Why Your Whitening Toothpaste Isnt Working

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: December 29, 2016

Why Your Whitening Toothpaste Isn't Working | West JordanEveryone has a natural shade of white, yellow, gray and even brown when it comes to the color of his or her teeth. This puts a limit on just how white your teeth can become through at-home or in-office professional teeth whitening treatments. Many types of toothpaste make promises to whiten your smile as you brush over time. Unfortunately, whitening toothpaste products typically have little to no impact on the brightness of teeth, especially considering your whitening threshold.

There are three main reasons why your whitening toothpaste won’t work to whiten your teeth including:

  1. Whitening toothpaste only removes surface stains. Most tooth stains develop over time and seep into the enamel of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes only scrape off the initial surface stains you may get from wine, coffee, etc. If you have deep tooth stains, consider professional teeth whitening at our office in West Jordan.
  2. The toothpaste contains minimal amounts of whitening chemicals. Whitening toothpaste contains whitening agents similar to at-home kits and in-office treatments. However, toothpaste products typically contain very little whitening chemicals, which is too weak to make a visible difference on your teeth.
  3. Whitening chemicals take at least 20 minutes to brighten teeth. The recommended length of time to adequately brush your teeth is two minutes, but in order for whitening toothpaste to work, the gel would need to be in direct contact with your teeth for at least 20 minutes.

Whitening toothpaste can clean off the initial film as you brush, but these products won’t make a noticeable or lasting impact on the shade of your teeth.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening with our dentist can safely and effectively whiten your teeth. In-office treatments involve a stronger, more consistent whitening agent than over-the-counter products to provide optimal results without damaging your tooth enamel and gums. Our dentist will go over your whitening options and help determine how white your teeth can become during your initial exam.

If you’re embarrassed of your yellow-tinted teeth, call our dentist in West Jordan today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule your tooth whitening consultation. Warr Dental provides general and cosmetic dentistry to patients in West Jordan, Salt Lake City, Midvale and surrounding areas of Utah.