How Effective is Whitening Toothpaste?

Whitening toothpaste is a pretty common product you can find in grocery and health food stores across many brands. Depending on the brand, you will find varying results. However, what about whitening toothpaste in general? Is it effective at truly whitening your teeth? If you’ve ever wondered this and aren’t so sure about using whitening toothpaste for your needs, this in-depth look at whitening toothpaste is for you.

What is Whitening Toothpaste Really Meant For?

Although most whitening toothpastes will provide some whitening to long-term stains already on the teeth over time, whitening toothpaste is best for making sure daily stains don’t stick. In other words, if you drink a lot of coffee, this beverage can cause long-term staining. If you use a whitening toothpaste on a daily basis, those daily stains can be washed away before they have time to stick as a long-term stain.

What to Expect for Results

It’s important to note that with just about any average whitening toothpaste, you will not see a difference in one brushing or even two or three. The best whitening toothpastes will show noticeable improvement in an average of two weeks. Whitening toothpaste will work on those long-term stains you have, over time, and diminish them slowly while keeping new stains from popping up. When using whitening toothpaste, you’ll want to brush at least once a day if not, twice a day, for best results. If you’re not consistent, you will most likely see little to no results as consistency is key to whitening toothpaste working.

What to Look For?

As always, check for the ADA seal of approval on any whitening toothpaste you decide to use. This will ensure that the product has undergone a better testing regimen before being offered for sale to the public. Whitening toothpaste, along with other various over the counter treatments for your teeth, can sometimes cause more issues than anything. Just about all whitening and bleaching products come with risks since each person will react differently to them. Look for a toothpaste that contains blue covarine if possible but, it’s not necessary, just the best option for results.

Many whitening toothpastes use abrasive materials that breakdown the stains on teeth to dissolve them. Ingredients that usually achieve are hydrated aluminum oxide, calcium carbonate, and magnesium carbonate. All of these ingredients work in much the same way and at a similar pace.

Overall, it’s recommended that you see or ask a professional for the best whitening toothpaste recommendations. They will be able to match you with the best and safest toothpaste for your specific circumstances. It’s even better if you choose a whitening treatment they can oversee if you’re looking for more drastic results since the process can be more closely monitored. This will ensure a much better outcome that you can depend on without the guessing involved.


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Dr. Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is committed to providing high-quality dentistry using state-of-the-art equipment to help you achieve improved oral health and the beautiful smile you deserve.

Dr. Nguyen has served on the Virginia Board of Dentistry and has many achievements such as: Invisalign Premier and Teen Provider, Pre-Fellow with Academy of General Dentistry, Graduate of Aesthetic Continuum, Engel Institute for Dental Implant Training, WaveOne Endodontic Training, HD President’s Club.

Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, staying active in the gym, and trying out new restaurants.  When he isn’t at work, you can find him playing basketball, tennis, football, or hiking.

“I want to make you feel right at home, exceed your expectations, and provide an amazing experience!”