Do whitening toothpastes work?

It depends on your overall goals and the causes and level of your staining. 

Most whitening toothpastes rely on mild abrasives to "scrub" away surface stains. One problem with this, however, is that most problematic staining doesn't occur on the surface. Stains from food and drink penetrate the enamel and become trapped beneath it, and whitening toothpastes and other over-the-counter remedies simply can't touch these stains. Even worse, the abrasives in whitening toothpastes can actually harm the enamel, making the yellowish dentin beneath more apparent. Plus, this enamel destruction contributes to sensitivity.

If you're considering using a whitening toothpaste, we strongly recommend that you discuss your options with us first. We are happy to recommend a product that can help you remove surface stains without damaging your precious enamel. We can also discuss other options to improve the appearance of your smile, especially if your staining goes deeper. Professional teeth whitening products will actually "flush" out stains that are trapped beneath the enamel to give you the beautiful, healthy, youthful appearance you are seeking. 

Call our practice today to schedule a cleaning or a consult with Dr. Nick Darby and find out which products will help you get the results you are seeking.

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