Whitening Toothpaste – Which Ones Really Work

 

Introduction

When it comes to caring for your teeth, regular toothpastes might keep the germs and bacteria at bay, but may not be able to give you that ‘Hollywood smile’ that you’ve been looking for. Rather than resort to lengthy procedures to whiten that smile, why not opt for something a little easier? Whitening toothpaste. The best thing to happen since, well, regular toothpaste! Yes, there is the option of the teeth whitening kit, but not only do they take up an extortionate amount of money, but valuable time too. Instead of adding to your daily routine, whitening toothpastes are just swapped out from your regular toothpaste, and are able to keep your mouth just as clean, but give you that added brightness to your smile!

How It Works

Whitening toothpastes contain an abrasive that is able to strip down any staining on the enamel on your teeth, giving your teeth a brighter appearance. While they do not necessarily ‘add’ any whiteness to your teeth, they do have the capability to bring through the natural brightness of your teeth. However, as with any product, whitening toothpastes do have their pros and cons:


PROS:

  • They have a variety of uses
  • They are easily available
  • The price is very reasonable

CONS:

  • Should not be used long term.
  • Overuse can cause problems
  • You have to watch what you do


 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • They have a variety of uses – As the name suggests, the general use of whitening toothpaste is that it is able to give you a brighter smile that other regular toothpastes can not give. Although, because the market for whitening toothpaste is so large, it is not considered crazy when we say that different toothpastes in this market can also help to target things like gum disease.
  • They are easily available – If you were to use teeth whitening kits, as soon as you begin to run out, you may have to take to the internet to purchase another. As well as this, it may take another week to get delivered, meaning your teeth are missing out on the care that they deserve. However, with whitening toothpaste, they can be found in practically every supermarket and drugstore. This means that, when your tube is running low, you can easily pop down to your local store and pick up some more!
  • The price is very reasonable – With teeth whitening kits, you may be looking at a high price of £30 or even more, depending on the brand. However, when it comes to whitening toothpaste, prices often start from £3, which seems a lot more fair.
  • Brands that you can trust – Toothpaste brands such as Colgate, Aquafresh and Sensodyne are branching off into the world of whitening toothpaste, each offering affordable products with high quality. So, this means that you don’t have to go trying out any brands that you aren’t familiar with, if that is what you want.

Cons:

  • Should not be used long term – As with any product, it should only be used when required. Would you use sun cream on a grey, rainy day (or pretty much any day in Britain)? No. The same applies to whitening toothpaste. When you have seen results, and are happy with your smile, you can go back to your regular toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste should not be used consistently.
  • Overuse can cause problems – Due to the fact that whitening toothpaste does not actually whiten your teeth, instead using an abrasive to grind away enamel stains, it should not be used excessively. This is because, when it is used for a long period time, the abrasive can remove so much enamel that your teeth can actually become easier to stain. As well as this, abrasive whitening toothpastes can actually dull crowns and veneers.
  • You have to watch what you do – When using a whitening toothpaste, it can be very unproductive to drink carbonated                  drinks, wine, coffee and fruit juices, or inhale cigarette smoke. This is because, while the toothpaste is working on reducing past staining, you are actually adding more stains, making it a lot more difficult for the toothpaste to do its job.

Our Top Picks

Here at E-Review, we know what it takes to get that perfect smile, and which whitening toothpastes really do the trick. Below are a list of our top 5 whitening toothpastes, all of which are available within the UK:

White Glo Professional Choice Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste


What Makes It Great?:

  • Uses low abrasion method, which makes it safer for long-term usage.
  • Product also includes an Anti-Stain Whitening Toothbrush and Flosser Toothpicks, making the products quality extra high.
  • Fluoride in the toothpaste makes it so it can protect against any unwanted cavities. This means you don’t have to worry about doubling up your toothpastes, as White Glo Professional acts as a combo of a whitening and cavity fighting toothpaste.

What Makes It Not So Great?:

  • The product is not recommended for those with sensitive teeth.
  • Any delicate areas in the mouth may become irritated due to it being an abrasive product.


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Crest 3D White Brilliance Whitening Toothpaste

What Makes It Great?:

  • Has a gentle foaming action that makes it easier to clean those hard-to-reach areas.
  • Fluoride is used in the toothpaste to help it not only combat stained teeth, but cavities too.
  • Gives a natural white appearance, avoiding the need for veneers.

What Makes It Not So Great?:

  • The product is not recommended for those with sensitive teeth.
  • Is relatively more expensive than other leading brands.


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Oral-B 3D White Luxe Healthy Shine Toothpaste

What Makes It Great?:

  • Can remove up to 90% of stains in the first seven days of use.
  • Ingredients within the toothpaste replenish the enamel with essential minerals.
  • A nice, natural-looking shine is given on the first use.

What Makes It Not So Great?:

  • The product is not recommended for those with sensitive teeth.
  • High abrasion may hurt on any sores/cuts in the mouth.


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Arm & Hammer Extra White For Sensitive Teeth

What Makes It Great?:

  • Contains fluoride to ensure the protection of cavities, as well as whitening of teeth.
  • Is specifically made for those with sensitive teeth, whereas most other whitening toothpastes are not recommended.
  • Offering three things (cavity protection, reduction of sensitivity and whitening), you really do get your money’s worth, at a very affordable price.

What Makes It Not So Great?:

  • Requires a ‘test use’ as a small proportion of  reviewers report problems of mouth ulcers.
  • Has a distinctive ‘salty’ taste that may put some users off.


