- Jacquetta Rodgers
Do Whitening Toothpastes really work?
Whitening toothpastes, like most other toothpastes, contain mild abrasives for removing surface stains; they may have additional polishing agents and special chemicals that are more effective against stains than regular toothpastes. While whitening toothpastes can make your teeth appear a little lighter, by getting rid of stains, they do not actually change the colour of your teeth.
Tooth whitening toothpastes are great for people who smoke, drink coffee and tea,
and eat certain foods that can stain your teeth. Tooth whitening toothpastes are also good to use after you have undergone tooth whitening at the dentist, to keep surface stains from building up on your teeth.
Can I have my teeth whitened? How safe is it?
In most cases, yes you can. Your dentist will assess your oral health, and your teeth, and advise whether it is a suitable procedure in your case, and what results you might expect.
If carried out correctly tooth whitening is a safe procedure which does not harm or damage your teeth or gums. Some people may experience some temporary sensitivity which will resolve following completion of treatment.
We do not advise using over-the-counter products, or those sold on the internet. Some may strip the teeth of enamel, damaging the teeth and leaving them more prone to staining, decay and sensitivity.