How effective are teeth whitening toothpastes?​​​​​​​

Teeth Whitening LarchmontYou’ve seen the kinds of toothpaste every time you go to the store that state that they have the best whitening ingredients or the best results, maybe you’ve even tried one or two. However, the results have been all over the map for so many people. If you haven’t tried it, you must wonder if it even works, or if you are better off to try strips, or trays. In order to answer your questions, we’ve compiled some information to help you better understand when you should use a whitening toothpaste, and when you need to enlist the help of a professional.

When to Use Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste is often found to be effective at removing surface stains. This means that they aren’t appropriate for changing your actual tooth color.

So, if you have teeth that have become discolored from some of your days to day activities, like drinking coffee or wine, or eating certain foods, whitening toothpaste could be an ideal solution. However, even those surficial stains can penetrate deeper into the tooth if they aren’t removed in a timely manner. If you have started to use a whitening toothpaste, you should expect to see results around six weeks. For this reason, many people take a photo of their teeth with an item like a white napkin, and then weeks later, they can compare their updated tooth color to see if it is working for them.

If you are looking to get an immediately white smile for a special event, there is one trick that you can use. Look for a whitening toothpaste that contains an ingredient called blue covarine. This chemical can immediately diminish the discoloration of the teeth, although the effects are not as long lasting as other options. In order to get the fast action and long-lasting effects, look for toothpaste or solutions that can combine blue covarine with other longer-lasting formulas.

Long-Term Results

f you’re using a whitening toothpaste, it is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results. Generally, this includes the application at least twice a day for an extended period. Even if your whitening toothpaste doesn’t contain blue covarine, you can achieve impressive and long-lasting results.

Whitening toothpaste typically get results through the use of certain chemicals and formulas that help to polish the teeth and break down the chemicals that caused the stains in the first place. If you’re considering toothpaste, you can look for some of these chemicals: Hydrated aluminum oxide, Calcium carbonate, or Magnesium carbonate. Some types of peroxides are also used in order to effectively whiten teeth.

Product Considerations

Product compositions and results can vary widely. If you are considering whitening toothpaste, you can often look at some of their reviews or rankings online. Be cautious though, because these user reviews aren’t always indicative of the results that you will get. It is also important to look for products that carry the ADA seal. This means that these products and their claims have been reviewed by the American Dental Association and have been found to be effective and reliable products.


Whitening toothpaste can work wonders to remove some of the superficial stains that you might have on your teeth. However, if you aren’t getting the results that you want, visit with your dentist. Your dentist can use formulas that aren’t available on the open market and can clean superficial and deeper stains. Call your dentist to schedule an appointment today. They can discuss all the whitening treatments that they offer and help you find one that is best tailored to suit your needs.

Eric Spellman, DMD

Dr. Eric Spellman and his staff take pride in providing a comfortable, caring experience for our patients in the Larchmont area. Call us today at (914) 315-4446.

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