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Whitening Toothpastes and Rinses—Can They Whiten Teeth?

There are many whitening toothpastes and rinses on the market that claim to whiten teeth. But are these claims true?

The answer is, "yes…and no."

Whitening gels contain peroxides that penetrate the tooth to whiten both intrinsic (inside) stains and extrinsic (outside) stains. Whitening toothpastes and rinses, on the other hand, primarily whiten extrinsic stains. Their main whitening ingredient is silica, which acts as a mild abrasive to remove any discoloration on the surface of the tooth.

While a professional whitening gel with peroxide will be necessary to whiten deep stains, whitening toothpastes and rinses can be a great option for someone with minimal surface stains, or for someone who wants to maintain their bright, white smile long after a whitening treatment.

The combination of a teeth whitening procedure and whitening toothpastes and rinses will leave you with a stunning, white smile that lasts!