While there are few people who wouldn’t rather have a great smile and perfect teeth, not everyone agrees on how to best get and retain whiter, brighter teeth and an engaging smile. As you may know, tooth enamel naturally darkens with age. It’s not something you can prevent, but it is an effect of aging that you can combat with proper care, regular brushing with the proper toothpaste and proper professional dental care.
There are a number of teeth whitening products on the market, but there is no substitute for proper care, and for heeding the advice of your dentist. At Texas-based Smile Workshop, we agree that a bright smile can be your best asset, and we want to address some claims that you may have recently read or heard about.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Removing some of the surface stains caused by such things as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine and other food and beverages helps tooth enamel retain its natural color and sheen. However, the top layer of enamel tends to thin a bit with age, allowing some of the darker tooth structure known as dentin to show through. Dentin is naturally darker than enamel, so older teeth will naturally not seem as white.
Can Tooth Whiteness Be Restored?
Removing surface stains with a specially-formulated toothpaste will go a long way toward helping your teeth retain their sparkle. In addition, regular visits to your dentist and twice-a-year professional cleaning will not only make your smile brighter, but will also prevent cavities and keep your teeth and gums in top condition.
Do Charcoal Toothpastes and Tooth Whitening Products Work?
There is no conclusive evidence that activated charcoal toothpastes are better, safer or more effective than standard whitening toothpastes. In fact, they and other OTC teeth whitening products may contain high levels of abrasive compounds that can damage tooth enamel and cause irreparable harm. Charcoal may remove some surface stains, but it tends to settle at the gumline, making it difficult for even a trained dental hygienist to remove. In addition, it is impossible for charcoal to actually change the color of tooth enamel to any great degree.
What Is the Best Whitening Toothpaste?
The only substance proved to lighten the color of tooth enamel is activated oxygen. That is the substance released by the peroxide contained in Opalescence tooth whitening systems.
If you’re looking for a whitening toothpaste that really works and won’t harm your tooth enamel, there are several options available in both original or sensitivity relief formulations. Check with your Smile Workshop dentist to find out which toothpaste will work well for you to remove surface stains, and is gentle enough for daily use.
In addition, of course, we recommend that you see your dentist regularly, and take the best possible care of your teeth so that you will continue to have every reason to smile. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Smile Workshops; we’ll be happy to answer your questions.