If you have visited the toothpaste aisle at your Austin grocery store, you have probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. How do they stack up against professional teeth whitening, like that available at The Hills Dental Spa in Austin?
A few years ago, the only over-the-counter tooth whitening options were whitening toothpastes and Crest Whitestrips. Now there is a wide variety of products.
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. To use, swoosh a mouthful around in your mouth once a day. Though this method is uncomplicated, 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 grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in dental offices. Another issue 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 dental practice.
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 more likely to slide off.
If you are serious about teeth whitening, the most effective system is at The Hills Dental Spa in Austin. Call to schedule an appointment today.
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