We’re obsessed with white teeth, but we’re less obsessed with jumping through the necessary hoops to get them. That’s why despite the fact that dentists’ in-office professional whitening treatments are consistently more effective than over-the-counter whitening products, we still invest our hopes in gimmicks that promise easy whitening.

From drugstore strips that promise to dramatically brighten our smiles with just five minutes a day, to crazy DIY solutions that can do more harm than good, we’re suckers for a product that promises to make whitening a snap. Which is why we continue to fall for whitening gum and whitening toothpaste… even though they aren’t really doing our teeth any favors, either.

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Whitening Gum: A Lot of Chewing for Little Reward

Whitening gum might sound like a great deal — you probably already chew gum, so why not whiten your smile while you’re at it? But it’s important to read the fine print. Many of these gums only promise to show results if you chew as many as five pieces of gum a day, and for many months consistently.

That’s not to mention the fact that whitening gum’s active ingredients are often highly abrasive (that’s what wears down the stained surface of the tooth to whiten it.) Since your enamel is the last line of defense between your teeth and cavities, weakening it intentionally is never a good idea.

Whitening Toothpaste: Only Surface Level

Whitening toothpaste also sounds convenient, but just like the gum, its benefits are being highly exaggerated by advertisers. All that a whitening toothpaste can do is lighten surface stains, which means that you won’t end up with a bright, gleaming smile unless you naturally have very white teeth.

And of course, whitening toothpastes utilize some of the same abrasive ingredients that whitening gums do, meaning that they pose a similar threat to your enamel.

The Right Way to Whiten

If you’re truly invested in a bright white smile, your dentist is the only one who can give it to you. An experienced cosmetic dentist will be able to offer multiple options for lightening a smile that’s stained, discolored, and even naturally dark.

In-office and take-home whitening treatments can each whiten your teeth significantly when used individually, or in tandem with one another. Unlike the take-home treatments you can find at the drugstore, these are professional grade. If you’re suffering from some truly stubborn staining, deep bleach systems like Zoom! Teeth whitening can give you the results you’re looking for.

If you would like to learn whether teeth whitening in Wilmington, NC is right for you, please call (910) 392-6060 or email Kuzma Advanced Dentistry today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Kuzma.