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Are your teeth stained or discolored? Do you ever feel embarrassed, or even ashamed, to show off your smile? Teeth whitening may be the solution! Some great ways to whiten your teeth include coming to Barras Family Dentistry for an in-office treatment or for a take-home whitening kit. We suggest that you always check with Dr. Brock Barras before whitening your teeth. Also, be sure to avoid the following common teeth whitening mistakes:

Overusing Teeth Whitening Strips
Whitening strips are a popular way to whiten the teeth at home. Take care not to overuse whitening strips. Do not keep them on your teeth for longer than instructed and do not use them more often than recommended. Doing those things will not actually make your teeth whiter but can cause tooth sensitivity instead.

Whitening With Food-Based Acids
Some people try to whiten their teeth using things like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. The problem with using apple cider vinegar or citrus juice to whiten the teeth is that they are acidic. Acidic foods can damage the enamel, which can cause tooth decay.

Using a Whitening Tray That Doesn’t Fit Well
One-size-fits all whitening trays are often included with over-the-counter whitening kits. These trays can leak whitening gel if they do not fit correctly. This can irritate your gums and mar the whitening results that you were hoping for. Our dentist recommends that you receive a custom-made whitening tray from our office if you would like to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home.

We invite you to contact our office at 337-235-3395 today to learn more about teeth whitening in Lafayette, Louisiana, and to set up a consultation.