All toothpastes help to remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Some commercial whitening toothpastes contain gentle chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal for your teeth. These whitening toothpastes help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach; over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching substance) that helps remove stains on tooth surfaces as well as stains deep in the tooth.
No home-use whitening toothpastes come close to producing the bleaching effect you get from your dentist’s office through chair-side bleaching or power bleaching. Whitening toothpastes can lighten your tooth’s color by about one shade. In contrast, light-activated whitening conducted in your dentist’s office can make teeth three to eight shades lighter. Keep in mind that with repeated use, the harsher abrasives in some whitening toothpastes can begin to damage tooth enamel and contribute to tooth sensitivity. Call us to learn which whitening method is best for you.