It’s kind of fun to feel like we’re part of something exclusive. From insider programs at your favorite stores to country club memberships, some people like feeling like they’re part of something that not everybody else knows about. But when it comes to oral health, is it better to be an insider? Are trendy (read: expensive) new products like toothpastes and whitening lights worth the splurge?
With the advent of designer toothpastes debuting at department stores and beauty retailers, many people are shelling out anywhere from $11 to $50 for toothpastes which promise to whiten teeth and freshen breath better than the old standbys. But are they proven? In many cases, no. In fact, in many cases, these pastes are not even approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
But that doesn’t mean they’re all bad, either. After all, brushing your teeth with something is better than nothing at all, however, regular brands do offer benefits like fluoride and proven results.
As for whitening lights, they may seem like a fun idea, but they simply don’t compare to in-office whitening. While you can get multiple whitening treatments from a personal light for around the same cost as just one professional whitening, professional whitenings can lighten more shades in one sitting than multiple treatments of those at-home kits, making professional treatments a better overall value. Plus, professional treatments are administered by trained dental professionals, so your teeth and gums are kept safe during treatment. With at-home kits, there is always a chance for error and dangerous injuries.
So, should you make the switch? Ultimately, the choice is up to you. That being said, there are many toothpastes that work well for under $5 dollars, and they contain plenty of the ingredients you need to keep your teeth healthy and strong, including fluoride. They also have whitening agents and can remove surface stains, too.
So the next time you are tempted to splurge on expensive dental products, do yourself a favor and check the label first. If the toothpaste offers the protection you need, go for it. Otherwise, stick with the old standbys and know your teeth are being protected as you brush!