These days, it seems like every product in the dental care aisle has a label that promises to whiten your teeth.
However, what these labels do not tell you is that these products are likely not as effective as a professional?teeth whitening?that is administered by a dentist.
First, look at the claims the product is making. Many whitening strips, rinses and toothpastes word their claims very carefully with the specific intent to make it difficult to tell exactly what they are saying. For example, claims regarding “surface stains” may mean nothing more than that the product will remove superficial food and beverage stains from your teeth — which is what regular toothpaste does anyway. Also, watch out for words that suggests subjectivity, like “appliance” or something like “customers felt that their teeth where whiter.” These really don’t mean anything, since they refer to perceptions and opinions.
Second, many of these over-the-counter whitening products do contain some of the ingredients used in professional whitening, like hydrogen peroxide, but are applied or used in a way that means the ingredient cannot work effectively. A toothpaste, for example, probably doesn’t stay on your teeth long enough to allow the whitening components to work.
If you are truly interested in whitening your smile, it would be a good idea to talk about your options with a dentist. At the office of Dr. Ashley Mann, we have helped many clients feel happier and more confident with their teeth. If you are interested in more information, please do not hesitate to?contact us.