What are custom whitening trays?
As you probably know, there are countless ways to whiten your teeth nowadays. Of course, the most effective whitening treatments are always delivered by your dentist. Dentists offer two different teeth whitening methods:
- In-office chairside whitening
- Custom whitening trays
In-office chairside whitening is professional tooth whitening performed right at your dentist’s office. Your dentist will use a very high concentration of bleaching gel to whiten your teeth by multiple shades during an hour long session. Custom whitening trays is the other option offered by your dentist to brighten your smile. Your dentist designs custom whitening trays from moldings of your teeth. You can use custom whitening trays at home to bleach your teeth. Custom whitening trays take a bit longer to work, but the results are nearly as effective as in-office chairside teeth whitening. Let’s take a closer look at how custom whitening trays work:
The reason we call these “custom” whitening trays is because the trays are specifically designed to fit to your teeth. Custom whitening trays are designed from impressions of your teeth to precisely fit to your mouth. The lab blocks out enough space to accommodate the right amount of bleaching gel onto teeth surfaces scheduled for bleaching. Consequently, custom bleaching trays fit comfortably in your mouth and deliver the right amount of bleaching gel to your teeth surfaces. This explains why whitening trays are so effective at brightening your smile as compared to over-the-counter alternative treatments.
All teeth whitening treatments work by using some type of bleaching gel to break down teeth stains and remove the yellowness from your teeth. Obviously, wearing whitening trays by themselves won’t whiten your teeth! You need to use the right type of bleaching gel to go along with your teeth custom whitening trays. Avoid using a random beaching gel just because it has a higher concentration of bleaching. Unregulated whitening gel refills could damage your gum tissue or cause extreme tooth sensitivity, which could end up be permanent. Therefore, be sure to purchase your bleaching gel refills from reputable whitening companies. There are plenty of options. Here’s a list of some of the most popular and effective teeth whitening gel manufacturers who offer custom tray whitening gel refills at affordable prices:
How do you use your custom whitening trays?
Using your custom whitening trays is actually simpler than you might think. Begin by carefully applying the bleaching gel into your trays. Place the gel evenly only onto the front facing surfaces of teeth scheduled for whitening. Avoid placing the whitening gel on the inside surfaces of your teeth or your back molar teeth which are not scheduled for whitening. Ask your dentist for assistance if you’re confused about this part. Once you’ve applied the gel, carefully insert the trays into your mouth. Allow the trays to sit in your mouth as per the bleaching gel manufacturer’s instructions. This could be as little as 30 minutes or as long as overnight wear. Once complete, slowly remove the trays from your mouth. Do not swallow the gel and rinse it out thoroughly as soon as you’re done. Brush your teeth afterwards (don’t use toothpaste) and clean your custom trays. Stash away your trays and bleaching gel in a safe area for future use.
Important instructions on using custom whitening tray:
Custom whitening trays are effective and safe. Of course, it could be a bit challenging using your custom trays if this is your first time. Here’s a list of things to watch out for when using your new custom whitening trays:
Avoid saliva contamination
Be sure to insert the trays carefully into your mouth to minimize saliva contamination. Mixing saliva with bleaching gel will dilutes the gel making it less effective. The best way to reduce saliva contamination is to eat something prior to using your whitening trays. This way, your mouth won’t salivate as much and you get better end results.
Apply bleaching gel carefully
It’s very important that you apply the bleaching gel evenly to cover the correct teeth surfaces. Otherwise, you could end up with white spots where the bleaching gel was more heavily concentrated. Also, be sure to avoid getting bleaching gel onto your gum tissue. If the bleaching gel sips out, carefully remove this excess gel to avoid damaging your gums. Finally, avoid placing bleaching gel where it’s not necessary. This includes your back molar teeth and the inside surfaces of your front teeth. Whitening gel only needs to be placed on the front facing surfaces of your front upper and lower teeth. Don’t waste your precious bleaching gel by placing it in unnecessary regions!
Custom whitening trays need to stay in your mouth until they finish doing their job. Depending on your bleaching gel, you’re looking at anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight wear. Plus, you may have to use your custom whitening trays for several days before you see noticeable results. The longer you leave your trays in your mouth, the more effective your bleaching results. Follow the instructions that come with your whitening gel and be patient.
Stop whitening if it hurts
It’s normal to feel a little bit of sensitivity during tooth bleaching process. However, if you start to feel extreme sensitivity or actual pain, then you must stop the whitening treatment right away. Remove your trays, rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth. Consider switching the whitening gel brand to a weaker concentration if you continue experiencing difficulties. If you already have sensitive teeth, it’s not a bad idea to use sensitivity toothpaste before whitening your teeth. Sensitivity toothpastes, such as Sensodyne, can buildup tooth resistance to bleaching gel to ease the at home whitening process.
Benefits of using custom whitening trays:
Whitening trays are one the most effective ways to brighten your smile and here’s why:
- Custom whitening trays can whiten your teeth by several shades. Because they are custom made, your trays will uniformly administer whitening gel to your teeth surfaces for best results.
- You can use your trays from the convenience of your own home. This means you can brighten your smile while watching TV, cooking or even sleeping (for nighttime bleaching gels only).
- Custom whitening trays fit very snug onto your teeth and are comfortable to wear.
- You can reuse whitening trays as many times as you’d like to maintain a whiter smile over time.
Probably the biggest appeal of custom whitening trays is that they are reusable. I hate to burst your bubble, but whitening treatment results are NOT permanent! The more tea, coffee, cigarette, berries, wine, etc. you consume, the sooner your teeth will turn yellow again. While custom whitening trays have a slightly higher initial cost to make, you can reuse them as many times as you’d like after that. This means that you can maintain your whiter smile over time at a fraction of what other whitening treatment options would cost. In the long-run, using whitening trays is much more cost effective than going to your dentist for professional whitening or continuously buying whitening strips. To learn more about custom whitening trays and how they work, visit your local dentist today. You can also purchase custom whitening tray directly from your dentist’s online store on their Even28 online store at steep discounts.