How Effective Are Whitening Toothpastes?
Whitening toothpastes are effective for removing surface stains from the teeth, but they can’t change the natural tooth colour. Those who have noticeable stains from soda, coffee, or cigarettes can expect visible changes with regular use of a quality whitening toothpaste. However, if your discoloration runs deeper, there are other whitening products that can better bring about the changes you’re after.
Understanding the active ingredients used for tooth whitening as well as the difference between various products will help you choose the treatment that best meets your needs.
Immediate Appearance of Whitening
If you’re deal with day-to-day surface stains from yellowing beverages or other lifestyle habits, a whitening toothpaste can help you scrub away the discoloration before it becomes a permanent part of your smile. However, this typically takes between two and six weeks of regular use. If you want a whiter appearance with the first application, you can achieve this through something of an optical illusion.
Look for whitening toothpaste that contain blue covarine. This chemical diminishes the yellow appearance on the surface of the tooth. The result is immediately perceptible, though not as long lasting as other methods of tooth whitening. It’s best to combine the optical properties of blue covarine with other approaches to tooth-whitening.
Want to know more about professional teeth whitening? Call our office to schedule your FREE smile consult with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones at Hendersonville Family Dentistry.