Coffee, tea, wine, some juices and even sauces can stain your pearly whites. Over time those stains can accumulate and have you wishing for a whiter, brighter smile.
These days, there’s no shortage of off-the-shelf whitening products and whitening toothpaste is a popular option among those of us looking for a quick and easy fix.
But how effective are those toothpastes, really? They’re often pricier than their regular cavity-fighting counterparts so are you spending wisely or buying into a myth?
The truth is, some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter.
However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel and it’s never a good idea to sacrifice the health and integrity of your teeth for a short-term cosmetic lift.
Whitening agents are also ineffective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains.
Professional whitening is considered to be the most effective and safest method. When done properly, it will be controlled and applied for a short period of time. This can typically be done in a single visit, but may require additional visits for severely stained teeth.
Another advantage of in-office whitening over toothpaste is that your dentist can evaluate the type of stain and treatment needed. Since different stains respond differently, your dentist will be able to choose the option that will give you the best results.
With in-office tooth whitening, you can expect to maintain a brighter smile for as long as five years with no damage to the surface of your teeth.
So go ahead and enjoy that glass of wine. Next time you need your smile whitened you know what you best option is!