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Whitening Toothpastes vs. Professional Whitening

THERE ARE A LOT OF WHITENING TOOTHPASTES available, so why bother with professional teeth whitening? Let’s start with a couple of definitions.

Whitening vs. Bleaching

There’s a difference between tooth “whitening” and tooth “bleaching”.

Whitening can remove surface stains including those caused by coffee, smoking, or certain types of food. The ADA’s Seal Of Acceptance for most whitening toothpastes states “The product is effective in helping to…whiten teeth by removing surface stains.”

Bleaching can whiten your teeth beyond their natural color. Think of it this way… If your hair is covered in mud you can clean it with shampoo. But, if you want to actually lighten your hair you’re going to need a bleaching agent. Professional bleaching does more than remove stains—it truly makes teeth whiter.

Be Careful With Whitening Toothpastes

A lot of whitening toothpastes contain abrasives (meant to scrub stains) that can irritate gums and wear down tooth enamel. Some should NOT be used more than once a day. Make sure to read labels. For a truly whiter smile, your best bet is professional bleaching.

We Offer Great Options For Professional Whitening

Dr. Oehler recommends custom whitening trays as the safest and most effective way to whiten teeth. They are clear, soft trays designed to fit your teeth and they can be used over and over again.

You simply add a small amount of flavored whitening gel and then wear them for 30 minutes to 1 hour at your convenience. You will be amazed at how quickly you can have that bright white smile you have always wanted!


Please contact us with any questions you may have or to set up a smile whitening appointment. Feel free to call us or message us on Facebook.

We’re excited to help beautify your smile!


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