If you have visited the toothpaste aisle at your Lafayette Wal-Mart, you have probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. A few years ago, the only over-the-counter tooth whitening options in Lafayette were whitening toothpastes and Crest Whitestrips. Now there is a wide variety of products at every drugstore counter in the Lafayette area.
Lafayette teeth whitening rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque. Whitening rinses, however, contain tooth-whitening ingredients not found in mouthwashes. Manufacturers advise taking a mouthful of the rinse and letting it slosh around on your teeth for one minute twice a day. Though this method is simple, many users never notice a lightening of their teeth. This is probably because the rinse does not touch your teeth long enough to truly whiten them.
The whitening strips you can buy in Lafayette grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in Lafayette cosmetic dentistry offices. Another problem is that they do not whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. Though it is possible to remove stains, it can take months to see any whitening. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen the professional system at your Lafayette tooth whitening dental clinic.
Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with tooth whitening gels is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is more likely to slide off.
If you are serious about dramatically whitening your teeth, the safest, quickest, and most affordable system is at your Lafayette cosmetic dental office.
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry is located at 1140 West S. Boulder Rd, Suite 201 in Lafayette. Our phone number is 303-665-5335. You can find more information on our Lafayette dental website online at https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/.