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After Using Whitening Toothpaste

After you feel as though you have gotten the most out of your whitening toothpaste, you may be start wondering, “how do I ensure that my teeth will stay white after I finish using this product?” There are actually a few ways to maintain a bright smile, and here are some that we found:

  • Beware staining foods/drinks – If you consume a stain-causing beverage or food, make sure that you brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out immediately after, to avoid any long-term staining that may require you to use whitening toothpaste again.
  • Use a straw – When consuming a stain-causing beverage, try drinking it through a straw, to avoid much of the liquid to hit your teeth, therefore preventing more staining.
  • Try a whitening toothbrush – When brushing your teeth with your ordinary toothpaste, try swapping out your old toothbrush for a whitening toothbrush, instead. Not only do they help to keep the stains at bay, but they are also very effective in cleaning the tongue and cheeks.

Other Products

Whitening Strips

How They Work:

Teeth whitening strips often use chemicals, such as peroxide or bleach, to be able to whiten your teeth. The strips work in the same way that bleach is able to whiten your clothes/hair. The peroxide in the teeth whitening strips can bleach any discolourations from your teeth, in order to ensure that natural, white colour.

Price:

Prices vary, depending on the brand and intensity of the whitening strip. If you are looking for a product with a moderate level of whitening, the whitening strips will usually cost around £15 – £20. Keep in mind that, when buying a moderate strength product, you will often receive a smaller number of whitening strips, compared to when buying a more expensive and higher concentration product. The higher concentration whitening strips will often cost, depending on the brand, around £30 – £40. The reason that these higher intensity products actually cost more is due to the fact that the product will actually contain a higher concentration of whitening ingredients. This means that the higher level strips are recommended more for those with higher levels of staining.

Whitening Kits

How It Works:

Whitening kits consist of bleaching gel, bleaching trays and desensitising gel. The kit requires a set of clean teeth before use. This means that, before you use the products, you must brush your teeth for optimal results. Then, a small amount of bleaching gel is placed into the bleaching tray, for where you wish to bleach (it is recommended to prioritise the front 6-8 teeth, as the back teeth are more difficult to see). When the gel has been inserted, the bleaching trays are put in the mouth over the teeth. If there is an overspill of gel, which is often the case, then wipe it away with your finger or tissue. After around 20-30 minutes, the bleaching trays should be removed.

Price:

The price of teeth whitening kits will often vary greatly, depending on the brand and the concentration of the ingredients. So, cheaper products will often require more use until the desired whiteness is achieved. Prices will likely vary from as little as £6 – £30, and more professional products may cost even more.

Whitening Gel

How It Works:

Opalescence gels, or more commonly known as teeth whitening gels, can contain what is known as a ‘whitening ingredient’ (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) which will react to the discoloured molecules in your teeth, breaking them down and giving you that brighter looking smile.

Price:

Whitening gels are often included within whitening kits. However, for some reason or another, you may find yourself requiring more gel. Separate to a kit, bleaching gels can cost anywhere from around £5 – £20, depending on the brand and amount of gel.

Whitening Toothbrush

How It Works:

Teeth whitening toothbrushes are meant to be used at least twice a day. These toothbrushes can be either manual, or even battery-operated. Bristles that are softer are located at the tip of the brush, and are used to remove any visible discolouration from the teeth. This can result in a natural whitening method, rather than using chemical bleaching products/abrasion. However, when using a whitening toothpaste, it is recommended to also use a whitening toothbrush for added results.

Price:

A manual whitening toothbrush will usually cost quite a bit less than a battery-operated one. As with all whitening products, the cost will vary on the brand and any special features with the product. Electric whitening toothbrushes can reach up to a whopping £100, whereas manual whitening toothbrushes often stay around the £5 mark.


Alternative Home remedies

If you are not too keen on the idea of using chemicals to whiten your teeth, do not fear; there are also more natural ways that you can whiten your teeth:

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste – Baking soda (or its official name: sodium bicarbonate) is a mild abrasive. It can gently scrub away surface stains from the teeth, giving that natural shine. The lemon juice can be swapped out for water, depending on your personal preference, but is good because it creates a nice paste with the baking soda and acts as a natural bleach. However, if you are worried about the acidity, don’t fear! The baking soda that you mix in with it will help balance out the acidity.

  • You Will Need:
    • Baking Soda – 5 teaspoons
    • Lemon Juice or Water – Enough To Form a Paste

Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda Scrub – Due to the fact that strawberries are full of vitamin C, they can help to break-down plaque that is building up on your teeth, causing them to look yellow. The strawberries also include an enzyme (malic acid), that helps to remove surface stains. The salt in this scrub act as the abrasive, which will physically scrub away at the enamel, helping even more to get rid of all that stain-causing rubbish. The baking soda is actually just an extra touch, and can be left out if preferred, but may help the salt with the abrasion.

  • You Will Need:
    • Large Strawberries – 1-3
    • Salt – A Pinch
    • Baking Soda – ½ Teaspoon

Coconut Oil Rinse – By rinsing your mouth out with coconut oil (also known as: ‘oil pulling’), the lauric acid in the oil can rid your teeth of bacteria that are found in plaque to help with the yellow colour. While it technically doesn’t bleach the teeth, it does help get rid of the natural cause of yellow discolouration. Not only this, but it also helps to promote gum health, and give you lovely,  fresh breath.

  • You Will Need:
    • Coconut Oil – 1-2 Tablespoons

Conclusion:

When it comes to whitening your teeth, there are many options of whitening toothpastes out there, and not all of them may be for you. However, because of how popular the teeth whitening market has become, the producers of this toothpaste have started branching out to suit everyone’s needs. If you suffer from cavities, there is a whitening toothpaste for you. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, there is a whitening toothpaste for you you. The list goes on. The main thing is, whether you want to spend £10 or £100, there is a product out there in the teeth whitening industry that will suit your needs. And, if after all that, you want a natural alternative, there is a world of recipes out there for you too!

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