Are Tooth Whitening Gums or Toothpastes Effective?

November 21, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Woman chewing teeth whitening gumToday’s culture seems to be obsessed with getting whiter teeth. Take a walk down the oral hygiene aisle at your local pharmacy. You’ll see whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, and gels. Watching television, you are likely to see at least one commercial for an oral hygiene product. The latest teeth whitening product to join the trend is tooth whitening gum. All of these products promise patients they’ll achieve dramatically brighter smiles, but unless patients have only minimal surface-level staining, they will not likely see any changes in the shade of their teeth. Instead, professional teeth whitening may be a safer, more predictable solution.

Effectiveness Tooth Whitening Gums & Toothpastes

Teeth whitening gums and toothpastes may contain a number of products that brighten smiles, but because they are not properly applied, they typically cannot produce the desired results. Saliva is a neutralizing agent, so as you chew the gum or brush your teeth, the whitening agent is immediately being neutralized by your saliva, producing little to no change in the color of your teeth.

Professional Teeth Whitening

If you want a predictable way to brighten your smile, the best option is to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. At McCarl Dental Group, our dentists have many years of experience in cosmetic and esthetic dentistry.  We offer personalized treatment plans that will directly address the underlying causes of your dental discoloration. For patients with the primary goal of whitening their teeth, we make custom whitening trays for at-home professional teeth whitening treatments. Take-home teeth whitening allows patients to brighten their smiles over the course of several days or weeks. With daily applications of about thirty minutes for a few days to a week, patients achieve the same results possible with in-office teeth whitening. If you do not achieve your desired whiteness from teeth whitening or there are additional cosmetic concerns besides discoloration, including worn tooth enamel, chipped or cracked teeth, crooked teeth or gaps between teeth, veneers or crowns may be an option to restore your smile.

Meet the McCarl Dental Group Team

The McCarl Dental Group team is happy to offer our Millersville and Greenbelt Maryland dental patients cosmetic dentistry services including professional teeth whitening. If you want to learn more about teeth whitening, contact our team to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We’ll examine your smile and help you find the right teeth whitening solution or other cosmetic dental treatment to deliver the picture-perfect smile you deserve.