Teeth-whitening toothpastes ‘only achieve short-term results’

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The effects of toothpastes which claim to whiten teeth will only last a short time, claims the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

According to Tif Qureshi, public relations director for the organisation, whitening toothpastes do not contain the chemicals which actually make teeth whiter.

He explained that the toothpastes simply remove stains from teeth in order to make them appear white and the effect will not last.

"In fact, some whitening toothpastes can actually be quite abrasive and in the long run can actually make your teeth look darker, so you do need to be a little careful of what you use," he continued.

Mr Qureshi commented that although some whitening products available over the counter or off the internet do contain the same chemicals as cosmetic dental treatments, the application of them is unregulated and may therefore burn the individuals gums.

Only teeth-whitening treatments from a dentist are custom-made to fit and are regulated, he added.

The Irish Independent recently warned that teeth-whitening procedures are not for everyone as those with veneers, caps, crowns or fillings may achieve an uneven result.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18390808-ADNFCR

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