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.
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.
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.
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.