If you color your hair blonde, you may be familiar with the use of purple shampoo to help keep the color from turning too yellow. On the color wheel, purple is located in the exact opposite position as yellow is. So, when the purple shampoo is applied, it helps neutralize the yellow, orange colors that can make blonde hair seem brassy or too yellow.
This same idea has now been applied to teeth. Purple toothpaste products are popping up in stores and online that claim to help eliminate the yellow tone in teeth and move them in a whiter direction.
Most teeth whitening products on the market today use peroxide to whiten teeth. These purple kinds of toothpaste are peroxide free which makes them sensitivity free according to the brands. They use color theory to help give consumers a whiter smile, and Xylitol, a natural substance used in some organic toothpaste that helps reduce plaque.
So, the obvious question is, does it work?
To begin with, those that have tried it say to wear a bib or an undershirt only when brushing as its color does get everywhere if you are a bit of a messy brusher, especially white shirts. Most reviewers say that after about two weeks, they notice a marked difference in whiteness. As always, it’s best to consult your dentist before trying new products just to be safe.
The best way to keep teeth looking white and beautiful is by coming in twice a year for professional cleanings and exams. This allows the plaque and hard to reach spots to be cleaned thoroughly before stains become deeply embedded in the teeth. Keeping up with these cleanings allows for whitening treatments to work even more effectively because there are less deep-seated stains and usually only surface discoloration.
One of the most effective ways to achieve whiter teeth in a short amount of time is with an in-office whitening treatment or through professional take-home whitening trays and gel. If you have any questions or are interested in professional whitening, call our office today at 509-532-1111.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788