How Do Tooth Whitening Toothpastes, Strips and Gels Work And Are They Effective?

Professional Whitening With Your Dentist

None of the home use whitening toothpastes, strips or gels can come even close to producing the bleaching effect you get from your dentist’s office.

One of the most common questions I hear from patients in our Toms River dental office is what are the different ways they can go about whitening their teeth.

Both over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide that helps remove stains on the tooth surface, as well as stains deep in the tooth.

Over-The-Counter Products

Whitening Toothpastes  – All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach. They can lighten your tooth’s color by about one shade.

Whitening Strips & Whitening Gels – These products contain peroxide in a concentration that is much lower than the peroxide-based products that are used in your dentist’s office. Although some teeth lightening will be achieved, the degree of whitening is much lower than results achieved with in-office or dentist-supervised whitening systems.

Professional Whitening With Your Dentist

In Office Zoom! Whitening – This technique offers the fastest with the most powerful whitening solutions available.  Light activated whitening conducted in your dentist’s office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.  It takes about an hour and the results will be immediately obvious. 

Zoom! Take-Home Whitening – This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness.

None of the home use whitening toothpastes, strips or gels can come even close to producing the bleaching effect you get from your dentist’s office through chair side bleaching or power bleaching.

Additionally, use of over-the-counter products do not benefit from the close supervision of your dentist — to determine what whitening process might be best for you, to check on the progress of the teeth whitening, and look for signs of gum irritation.

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