Do teeth whitening toothpastes work?
Oops, don’t get it wrong, it is not really a false advertising coming from its manufacturers because they do work. They work, however, in a way that you don’t expect it to be. The confusion of its definition on how it whitens teeth lies in what teeth whitening means and does clinically and this is to clean the teeth so that it will go back to its natural color, whatever the shade of your teeth might be. Now, if you want to have that incandescent whiteness for your teeth, then you must need to have a teeth bleaching, not whitening.
Confusion began when “teeth bleaching” is also called “teeth whitening” for the reason that bleaching does not sound as nice as whitening in the ears of its consumers. So companies opt to call it whitening as it sounds better this way.
Now, toothpastes on the other hand are only certified teeth whiteners by ADA if function to clean and remove surface teeth stains so toothpastes as teeth whitening do work, only not as a bleaching agent.
How toothpastes remove teeth stains?
Teeth get stained as people grow older due to various reasons such as eating foods that can stain teeth. Now, there are toothpastes that are made specifically to remove coffee stains, tobacco stains or any other specific stains you get from eating several types of food. But you have to understand that toothpastes with whitening ingredient can only go as far as returning your teeth to its former shade and it can do this gradually. But they will never actually whiten your teeth beyond that.
So, why sometimes it can whiten your teeth and sometimes not?
If you don’t have stained teeth and you use these kinds of toothpastes, you might not see any difference at all. This is because your teeth are already in their natural shade. Now, if you do drink coffee a lot and your teeth were stained by it, then maybe, you will see some results.
But almost all toothpastes are teeth whiteners and chances are you are already using it so you don’t really have stained teeth now. If this is the case, then you will see no results at all.
That is why, if you want to really whiten your teeth, you don’t use toothpaste. There are a lot of options to choose from. Ask your dentist and learn more about what teeth bleaching/whitening will actually get the results you are looking for. These can be either professional in-office teeth whitening like Zoom teeth whitening or at-home options.
By: Ladan Zinati