Will Whitening Toothpastes Help Keep My Teeth Whiter for Longer?

If you have just had your teeth whitened for the first time at Dr. Chan’s Smile Studio in London then you’re almost certainly delighted with the outcome, and may want to know how you can keep that gorgeous white colour for as long as possible. Although your teeth will eventually revert to their natural colour, there are lots of different things you can do to help slow down the process. While making small lifestyle changes can help, switching to whitening toothpastes can also be a way of helping to prolong the effects of tooth whitening in London.

The Brightening Effects of Whitening Toothpastes

The effects produced by whitening toothpastes are quite subtle. The reason for this is that they don’t contain bleach, but rely on brightening up a smile through removing surface stains. Most contain a mildly abrasive agent that gently polishes the tooth surface. Ingredients commonly found include calcium phosphates, calcium carbonate, alumina, hydrated silica or silicon dioxide. Some toothpaste are more efficient at removing surface stains than others as they contain a higher percentage of abrasive agents, and will have undergone a Relative Dentine Abrasiveness test to determine their effectiveness.

It can be quite tricky to find out the rating of your favourite toothpaste, but it can make a difference as to how frequently you want to use it. Whitening toothpastes with a rating of between zero and seventy is only mildly abrasive, while toothpastes with a rating of between seventy and one hundred will contain a moderate amount of abrasives. Toothpastes with a rating higher than one hundred may be pretty abrasive and unsuitable for daily use.

Although these types of toothpastes can brighten a smile, they cannot replace tooth whitening in London as the effects are incomparable. Whitening toothpastes cannot brighten teeth beyond their natural shade in the same way as teeth whitening treatments by Dr Chan. All they can do is lighten teeth by around one shade or less. However they are a safe way of helping the effects of teeth whitening in London to last longer. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity at all then you may be better off choosing a brand especially formulated to deal with this problem.

Using Whitening Toothpaste in Conjunction with Whitening Mouthwash

Using a mouthwash isn’t necessary if you have a good oral hygiene routine, but can leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. These can also be purchased in whitening formulas and most contain a small percentage of hydrogen peroxide. They will not have a huge effect as the bleach isn’t in contact with the teeth for very long so the overall effects are pretty minimal. It is best to look for a formula that is alcohol-free, or which contains fluoride or some anti-bacterial agent.

Although all these things will help prolong the effects of professional teeth whitening in London, you will need to re-treat your teeth from time to time. Dr Wyman Chan will tell you exactly how frequently to use the home whitening trays or home whitening system, and it is important to adhere to these instructions to make sure your teeth remain not only white, but also strong and healthy. You can always contact the Smile Studio in London should you have any further questions.