One of the most common requests I get as a dental technician is to make dental restorations, like veneers, as white as possible.
Before you go to the dentist to whiten your teeth or get a set of new veneers, you might want to try a whitening toothpaste at home, first.
Many people get satisfactory to fantastic results this way.
As evidence, teeth whitening toothpastes are so popular, that stores near my home put them inside theft-proof boxes to keep them from getting stolen!
Compared to normal toothpaste, they're not cheap.
So, see below and know more about how they work, what risks they carry, and which whitening toothpastes to try out first.
Let me get a little specific. These toothpastes do not 'make teeth whiter' in the same way as whitening gels do.
Instead, they work to remove stains and discolorations from your teeth, thereby making them appear less dull or yellow. i.e. They end up looking whiter and better.
Each brand has its own special teeth whitening formula; no two brands are the same.
The basic mechanics these toothpastes try to do is either scrub away stains, wash them away, make it difficult for stains to stick, create the illusion of whiteness, bleach away stains, or a combination of the above.
Yes. There's plenty of scientific literature that show that these teeth whitening toothpastes work. In real life, however, results vary. It depends on:
Because of these variables you many have to try a couple of different brands to find one that works for you.
I've listed a few brands worth looking into down below.
The most common complaint is tooth sensitivity. Not everyone experiences it. But those who do may have to choose a gentler brand and wait longer to see desired results.
Since most whitening toothpastes use abrasives to gently scrub away surface stains, you shouldn't use whitening toothpastes everyday for the rest of your life. It can weaken or damage your enamel as well as dental restorations like composite fillings.
And if you have other damage or issues like bruxism (i.e. grinding your teeth) you may want to speak with a dentist about your situation.
It's also a good idea to keep these toothpastes (and dental whitening products) away from young children. They probably shouldn't be using them unless your dentist gives you the okay.
Crest 3D White Vivid - It's a top seller because it does a good job at removing surface stains leading to a whiter smile. Although some customers feel it may be too strong.
Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste - This is a great option for people with tooth sensitivity.
Supersmile - This is the #1 cosmetic dentist recommended brand. It's not as harsh as other brands and gently whitens teeth, minimizing unnecessary damage to enamel and dental restorations like veneers, crowns, or fillings.
Give one of these a try and let me know how you like it.
If you have a favorite whitening toothpaste brand, tell others about it below!