Colgate Optic White Renewal Vs Pro Series Toothpaste Comparison

Written & Reviewed by Dr David Chen

We will be comparing the Colgate Optic White renewal vs pro series toothpaste. We’ll be talking about all of their similarities as well as the differences between them.

Both of these toothpastes are a part of Colgate’s optic white line of products which are focused on teeth whitening. Yes, they’re marketed towards those wanting whiter teeth.

Colgate Optic White Renewal Vs Pro Series Toothpaste
Colgate Optic White Renewal Vs Pro Series Toothpaste

We have done individual toothpaste reviews for both of them, the renewal and the pro series so we can certainly tell you what it’s like using them.

The burning question on your mind is probably which one is better at whitening?

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Comparison Table

Below is a summary overview in a table format comparing the optic white renewal toothpaste with the pro series toothpaste.

AttributesOptic White RenewalOptic White Pro Series
Whitening agent3% hydrogen peroxide5% hydrogen peroxide
Size3 oz (85g)3.0 oz (85g)
Cap designRed flip capRed flip cap
Toothpaste colorWhiteWhite
FluorideSodium monofluorophosphate 0.76%Sodium monofluorophosphate 0.76%
Similar ingredientsCalcium pyrophosphate, PVP, PEG/PPG-166/66 copolymer, Flavor, SLS, Silica, Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, Sodium saccharin, Disodium pyrophosphate, Sucralose, BHTCalcium pyrophosphate, PVP, PEG/PPG-166/66 copolymer, Flavor, SLS, Silica, Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, Sodium saccharin, Disodium pyrophosphate, Sucralose, BHT
Different ingredientsPropylene glycolPoloxamer 105
Teeth sensitivityNoneVery Mild
Optic White Advanced Vs Renewal Toothpaste


There are a lot of similarities between the optic white pro series and the renewal toothpaste.

  • Fluoride. Both toothpastes have fluoride and with the same concentration (0.76%).
  • Ingredients. The ingredients are mostly the same except for 2 exceptions. We have a comprehensive list of toothpaste ingredients for all of their effects if you want to know what they do.
  • Design. The packaging and design are near identical, both with bold red and white coloring.
  • Cap. They use a flip cap.
  • Size. Identical size and amount of toothpaste
  • Enamel safe. Both of them are enamel safe so they will not damage your teeth while you bleach them.

Overall, they are very similar at least in my opinion, so similar that you may have a hard time telling them apart. Then again they are both from Colgate so it is to be expected that they would have similar designs and ingredients.


Below are the differences between the optic white renewal and pro series toothpaste.

  • Peroxide concentration. The pro series has the higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide (5% vs 3%).
  • Price. The advanced is less expensive, cost a few dollars less.
  • Two different ingredients. The two differing ingredients are propylene glycol (renewal) and poloxamer 105 (pro series).
  • Toothpaste texture. The pro series toothpaste has a much grittier and abrasive texture. You’ll notice it right away when you brush with it.

Yes, there are differences between these two dentifrices but it’s not by a lot. The differences are much more nuanced aside from the peroxide concentration.

Which one is the better whitening toothpaste?

The colgate optic white pro series is the more effective whitening toothpaste when compared to the optic white renewal. The reasons are that it has a higher peroxide concentration (5% vs 3%) and it is more abrasive.

Colgate Optic White Renewal Vs Pro Series Toothpaste - flip cap design
Flip cap design

Reasons it is a better whitening toothpaste:

  • Higher peroxide content. Whitening product potency is typically determined by the peroxide concentration. The higher the concentration of H2O2 the more effective it’ll be at bleaching out teeth stains. 5% vs 3% is a no brainer in which is more potent.
  • More abrasive. The grittier the toothpaste, the more effective it’ll be at mechanically abrading away extrinsic stains. This type of whitening will not remove the intrinsic stains but it can at least scrub away the extrinsic surface stains.

With that being said, both of these optic white products do work in whitening your teeth since they both contain peroxide.

  • That means they will possess the ability to oxidize discolorations from your teeth.
  • Most whitening toothpastes do not have peroxide so they don’t bleach your teeth.

In summary, if you were to choose the best toothpaste for whitening your teeth, the optic white pro series would be the winner. As a matter of fact, it is actually the best whitening toothpaste in the entire market as of the moment.

There is no toothpaste out there with a higher peroxide concentration than the pro series.

Usage precaution

Yes, the pro series is the more potent whitening dentifrice and that does come with some downsides such as mild sensitivity and potential white gums.

  • Mild sensitivity. Since it is of a fairly high whitening concentration you may experience some mild teeth sensitivity. When I brush with it, I do occasionally feel an ever so slight tingle in the teeth and gums. Everyone has different levels of tolerance so be cautious.
  • White gums. Sometimes when I brush with the pro series toothpaste, I will notice 1-2 areas of my gums that have been bleached white. Yes, I would literally have white gums for about an hour or two. It isn’t permanent and will go away after an hour but nonetheless.

In regards to the white gums, it does go away on its own and it isn’t painful when it happens so I don’t think it’s a cause for concern.

whitened gums from optic white pro series

However, that does bring up two important points:

  • This toothpaste can really whiten. The fact that it can bleach your gums white means that it DOES work in making your teeth whiter. Never have I had another whitening toothpaste do this.
  • It may not be suitable for daily use. Since it is so potent it makes me cautious in selecting it as a daily toothpaste for twice a day 365 days a year.

Overall, it just gives me the feeling that I still need an everyday toothpaste to use. For that I personally believe that the optic white advanced toothpaste with 2% peroxide would be the better choice as an all year round toothpaste.

Video comparison

Comparison video


The optic white pro series toothpaste by Colgate is the more effective whitening toothpaste when compared to the renewal. In terms of whitening prowess, it is the undisputed king in not only whitening toothpastes by Colgate but also with every brand in the world.

There is no other toothpaste on the market that has a higher peroxide concentration than the pro series. We’ve done comparisons between all of these toothpastes (advanced vs renewal) and (pro series vs advanced).

If you want whiter teeth and are looking for the best whitening toothpaste for the job, you may as well end your search now… because you’ve literally just found it.


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