Whether you’re headed back to school or back to the office after your summer vacation, fall seems to be the season for improvement. People may be looking for over the counter solutions for brighter, whiter teeth. While many teeth whitening toothpastes and strips are successful at brightening your smile, they may contain harsh chemicals and abrasive materials that can wear away at your enamel.

Enamel is an important structural substance that protects your teeth. Although one of the hardest substances in your body, is susceptible to harsh brushing and abrasive materials found in whitening toothpaste. You may not know that the natural colors of enamel range from light yellow to grayish white, the sort of colors you’re looking to eliminate. When enamel wears away, it does not grow back. Your whitening toothpaste could be working, but it could also be putting your teeth at greater risk when it is wearing away the natural defense against plaque, acids, and disease.

When choosing toothpaste, your primary concern should be to find a toothpaste that takes care of the health of your smile. Many new types of toothpaste on the market target enamel health and provide gentle whitening. Avoiding substances like coffee, wine, and tobacco can also help.

If you’re concerned with the color and brilliance of your smile, contact Dr. Grabiak for a consultation for teeth whitening services. Our office can provide professional solutions that are designed to protect the integrity of your teeth and your enamel. The safest way to whiten is professional care.