Dentist Questions Dental whitening toothpastes

What is the best whitening toothpaste?

I'm currently using Colgate to brush my teeth, but I feel like it's not really whitening them as much as I'd like. Are there any whitening toothpastes that'll work better?

13 Answers

All the same, try charcoal tooth paste
As soon as I find one I'll let you know. I am currently trying a toothpaste with activated charcoal. The jury is still out. Regular dental cleanings with the hygienist using a prophy jet helps. A gradual bleaching treatment with custom trays that fit your mouth works. Whatever you do, always use a soft or extra soft toothbrush. Anything harder will actually thin out your enamel, allowing your dentine to shine through and making your teeth more yellow! Let's face it, what we put in our mouth matters. If your favorite beverages are coffee and red wine (like me) or tea, it's going to stain your teeth. And smoking is a definite non starter.....
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Try whitening strips or in office bleaching for best results
No whitening toothpaste will whiten the teeth.
Rembrandt toothpaste is my favorite. It's called Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Toothpaste, which features a rapid-release whitening ingredient, plus sodium fluoride to keep enamel strong. I believe it cleans by enzymes, not abrasives, so it's much kinder on the teeth!
Colgate Optic White is good. Crest professional style whitening strips work well, too.
Most toothpastes don't whiten your teeth as much as the take-home whitening kits do (like Ultradent Opalescense On the Go kits for less than $100) or even Crest white strips, even less expensive. The toothpastes have ingredients that help prevent stain formation. Also, try to reduce your intake of foods and beverages like red wine, coffee, etc.
Whitening toothpastes only go so far. The best whitening is Kor. Everything else is not as effective.

Dr. Anthony B. Gonzalez, DDS, PLLC
Whitening toothpastes are a waste of money. The degree of whitening is proportional to the concentration and contact time of the active ingredient. When I make professional bleach trays, patients typically wear the trays for 40 hours or more. Do you know how long the toothpaste is in your mouth before you spit it out? Even if it is one minute, do you realize that there are 2,400 minutes in 40 hours, so you would need to use the toothpaste for about six years to get decent results! That is BS. Stop wasting your money. Get professional whitening at the dentist for about $600 or try the whitening strips which are cheaper, but not as good because saliva reduces the concentration of the bleaching agent.
Almost all over-the-counter toothpastes that say whitening will work the same. If you are looking for whiter, you should consider kits, or an in-office treatment.

Here’s the irony: whitening toothpastes do a so-so job of whitening. They are much better at maintaining white teeth once they have been professionally whitened. There is no whitening toothpaste that works “best” for everyone. They will all do the same job. If you find your teeth are not as white you want, consider professional whitening. Here is some info:

Keep smiling,

David M. Kaffey, DDS
Not really. Toothpastes that claim to whiten pretty much just whiten your teeth until you rinse. If you want to see a dramatic difference, try flossing a couple of times a day for a week, and see the difference!
Basically, no toothpastes actually lighten the color of teeth. Toothpaste can remove surface stain from teeth, as can a visit to your dentist. Custom fitted trays to hold a dental lightening solution on the teeth is the most effective way to lighten teeth. Avoid coarse, abrasive toothpastes. They can thin the enamel. That allows the darker internal dentin to show.