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How are whitening treatments different than whitening toothpastes?

When it comes to teeth whitening, many people reach straight for the various brands of whitening toothpaste available on supermarket shelves. After all, these are seen as an easy option that combines with your existing routine, and many people assume that whitening toothpastes work in much the same way to special teeth whitening treatments. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many differences between whitening treatments and whitening toothpastes, all of which can affect the efficacy and suitability of the treatment.

They Are a Specialist Product

Toothpaste is fundamentally designed to clean your teeth of detritus and support your oral hygiene. Whilst many brands will add extra functions into their formulas, including teeth whitening abilities, these are just that – add ons. They are not the main function of the toothpaste, which must prioritise being able to clean your teeth effectively. On the other hand, whitening treatments are specifically designed to treat the aesthetic of your teeth whilst used alongside your regular cleaning routine. They can, therefore, be tailored to the purpose, making them a more effective alternative to whitening toothpastes.

They Treat Intrinsic Stains

You may not be aware, but stains on your teeth fall into two main categories: extrinsic stains and intrinsic stains. Most whitening toothpaste only works to remove extrinsic stains, which are stains that only exist on the surface of a tooth. Whilst they work well for this purpose to remove stains on a daily basis, they often fail to address underlying issues, and the effects are not long-lasting. Alternatively, whitening treatments can work on both surface stains and intrinsic stains, which are stains that occur beneath the surface of the enamel. By treating these sub-surface stains, you can achieve a much more noticeable and whiter smile that also lasts much longer.

They Stay On Longer

Whitening toothpaste only stays on your teeth for as long as it takes you to brush them, before being instantly washed away. However thoroughly you brush your teeth, this can mean that the formula is only touching your enamel for a brief period, and you don’t want to risk overbrushing and wearing down the enamel. In contrast, whitening treatments, especially whitening strips, are designed to sit over your teeth and keep the treatment gel against the enamel for a more extended period of time. This allows the whitening agents to sink into the enamel, treating stains at all levels and providing a more effective service.

They Can be Gentler

As mentioned above, excessive brushing can cause problems with your enamel, and lead to corrective measures being required. When you add whitening agents to your toothpaste, these issues can become exacerbated. Separate whitening treatments offer the ability to tailor your use of them more, with options available for gentler treatments depending on the sensitivity of your teeth and gums. For many people, this provides a fantastic way to whiten their teeth in a controlled manner, altering the intensity of the treatment as needed, and producing a much whiter smile than traditional whitening toothpaste.

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