The answer to this question really depends on your expectations of ‘whitening’. Whitening toothpaste works by removing surface stains from your teeth, helping the natural colour come through.
Whitening toothpaste does not change the natural colour of your teeth. They also cannot lighten a stain that goes deeper than the tooth’s surface.
How does whitening toothpaste work?
In contrast to whitening treatments, whitening toothpaste contains low concentrations of peroxide (bleach). It largely lightens teeth through abrasives which polish stains from teeth. As well, it may contain chemicals which aid in the breakdown of stains on teeth.
Some whitening toothpaste contain a chemical called blue covarine. This chemical sticks to the tooth surface to create the impression of whiter teeth. Once the product is no longer used, the whitening effects may reduce or disappear altogether.
Toothpaste is designed to clean teeth with minimal wear, not to abrasively remove stains. If you have decided to use a whitening toothpaste, ensure you follow the product guidelines. Further, you might want to check the brand you are using is supported by The Australian Dental Association.
Is whitening toothpaste harmful?
As whitening toothpaste is more abrasive than regular toothpaste it has a greater potential to wear down tooth enamel. Some whitening toothpaste packaging may recommend using the product in 2-3 week intervals.
If you are looking for a solution to whiten your teeth safely, you may want to consider teeth whitening.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening uses peroxide to breakdown colour pigments in the tooth’s enamel layer (not just the surface). The stronger the solution, the more pigment can be broken down. This is why in-chair teeth whitening is so effective.
At The White Bite, we use Philips Zoom in-chair teeth whitening which can be completed in a 60-90 minute session. During the whitening session, the bleach is heated with a blue UV light which allows the solution to enter deeper into the enamel.
Results of teeth whitening
Philips Zoom! have proven their product can whiten teeth up to 8 shades.
In terms of our patients, roughly 70 percent experience a significant to noticeable change, 20 percent a minor change and 10 percent almost no change. In general, yellow teeth see the most dramatic change, whereas grey, white or brown teeth see less.
You can expect treatment results to last between 1 to 3 years. The variance is due to an individual’s oral hygiene, eating and drinking habits and whether or not they smoke.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Whitening your teeth is considered safe as long as you stick to dentist-approved methods.
You may, however, experience side effects such as teeth sensitivity or irritated gums. These side effects should subside a few days after treatment. Your dentist may also give you tooth moose which helps to reduce tooth sensitivity.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Our in-chair teeth whitening treatments cost $495. This includes a take-home whitening kit with custom-made whitening trays. The take-home kit allows you to keep your whitening results for as long as possible.