We have many people ask about using a whitening toothpaste, and our answer has always been the same: whitening toothpastes are not safe for your teeth if you have recession or already have sensitive teeth.
I am now excited to tell you about a new whitening toothpaste that is safe to use and really works. It is made by Sensodyne and is called "True White." This toothpaste is 10x less abrasive than other whitening toothpastes. True White is low-abrasive and it will help whiten your teeth by gently lifting stains and creating a protective barrier to prevent new stains. The best part is it also helps desensitize your teeth at the same time. Give it a try!
- from Julie C. (Dental Hygienist)
Whitening toothpastes really do not lighten the teeth; they have abrasive agents in them to remove surface stain only. Whitening toothpastes may even cause sensitivity due to their abrasiveness. Whitening toothpastes tend to be best sellers on the market so that is why you see whitening on many brands.
The best way to whiten your teeth for spring is to have professional whitening trays made. Ask your dental professionals how you can get started!! Happy Spring!!!
- from Kim B. (Dental Hygienist)
Would you like to brighten your smile? There are three fast fixes:
- from Rachel B. (Business Team)
It’s Springtime! Brighten up your smile! Do you have a special occasion coming up, such as a wedding, reunion, job interview, prom or senior pictures this summer? Now is the perfect time to come see us at Commerce Drive Dental and ask us about our tooth whitening products!
- from Gloria M. (Dental Assistant)
I had a parent ask me the other day if it is safe to whiten her 9 year old's teeth. They were using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda daily! This type of whitening does not work and is not safe for children or adults. Dental professionals do not recommend this method of whitening!! The baking soda is too abrasive and will damage the enamel of the teeth. The hydrogen peroxide will cause damage to the gum tissue and lining of the mouth, which will cause sensitivity, pain, and long term damage to the teeth and gum tissue.
We have made and will make professional whitening trays for children with parental permission. We recommend waiting until your child is finished with braces or until all of their adult teeth are present. At-home professional whitening trays are safe as long as they are used as directed. If you have questions about the color of your child's teeth or your own teeth, just ask us and we will be happy to discuss the procedure.
For more info on whitening, refer to our Cosmetic website page as well as past blog entries on whitening or bleaching on our website.
- from Kim B. (Dental Hygienist)
If you don't like the color of your teeth, home bleaching is an easy and inexpensive option for patients. However, professional bleaching in our office allows for a higher concentration of carbamide peroxide, which is the most commonly used solution for whitening your teeth. Another benefit of professional whitening is that we are able to make customized bleaching trays specifically for your mouth.
Let us know if professional bleaching is something that interests you. We would be happy to answer your questions about options for whitening your teeth!
- from Pam T. (Dental Assistant)
Patients often ask how to use bleaching trays for best results to lighten their teeth, so here are the Commerce Drive Dental recommendations:
- from Lisa G. (Business Team)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.