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If you gaze longingly at the bright white pearls of Hollywood A-listers and long to have the same sparkling smile, there are some steps you can take. The easiest and most convenient of these is to try out a whitening toothpaste as part of your daily routine.
But do these toothpastes really make any difference to your teeth or are they just a waste of money? Here’s a closer look at what they can offer.
Don’t Expect Miracles
Before you try a whitening toothpaste it’s important to have realistic expectations. They don’t contain bleach and they’re not going to radically transform the colour of your teeth. There’s only one way to do that and that’s with a tooth whitening treatment, like the one we offer here at Sloan Dental.
That doesn’t mean that whitening toothpastes are a total washout. They can help your teeth to appear whiter and could be worth a try, especially if you’re not looking for a dramatic change. If you’re realistic about their potential from the start, you won’t end up disappointed.
The Basics Of Whitening Toothpastes
As whitening toothpastes don’t contain bleach or any other substances to change the colour of your teeth, how do they actually work? Rather than altering your tooth shade, whitening toothpastes aim to restore your best natural colour.
There are many foods and drinks which can gradually stain our teeth – red wine and coffee are among the worst culprits. Smoking has the same effect, taking away the whiteness and making teeth look yellowish, grey and dingy. By removing the surface stains, a whitening toothpaste can improve the appearance of your teeth in a natural way.
Whitening toothpastes work by being more abrasive than other toothpastes. The contain ingredients such as a higher content of silica which gives the surface a much more vigorous scrub and will gradually return a whiter colour.
You won’t see an instant effect; to get results you’ll need to keep using the whitening toothpaste over a matter of weeks.
You should also try and cut back or refrain from food and drinks that could cause more stains to occur or else you might not see noticeable results. There are some healthy foods such as blueberries and beets that can also affect your teeth. Rather than avoid these, try drinking lots of water while you eat to help rinse your mouth out.
If you’ve tried the whitening toothpaste and it’s not had the effect you hoped for, a whitening treatment is the best alternative.
You will find some over the counter whitening kits available but these are best avoided. There have been stories of burnt gums and damaged enamel because the whitening kits didn’t contain safe levels of peroxide.
Whitening treatments can be carried out safely but they should always be supervised by professionals such as a dentist who can make sure that you don’t have any underlying conditions which contraindicate use.
The whitening treatment at Sloan Dental works quickly to give you white teeth and is affordable and convenient to use. With a fitted tray and a gel to apply at home, you’ll get an effective whitening treatment with none of the risk. Come and talk to us today to find out more.