stains on the surface of the teeth. Some pastes work to make the stains unable to stick to your teeth. This may be done with pastes that have Polyvinylpyrrolidone. This ingredient can coat the teeth and make it less likely that stains will stick to the teeth. Some make your teeth look whiter. It can do this by bleaching the teeth with pastes that include carbamide and hydrogen peroxide. There is some confusion about whether this works or not. That is because they need to soak into the enamel to work effectively, and brushing does not usually allow enough time to do this.

Do They Work?

Whitening toothpaste can work but it is important to consider several things. You need to know what is causing your teeth to discolor. Stains that are on the surface can be removed. Some stains are more internal. These internal stains may also be hereditary. Those are much more difficult to deal with. Of course, your lifestyle can affect how your teeth look. For those that enjoy red wine, colas or coffee, keeping stains at bay can be a constant chore. The important thing to remember is that whatever you use, following the directions is imperative in having positive results when using any teeth whitening toothpaste. Be realistic with your results. If you want quicker results, then you might want to look into other options such as professional treatment. 

What Are Some Risks?

The biggest issue that people have with tooth whitening toothpaste is the tooth sensitivity that can occur. If this becomes a big issue, then it might be best to switch to a milder formula and realize it will just take longer to see results. Since some whiteners use abrasives, using them long-term can damage the enamel on the teeth. They can also be damaging to fillings in the teeth when used long-term. If you have any other types of damage from things like teeth grinding, then you also need to be careful using these types of toothpaste.

If you are thinking about whitening your teeth with whitening toothpaste, just make sure you use one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This will give some assurance that it is both effective as well as safe to use. For any other questions, ask a dentist, such as Dr. Jennifer Plotnick at Grand Street Dental, about what their recommendations might be.

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