Does Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Work?
Everybody wants a perfect, porcelain-white teeth, but is there a quick, easy way of making it happen? We recently spoke with La Jolla dentist, Dr. Nick Marongiu, one of the experts at Scripps Center for Dental Car about the pros and cons of teeth whitening treatments; whether home kits were comparative to in-office treatment.
As it turned out, going to the orthodontist for an official treatment is more effective, long lasting and safer. The peroxide in home-kits have potentially harmful effects on gums and teeth when overused or accidentally exposed to bare tissue for long periods of time.
Another low-risk is teeth-whitening option that we see advertised is whitening toothpaste. But is this a valid method of making those pearly whites whiter? Here's what Dr. Marongiu had to say: Whitening toothpaste whitens through mechanical action of removing surface stains; therefore, all toothpaste could be marketed as whitening toothpaste and is not regarded to be a great whitening option.
So teeth whitening toothpaste is really just as useful as regular toothpaste, unless it's infused with peroxide which wouldn't be clinically safe. Therefore it's still better to go to the orthodontist for whitening treatments.