Everyone wants a white smile. That beautiful, white smile can be a huge confidence boost and may be the first thing others notice about you. It is simply more attractive, as opposed to an aging, yellowing smile.

Because of the focus and emphasis on having a perfectly white smile, there are several whitening products and toothpastes available for purchase. One of these is Colgate Optic White, which is one of the most popular toothpastes available. It can be used every time you brush and isn’t quite as abrasive as some other whitening products. In addition, it is a toothpaste, so you get all of the positives that come with a good toothpaste such as cavity and plaque prevention.

Does Optic White Really Work?

Colgate Optic White does work, due in large part that to the fact that this toothpaste includes more of the actual whitening ingredients than alternatives. With this product, you can see whiter teeth in as few as 3 days, with most users seeing a difference in one week’s time.

How does it work?

Colgate Optic White toothpaste uses hydrogen peroxide for its whitening properties. This is the same ingredient used in whitening kits you can purchase at the drugstore, such as whitening strips.

What are the ingredients?

The ingredients in Colgate Optic White include the following:

  • Sodium Monofluorophosphate
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate
  • PEG/PPG-116/66 Copolymer
  • PVP
  • PEG-12
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Glycerin Flavor
  • Silica
Sodium Saccharin, BHT, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Disodium Pyrophosphate

The two active ingredients are hydrogen peroxide and sodium monofluorophosphate.

Why does it work?

Colgate Optic White toothpaste uses hydrogen peroxide to lift away stains. It also has properties that help to protect and strengthen existing enamel. That is because it has all the same properties you would find in traditional toothpaste, but includes the whitening agent as well.

Whitening results do vary by individual, however. Whitening toothpastes are not intended to give you bright white results unless you already have pretty white teeth. They are more so intended to remove surface stains, while also doubling as a cleaning agent. Colgate Optic White also will not whiten any teeth that are not natural. For example, it will not lighten the color of fillings, bridges, or other dental work. So, it is safe to use, but it will not whiten anything artificial. 

Is Colgate Optic White Safe to Use?

Yes, this toothpaste is safe to use every day. If used properly, it should not cause you any increased sensitivity. It is safe to use on all types of dental work, as well. This includes braces. With that said, it will only whiten natural teeth.

According to the ADA, hydrogen peroxide is safe to use on your teeth as long as you do so properly. You want to make sure you follow the guidelines for use on the toothpaste packaging. There are side effects that come along with the use of hydrogen peroxide, but most of them are very minor and do not last long. The most common of these is sensitivity, which you should not experience with Colgate Optic White toothpaste. You are likely to get that sensitivity with whitening strips, however.

In addition, whitening toothpaste, such as Colgate Optic White will also help to prevent cavities and plaque buildup, which you will not get with whitening strips.

Does it damage the teeth?

If used as directed, Colgate Optic White toothpaste should not damage your teeth. First, it contains both sodium saccharin and sucralose to achieve a tasty flavor. This means sugar is not used in the toothpaste, which is in accordance with the criteria set by the ADA.

In addition, several whitening toothpastes will have higher Relative Dentin Abrasivity when compared to regular toothpastes. The ADA’s recommendation is that this number should not be higher than 250. While Colgate Optic White has a score of 100, which is higher than products that are not intended for whitening, this number is still well within the range that is acceptable by the ADA.

What if you have sensitive gums?

If you already have sensitive gums, Colgate Optic White toothpaste should not cause you to have any increase in that sensitivity. That is because it does not contain bleaching agents, which you would normally find in whitening strips. Instead, whitening toothpastes usually remove stains by scrubbing away at them. Therefore, they are less likely to burn your gums or irritate them.

The best new about sensitive gums is that they typically resolve in just a couple of days, provided you stop the treatment that caused you the discomfort. For example, if using whitening strips that cause irritation, you can simply stop using the product and rinse your mouth with a salt water rinse. In a couple of days, your mouth should be back to normal. However, you really should not experience much gum or tooth sensitivity with Colgate Optic White toothpaste.

Author: Peter Mayhew

Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.