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10th August 2017

Whitening Toothpaste

Do whitening toothpastes work?

We don’t doubt that you come across advertising for whitening toothpastes almost every day. They are advertised on the TV, on the radio, across message boards, throughout glossy magazines and in tabloid newspapers. Some claim to brighten your smile by several shades, giving you dazzling pearly whites with minimal effort and cost.

But how well do they really work? Can you trust them to achieve the results you want every time?

What those sleek adverts don’t tell you, is that there are many factors at play when it comes to the colour of your teeth. For example, everyone is different and will have a slightly different natural colouring to start with. This alone, should mean that a single product would work differently for different people, no matter how good a product it is in the first place.

There are many different reasons why your teeth may become discoloured, including age, the types of food and drinks you consume, as well as your daily oral hygiene routine. Different causes of tooth discolouration will lead to different types and depths of staining, so it once again makes sense that a solution would need to be tailored specifically for you.

Now, this isn’t to say that whitening toothpastes are completely useless. They usually work by either bleaching the teeth with a very low concentration bleaching agent, or by containing slightly abrasive materials that rub marks off the teeth. Therefore, if you have light surface staining, where the discolouration is just on the surface of the enamel (the hard outer coating of the teeth), then toothpastes might be effective. However, a fine balance is required. Those that are too abrasive could have the potential to begin damaging the teeth by removing too much of the tooth surface, which could in fact result in a smile that is darker in colour, not lighter. Equally, a product that is too gentle will have little to no visual affect whatsoever.

So what’s the solution?

Professional teeth whitening is the safest and most effective way of brightening your smile. Dentists are legally the only people allowed to use products of high enough concentrations to deliver the results you want, as they are the only ones properly trained to use these products safely. At Confidental Smiles, we take this a step further and are proud to be a Centre of Excellence for Enlighten – the world’s best performing whitening treatments. We can offer highly effective treatments tailored to suit your individual needs, with the added confidence that your teeth will not be damaged in any way. What’s more, the results can really last when you follow a careful maintenance plan and look after your teeth and gums. This is where we come back to whitening toothpastes, because the Evo White Toothpaste from Enlighten is designed to help you maintain the colour achieved through treatment.

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