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Teeth whitening can be a costly, invasive investment that frequently does not pay off. Trays are invasive, expensive and time consuming. Whitening strips are difficult to apply. The myriad of foams, powders and gels available make it difficult to decide which product is best for whitening teeth.
One of the easiest ways to achieve some modest teeth whitening is through a toothpaste. There are many whitening toothpastes available out there on the market to choose from. I took a look at Colgate’s whitening toothpaste to see how it measures up to other whitening pastes and whitening methods.
Teeth Stains 101
There are two primary kinds of tooth stains: extrinsic and intrinsic.
- Extrinsic: These are stains that occur on the enamel or outermost layer of the teeth. This is by far the most common cause of tooth discoloration, and this is the one treated by Nite White. Some of the causes of extrinsic stains include the following:
- Coffee and other acidic beverages
- Built up plaque
- Various medications.
- Intrinsic: Intrinsic stains are deeper down, actually penetrating down into the dentin. These are typically caused by nerve damage or other more severe dental problems like cavities. If you have stains that won’t go away no matter what, these you either already know about or should see a dentist about. They won’t be helped by Nite Brite or any other over the counter treatment.
It’s helpful to know about why teeth discoloration occurs in the first place and how it’s treated before looking at Nite White. Also, it’s worth noting the different types of whitening options out there before deciding if Nite White is the one for you.
Whitening vs. Normal Toothpastes
What exactly is the difference between whitening toothpastes and your run-of-the-mill ones? It really boils down to two things: abrasives and special ingredients. Here is what Optic White has in it of each ingredient.
- Abrasives: In order to get stains off of the enamel of teeth, whiteners and pastes need to use abrasive action to scrub the teeth. Optic white contains silica which is a smooth, gentle abrasive.
- Special Ingredients: Some whitening pastes contain specific chemicals which help whiten or create the image of whiteness. Colgate’s toothpaste contains the common disinfectant hydrogen peroxide. It actually can help to bleach teeth and whiten them.
It’s important to know the difference between a normal and a whitening paste. As you can see, using a whitening toothpaste does make a difference. The combination of additional abrasives and chemicals work to help lift some stains from tooth enamel.
So, what’s Colgate Optic white like and how does it measure up against other whitening toothpastes?
Out of the box, Optic White comes in a standard tube with a nice, ergonomic cap. It’s a thick, plastic flip top. It’s really secure and well built. A lot of tops like these tend to be flimsy but this one is sturdy and easy to clean to boot. Tubes with flimsy or poorly designed caps is an odd pet peeve of mine
The toothpaste itself is, just as the same suggests, purely white. While brushing it’s really smooth. One of my favorite things about this toothpaste is the texture. Most whitening toothpastes feel gritty or coarse. Optic White is totally smooth and easy on the teeth.
As far as taste goes, the toothpaste is a simple yet strong mint flavor. It’s refreshing but it’s almost too strong. More on that later.
In regards to the whitening effect, I noticed a mild improvement in my tooth shade about a month after use. It wasn’t enough to turn heads and create reactions, but it made me feel better about the color of my teeth.
Compared to other whitening pastes, I really enjoyed this one’s strong flavor and smooth texture. It’s nice to not feel like you’re brushing your teeth with fine grain sandpaper.
My main grievance with this toothpaste is the strength of its flavor. It’s very, very strong. It feels like it’s almost burning my mouth.
This is not just a matter of personal preference either. Other users noted that, despite the efficacy of the paste and its other benefits, it’s definitely on the stronger side.
I will assume the burning sensation comes from the high amount of fluoride present in the toothpaste but this is not backed up by evidence or anything.
I do think, however, that the toothpaste is still useable. I don’t want this to put anyone off but it’s still worth mentioning. It can be a little uncomfortable, especially for some who want a gentler brushing experience.
Other than the harshness, the other issue I had with Optic White is that some users might overestimate the amount of whitening they will gain from the toothpaste. Again, this is an inherent issue with all whitening toothpastes as a whitening method rather than Optic White specifically.
I liked the moderate amount of whiteness I gained from optic white. Even though my teeth did not gleam with whiteness, they still made me feel better about their looks.
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste Review Wrap Up
Getting results from teeth whitening products does not have to be costly or invasive. It can be as easy as making a change in the toothpaste you brush with on a daily basis.
Optic White is an excellent, effective, mainstream whitening toothpaste. It’s got some great advantages over other whitening toothpastes.
It contains a high amount of fluoride and peroxide, both essential for tooth whitening. It’s abrasive is silica so it’s gentle on sensitive teeth yet strong enough to lift most surface stains. Also, Optic White comes packaged in an easy to use tube that’s sturdy and durable.
One thing that might put some users off from trying the paste is the harshness. It tends to leave somewhat of a burning sensation in the mouth so keep this mind before you give it a go.
Once more, true and noticeable teeth whitening is better achieved through more invasive and expensive methods.
Still, Optic White is a worthwhile and effective investment for those who want to have some improvement in the shade of their teeth.