The latest trend with toothpaste it seems is to add the “whitening” tag to the title. Is this the next gimmicky marketing plot or can you really expect teeth whitening from just brushing your teeth?
Most likely you have tried such a toothpaste and may not have even noticed. If so then you may expect them not to work. Well, it seems that with the right teeth whitening toothpaste you can remove superficial stains and very mild discoloration.
You will not receive that beaming Hollywood smile but may offer an inexpensive way to add a little gleam to your smile!
How do teeth whitening toothpaste work?
Such toothpaste work by means of abrasion, so that the small quantities of abrasive chemicals within the toothpaste when scrubbing over the tooth will remove superficial debris.
The chemicals responsible for this abrasive action are typically aluminum oxide, dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, hydrated silicas or calcium carbonate. They are not toxic and will be in such minute quantities you need not fear of suffering from any side effects.
For this reason, such toothpaste is regarded as non-bleaching whitening products.
Some teeth whitening toothpaste do contain peroxides and instead do not use abrasion but is more of a chemical reaction to remove stains. However, the amount of peroxide is very low and certainly a lot less than other teeth whitening methods, such as teeth whitening strips or teeth whitening kits.
Best teeth whitening toothpaste on the market
There a number of popular dental brands who have added a teeth whitening version of their toothpaste. Probably two of the most well known are Colgate and Rembrandt.
Colgate is one of the most popular dental manufacturers in the UK and produces a number of toothpaste that is available in most UK high street shops. Rembrandt is well known more for their teeth whitening strips, their Rembrandt Toothpaste Plus is becoming established as one of the best whitening toothpaste.
Colgate Total Advanced Whitening claims to restore the natural whiteness of your teeth along with providing 12-hour protection against bacteria and fighting tartar.
Rembrandt Toothpaste Plus uses a patented formula that is supposed to reduce abrasion and work to polish your teeth, that should protect against any future staining.
In reality, both brands, along with many other whitening kinds of toothpaste, will at best provide a minor whitening effect because they only tackle the outer layer of the tooth. The scrubbing action is unlikely to remove any deep staining and those toothpaste containing peroxide will be at such low levels not to be strong enough.
Teeth whitening toothpaste is probably the least effective method of teeth whitening. Nevertheless, they are a very cost-effective solution to potentially removing minor stains.