Does Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Work?

Does Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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What is Teeth Whitening Toothpaste?

Teeth whitening toothpaste is a typical toothpaste formula which has extra added ingredients to make the teeth appear whiter as well as clean.

Colgate is one of many professional trusted dental brands which provide a whitening toothpaste.

Colgate is one of many professional trusted dental brands which provide a whitening toothpaste.

What are the Ingredients in Tooth Whitening Toothpastes?

In combination with the typical list of ingredients of a standard toothpaste, the whitening toothpaste includes flouride, anti-bacterial agents such as zinc chloride and extra abrasives such as calcium carbonate, silica, alumina, calcium carbonate and dicalcium phosphate to help in the stain removal process.

Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are a dental bleach which is used in some whitening toothpastes in small doses, these toothpastes can only be purchased from a professional dental supplier and cannot be purchased in UK shops.

Whitening toothpastes do not contain the main ingredients which are essential for dental bleaching.

Whitening toothpastes do not contain the main ingredients which are essential for dental bleaching.

Does Tooth Whitening Toothpaste Work?

The main principle of whitening toothpastes which differentiate it from a standard toothpaste, is the addition of abrasives in the ingredients.  The abrasives used do not whiten the teeth in the typical way that a dental bleach does and, certainly not to the degree and high quality result which a dental bleaching treatment will achieve.

Abrasives are used in standard toothpastes but in whitening toothpastes the quantity of abrasive is higher.  The action of the abrasives used are to remove stains from the outer layer of the tooth enamel.  Abrasives cannot remove deep stains from the tooth or change the natural colour of the teeth.  Used as a type of dental polisher, abrasives in tooth whitening toothpastes act more like a cleaner than a tooth whitener.  The cleaner the teeth look, the more of the illusion of whitening is, realistically abrasives do not whiten teeth like a dental bleach can, the teeth simply become cleaner.  The ingredients in whitening toothpastes are developed specifically to work over a matter of weeks to get any result.  The reason the process takes so long (for a minor whitening result)  is because the ingredients in the toothpaste are not designed to penetrate the tooth enamel – but to clean the outer enamel of the teeth over a period of time.

The outer blue line is the limit which whitening toothpaste abrasives with clean.  The yellow patch is the depth that professional dental bleaching will penetrate to remove stains.

The outer blue line is the limit which whitening toothpaste abrasives will clean. The yellow patch is the depth that professional dental bleaching will penetrate to remove stains.  Hence, dental bleach is the only product which will whiten the teeth correctly and be satisfactory.

Carbamide/hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient used in dental bleaching.  Some toothpastes in the USA use a small amount of  peroxide in whitening toothpastes but these toothpastes cannot be purchased in UK shopping outlets.  The whitening toothpastes which contain peroxide work better at whitening the teeth, yet the effect is still not adequate for what most customers expect from a teeth whitening treatment.

Whitening toothpastes are like a using a mild form of dental polisher which basically remove light stains from the tooth surface over a prolonged period of time.  The better option to achieve white teeth and clean teeth would be to whiten the teeth professionally using dental bleach and using a hydrogen peroxide based toothpaste such as Arm and Hammer Whitening Toothpaste which HappySmileUK supplies from our online dental shop.  This product cannot be purchased in UK shops and is only available through professional dental suppliers.   It is advisable to use a dental polisher to clean the teeth every six months or so (depending on the individuals teeth) rather than use an abrasive rich toothpaste daily.

What’s the Conclusion?

Teeth whitening toothpastes are brilliant at cleaning the teeth and removing light surface stains from the outer enamel of the teeth.  Unfortunately the fact that all whitening toothpastes in the UK are void of the essential ingredients used in teeth whitening, the teeth will never become much whiter using whitening toothpastes alone, not even over prolonged periods of time.

The most effective whitening toothpastes are the ones which contain small levels of dental bleach.  Even these toothpastes will not fully whiten the teeth to the standards of which a professional dental treatment will.  The toothpastes which contain small levels of dental beach will also not whiten the teeth like a professional treatment because the small level of bleach is not on the teeth for a long enough period of time to penetrate the enamel and rid deep stains.  Also the low level of bleach prevents the teeth from full stain removal.  The great news is that whitening toothpastes clean the teeth well and, whitening toothpastes which contain bleach are great for keeping up the whiteness after having a professional treatment.

If a bright white smile is desired then only a professional dental bleaching treatment will be truly effective.  It is essential that professional dental bleach is applied to the teeth and allowed to penetrate the enamel for an effective whitening treatment.

We recommend using Arm and Hammer Whitening Booster here which contains hydrogen peroxide in its ingredients and is great for using in between whitening treatments.  This product cannot be purchased in UK shops and can only be sold by dental suppliers such as HappySmileUK.

Arm and Hammer contains small amounts of carbamide peroxide which is an essential ingredient in whitening teeth.

Arm and Hammer contains small amounts of carbamide peroxide which is an essential ingredient in whitening teeth.

 

 

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3 Responsesto “Does Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Work?”

  1. sandra johnson says:

    Hello Kate. This is a great product from HappySmile. I have used so many so called teeth whitening toothpastes and they never worked for me. I do now use HappySmile teeth whitening bleaching kits and they worked great. It is great to know that I can also purchase a toothpaste that has some dental peroxide in the ingredients. I have looked all over for a product like this for years, I am so so so happy to have found it. Thank you Kate so much for your news article. By the way I am a customer of HappySmile and they are a fantastic dental supply company the best I have ever used, great prices, free delivery and top customer services. Your dental shop is brilliant and ordering was so easy. I love reading your news section :) Thank you SANDRA

  2. Thank you for the great feedback Sandra. It is always fantastic to hear from people who have enjoyed using HappySmile products.

  3. teresa says:

    I used arm and hammers whitening booster after whitening my teeth using happysmile cp and it really kept the white smile going. I am pleased with both products. The whitening toothpastes do not whiten at all.

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