Whitening toothpastes are widely popular in the United States. It’s no surprise that people turn to this beauty enhancement product to whiten their teeth. Whether it’s about hiding their teeth during photographs or being attractive to the opposite sex, 90% of the people think that a dazzling smile will boost their chances of achieving the best.
Teeth whitening toothpaste is their first pick to achieve that goal and avoid a visit to the dentist for a whitening treatment.
However, there are a lot of questions: Do they actually work? Do they have any long term risks?
Anything that you put into your mouth can add a layer of foreign substance on top of your teeth. These substances usually stain your teeth which is the reason why they appear yellow. The same staining agents will work their way into your enamel where you won’t be able to just brush them, even if you use whitening toothpaste.
Whitening toothpaste will only remove surface stains. The product contains abrasive substances like silica which scrubs the teeth.
In addition to silica, whitening toothpastes also contain peroxides to break down the stains. Some of these toothpastes contain blue covarine chemical which creates a layer on top, giving out an illusion of white teeth.
If you brush your teeth too hard, even with normal toothpaste, you are harming your enamel. When brushing your teeth with abrasive substances, you are at a greater risk of exposing your dentine by wearing down your enamel.
Once you’ve worn down your enamel, it is not replaceable and requires high-cost treatments. In recent years, dentists in America have expressed concerns regarding patients complaining about increased tooth sensitivity and worn out enamel. These patients have then found to be using whitening toothpastes recently.
At Image Dental and Orthodontics, we recommend using standard toothpastes and getting professional whitening treatments done. If you really have to use whitening toothpaste, make sure that it has been approved by American Dental Association.