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How Effective Are Whitening Toothpastes?

Whitening your teeth can be achieved in two ways – bleaching the teeth or non-bleaching whitening products. When using bleach, both intrinsic and extrinsic stains will be removed. On the other hand, non-bleaching products use physical or chemical action to remove surface stains.  Whitening toothpastes are one of the most common methods of teeth whitening, but they only remove surface stains.

Most whitening toothpastes can be purchased over the counter and several have the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. These specific whitening toothpastes contain chemical and polishing agents which helps fight surface stains. When used in excess, the abrasives in the whitening toothpastes can wear down the enamel. It’s advised that patients with cosmetic composite fillings should avoid using these products as the finish or glaze can be lost.

Realistically, whitening toothpastes only remain on your teeth for a few seconds which isn’t long enough to really impact your pearly whites. If whitening toothpastes wear away too much enamel, the dentin underneath is exposed. In short, whitening strips and dental bleaching procedures are the most effective way to sufficiently whiten teeth.

Are you ready for a whiter smile? Contact Lindner Dental at 603.944.9196 for more information. We offer a wide array of services including Invisalign, Pediatric Dentistry, Infant Dental Care and more!