A healthy and vibrant bright-white smile is important for most people. A healthy smile is a confident smile. And, while there are many things that can cause a smile to appear less white, less vibrant, there are a few at-home remedies (the best remedy for a bright white smile is to keep to twice yearly dental visits, but these are tips for the times between) that work well to keep teeth white.

Whitening Toothpaste: Does it work?

It does work. And you can find tooth whitening versions of almost every brand of toothpaste in the aisles of the grocery store. But which one should you choose? Choose a brand that has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. This is evidence that the ADA has tested the whitening toothpaste to be safe. Whitening toothpaste, however, doesn’t do more than remove the surface stains on the teeth. It doesn’t change the color of the teeth—for that you will need to have your teeth bleached by either a take-home tray or an in-office visit at Premier Smile. Whitening toothpastes remove stains by scrubbing the surfaces of the teeth gently with mild abrasives. It does also contain some chemicals which help to break down those surface-level stains. Some modern whitening toothpastes even contain a certain chemical which can adhere to the surfaces of the teeth, giving the teeth a whiter appearance—but this is only a cosmetic fix.

If you use whitening toothpastes twice daily then you should notice a whiter smile within two to six weeks. And while most whitening toothpastes do try to do minimal damage to tooth enamel (the hard protective outer-coating on teeth) it may be best to consult with your dentist at Premier Smile before you begin a long regimen of brushing twice daily with those types of toothpastes.

Premier Smile is ready for you when you want an in-office whitening, or a take-home dental tray. If you have any questions as to tooth whitening options, or just need to make your next appointment to see you dentist at Premier Smile, then call today.