The Myth of Whitening Toothpastes
Most “Whitening” toothpastes do NOT bleach your teeth. That is a myth. Check the list of ingredients. There is no active bleach in them. The one active ingredient in most ‘”whitening” toothpastes is fluoride, which does not bleach. All other ingredients are inactive.
How can so many manufacturers claim to “whiten?” Toothpastes are slightly abrasive so they remove surface stains of teeth. That’s it. The ADA seal of approval assures that toothpastes have a safe abrasive level.
True bleach penetrates and brightens the color of your enamel. Look for the active ingredient peroxide, carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide or peroxyl urea. Bleaching is safe and it works.
The downsides to bleaching:
1. The lighter color does not last. You have to keep rebleaching your teeth, either with toothpaste or with a bleaching treatment.
2. Your teeth can get sensitive. Mild or strong, it always goes away.
3. Bleaching removes the warm color of your teeth. They are whiter and brighter, but with a slightly bluish tint.
4. Some teeth can’t be bleached.
Rembrandt toothpaste contains peroxide. Crest Whitestrips have it, too (Platinum works the best). Dental offices dispense different strengths of bleach and have access to every manufacturer. They have a solution you can use in home bleaching trays to desensitize teeth if they become sensitive. Their trays are custom fit and bleaching is easy. Dental office bleaching costs more than store products like Whitestrips, but it’s easier, usually works faster and you have the expertise of a Hygienist and dentist.
Remember “whitening” is not bleaching. Bleaching has its’ limitations, but it’s safe, it works and won’t hurt your teeth.
W Bryon Satterfield, DDS, MAGD General dentist in The Woodlands with excellent care, skill and judgment from decades of experience in precision practice and teaching. Things work! 281-363-1571 Visit his website: docsatterfield.com