Do Toothpaste Whiteners Work?
Toothpaste whiteners are a way to brighten your smile. They do not contain peroxide, a common element in professional teeth whitening products, but they do have unique abrasives that gently polish and help break down or dissolve stains. There are plenty of products and options in this arena. Before choosing one, it would be best to talk with a licensed dentist, like Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, about how to best go about finding and using them.
Getting ahead with a great smile
Studies conducted by sources as diverse as Match.com, Oral-B and the University of California have confirmed how important having a white smile is. A large portion of the populace – almost 99.7% – believes a beautiful smile is an invaluable societal asset. Many of us are attracted to a person’s infectious smile. It makes a person more appealing, especially to members of the opposite sex. A wondrous smile can impact your career, as many hiring managers will see a less than attractive smile as a negative characteristic.
Unfortunately, not everyone can claim to have a great smile. Discoloration is a major deterrent to being happy with our mouths.
There are a range of reasons why discoloration happens:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Poor dental hygiene, including insufficient brushing, flossing and rinsing
- Excessive caffeine, including coffee, tea, wines and sodas (especially dark-colored beverages)
- Vegetables and fruits
- Ill health that can impact enamel and dentin, such as chemotherapy
How do toothpaste whiteners work?
Toothpaste whitening changes the color of your teeth through gradual removal of surface stains. The type of product and how you would use it could depend on how discolored teeth are. But these products will not change natural color or lighten defects that are ingrained in a tooth’s surface.
The reason you should talk with a professional at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry before engaging in any toothpaste whitening treatment is because many products do not work or may not work if your discoloration is severe. Keep in mind that everyone’s metabolism is different and effectiveness will vary person-to-person. When using these products, it’s important to follow manufacturer guidelines.
Tooth whitening done by the pros
If you are having issues with discoloration or any other oral health matters, schedule a consultation with trusted Long Island cosmetic dentists Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick. From Eastern Suffolk County to Riverhead and Wading River, they are ready to manage all aspects of teeth whitening, whether it’s choosing over-the-counter toothpaste whiteners or more advanced in-office options. They will monitor your progress to ensure you are on the path to desired results.