Do Teeth Whitening Toothpastes Really Work?

Lake Oswego Dentist Serving Portland, & Nearby West Linn, OR

If you're looking to enhance your smile by whitening your teeth, then you may have tried some of the many over the counter products available only to be left disappointed.

Though over the counter methods work to some degree, nothing compares to the beautiful smile professional whitening can achieve for you. In addition, to the time and money you spend searching for the perfect over-the-counter product can actually end up costing you more in the long run.

Toothpaste is designed to clean your teeth and to prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental problems. When a whitening solution is added, it's in competition with the main ingredients, which lowers its effectiveness. While you may notice a shade or two difference with whitening toothpaste, if you drink coffee, tea, or smoke cigarettes, it's doubtful you'll notice any improvement.

The biggest causes of discolored teeth, unfortunately, are not under your control. These factors are age and heredity. That's why it's important to consider your ultimate gThe oal. What type of smile do you really want? How important is your smile's brightness, especially considering that after your eyes, your smile is the number one thing people notice?

If you start with our professional teeth whitening process, whitening toothpastes are great as part of your smile maintenance program. We have a few different teeth whitening options for you to choose from. We use Zoom! whitening, which is done in our office and as a take-home kit. We also offer porcelain veneers and dental bonding.

Porcelain veneers are a popular option, especially if in addition to stains you have crooked, chipped, or uneven teeth. Dental bonding is great if you've had tooth trauma or if you have gaps in your teeth.

Portland Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Wendling is happy to discuss the options we offer to fit your needs. To learn more about whitening your teeth and enhancing your smile, please call our teeth whitening office to schedule your personal consult today.

Portland Cosmetic Dentist

17437 Boones Ferry Road Suite 400
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035