If you’ve visited the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store lately, you’ve probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. Over-the-counter whitening products can give you good results. But professional-grade whitening by the Center for Dental Anesthesia goes far beyond any commercial product.
These products include:
Whitening rinses kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque, the way mouthwash does. Whitening rinses, however, contain whitening ingredients mouthwashes lack. Users are supposed to take a mouthful and slosh it around on the teeth. Many people don’t notice a lightening of their teeth, probably because the rinse does not touch them long enough to truly whiten them.
The whitening strips you can buy in grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. They contain a bleaching agent, but it’s much less potent than what is used in dental offices.
Another issue is that they don’t 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 real results. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen a professional system.
Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with whitening gels is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is likely to slide off.
If you are serious about whitening your teeth, the most effective way is to have it done professionally. The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria provides teeth whitening, along with other cosmetic dentistry like porcelain veneers and dental implants. We also have several sedation dentistry options. Call for an appointment today.
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