Ahh, the age old question of whether that tube of toothpaste is really going to leave your teeth pearly white and glistening, or whether it’s a clever marketing ploy by toothpaste manufacturers to get you buying these products in a frenzy.
The truth is whilst whitening toothpastes can remove a lot of surface stains caused by the likes of drinking coffee or wine, eating foods that can leave a residue, or stains from smoking, they will never be able to change the colour of your tooth. That goes for the natural colour of your tooth, or stubborn stains. If you are looking for really white teeth, then the answer lies elsewhere.
One key component that is missing from toothpaste is ‘Peroxide’, a word that you may familiarise with an ingredient of hair dye, ‘Hydrogen Peroxide’. Peroxide is also present in tooth whitening products and helps break down and clean the stains from the surface of your teeth.
When used twice a day, whitening toothpaste can take from two to six weeks to make teeth appear whiter.
There are specialised toothpastes out there that do contain peroxide, and blue Covarine which is another ingredient that can be found in silica toothpastes. Blue Covarine can have an instant impact on your teeth, rather than the need to wait for two – six weeks like you would with normal whitening toothpaste.
The alternative path is to contact your dentist for treatments or bleaching products that can help give the desired effect.Back to Blog