Does Whitening Toothpaste Really Work?

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It is safe to say that virtually every person wants whiter teeth. Whenever you read a magazine, watch a movie or a commercial, chances are you will see white teeth.

White teeth have a psychological effect. Studies show that people who have a beautiful smile have a higher chance of getting a job in the entertainment business or in an area where you have to interact with the public, such as sales. Also, they feel more confident in interacting with people around them, and they feel a boost in their self-esteem. Not only do they look better, but they feel more content.

So, if you want to obtain these benefits (and many more), it’s time for you to look for teeth whitening in Yaletown Vancouver. The procedure is quick and pain-free, and you will feel ready to show your beautiful smile to the world.

What is Teeth Whitening?

If you are looking for teeth whitening near you, you should know what to expect. Our cosmetic dentist in Yaletown Vancouver will apply a bleaching agent (carbamide or hydrogen peroxide) to the front surface of your teeth with a pen or a brush and let it sit for about 25 minutes. Some dentists may use a special light to activate the product, although studies show that it doesn’t make a difference in the results. Once the peroxide has taken effect, the cosmetic dentist near you will wash it away and repeat the process for better results.

The procedure we described before is professional teeth whitening, but you may also opt for at-home systems. You may keep reading to find out more about them.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

We recommend doing it under the guidance of a dental professional. Your dentist will create a whitening tray for you to apply the product and wear it at home for about 30 minutes every day or every other day, depending on the case. This method takes longer to show results because the dose of the product is lower than the whitening kits used at the dental office.

If you made it this far, now you know about the two more recommended methods to whiten your teeth; however, you will find many over-the-counter products and whitening toothpastes out there. But do they work?

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste does make your teeth look whiter because it removes surface stains from your dentition; however, it won’t change the color of your teeth per se. These kinds of toothpastes contain a chemical called blue covarine that attaches to your teeth and makes them look whiter. They also have abrasive agents, like silica, that scrub the visible part of your teeth for a brighter appearance.

If you want to obtain these benefits, you have to use whitening toothpaste daily. We strongly suggest that you consult your cosmetic dentist before choosing one.

Maintenance of Teeth Whitening

Professional and at-home whitening may last from six months up to three years. Keep in mind that if you are a high-risk patient, for example, a heavy smoker, results will last less. The results of this procedure depend highly on your daily habits and decisions. Also, it is essential that you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, keep up with your dental checkups, and avoid acidic and sugary snacks, for better results.

Dentistry is not one-size-fits-all; therefore, what may work for some individuals is not necessarily the right choice for you. Feel free to visit our dental professionals for a free consultation visit to determine if you qualify for teeth whitening.

If you have any other questions, you may contact our dental clinic. Our team is looking forward to helping you improve your smile!

Dear Patients,

Your health is our highest priority. Our office has always followed strict infection control standards. We are also now following all BC provincial health orders to provide additional levels of protection to create the safest environment for you, other patients and our staff team to control community transmission. Our practice is committed to patient and staff safety. We follow the high standards set by BC public health officials and our regulatory body, and strictly adhere to proper safety procedures to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, in and out of the office including  physical distancing, enhanced use of PPE and hand hygiene, and screening our staff and patients for COVID-19 symptoms. We have new rules and protocols in place to keep patients, staff and dentists protected. Here is what you can expect when you come in for your appointment:


  • Pre-screening patients before they come into our office.
  • All staff patients are checked daily including the use of an infrared thermometer to take their temperatures.
  • Implementation of social distancing rules and limited people and staff allowed inside the office.
  • Patients could be asked to wait outside before their appointment time.
  • Wearing a masks is required before entering our office we will provide masks for all patients that do not have one before entering our office.
  • Staff are required to wash their hands between patients and areas of the office are sanitized frequently.
  • PLEXI-GLASS shields are utilized at the reception desk and iPads will be covered with a plastic screen and changed after each use.
  • Each operatory is closed off from the other to ensure adequate distancing while receiving treatment.
  • In-place aerosol reduction methods.
  • Staff are required to wear m95 masks.
  • We do not charge for additional PPE fees.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (604) 566-7666.