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 whitening is a professional tooth whitening performed at your dentist’s office. Your dentist uses a high concentration bleaching gel to whiten your teeth during an hour-long session. Custom whitening trays are another great option to brighten your smile. Your dentist designs these trays from moldings of your teeth. You use custom whitening trays to brighten your smile at the convenience of your home. While custom whitening trays take longer to work, the results are nearly comparable to in-office whitening. Let’s take a closer look at how custom whitening trays brighten your pearly whites:
Making custom trays
Custom whitening trays are specifically designed to fit your teeth. This explains why whitening trays are more effective at whitening your teeth as compared to over-the-counter alternatives. Dentists make these trays using impressions of your teeth. The lab blocks out space to accommodate bleaching gel onto teeth surfaces planned for bleaching. Custom bleaching trays fit comfortably in your mouth and they deliver the right amount of bleaching gel to teeth surfaces.
All teeth whitening treatments use some type of bleaching gel to break down teeth stains and remove yellowness. You need to use the right type of bleaching gel with your custom whitening trays. Avoid using an unreliable beaching gel simply because it has a high concentration of bleach. Unregulated whitening gel material could damage your gum tissue or cause extreme tooth sensitivity. Be sure to purchase bleaching gel refills from reputable teeth whitening companies. Here’s a list of some of the most effective teeth whitening gel manufacturers who offer whitening gel refills:
How do you use your custom whitening trays?
Begin by carefully applying the bleaching gel into your trays. Place the gel evenly and apply it onto the front-facing surfaces of teeth. Avoid placing the whitening gel on the inside surfaces or on your back molar teeth. Ask your dentist for assistance if you’re confused about where to place the whitening gel. Once you’ve applied the gel, carefully insert the trays into your mouth. Allow the trays to sit in your mouth as per the bleach manufacturer’s instructions. You may have to wear them for as little as 30 minutes or it may require overnight wear. Slowly remove the trays from your mouth when you’re done. Avoid swallowing the excess gel and rinse it out thoroughly. Brush your teeth afterward (without toothpaste) and clean your custom trays thoroughly. Store your custom trays and bleaching gel in a safe area for future use.
Important instructions on using custom whitening trays
Using custom whitening trays can be an effective and safe way of whitening your smile. Here’s a list of things to watch out for when using your new custom whitening trays for the first time:
Minimize saliva contamination
Insert your custom trays carefully to minimize saliva contamination. Mixing saliva with the bleaching gel dilutes the gel which makes it less effective. One way to reduce saliva contamination is to eat something prior to using your whitening trays. Without your mouth salivating as much, you usually get better results.
Don’t waste your bleaching gel!
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 concentrated. Be sure to avoid getting bleaching gel onto your gum tissue to avoid damaging your gums. If the bleaching gel sips out, carefully remove this excess gel. Finally, avoid applying bleaching gel where it’s unnecessary. This includes your back molar teeth and the inside surfaces of your front teeth. Only apply bleaching gel where it needs to be placed, which is on the front-facing surfaces of your front teeth.
Custom whitening trays need time to work. They have to stay in your mouth until they finish doing their job. You’re usually looking at anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight wear. Plus, you may have to use your custom whitening trays for several days in a row before you see noticeable results. The longer you leave your trays in your mouth, the more effective the results. Follow the instructions that come with your whitening gel, be patient, and ask your doctor for assistance if you’re unsure about how long you need to wear your custom trays.
Stop treatment if it hurts
It’s normal to feel a little sensitivity during teeth bleaching process. However, if you start to feel extreme sensitivity, or actual pain, then stop the whitening treatment right away. Remove your trays, rinse out your mouth, and thoroughly brush your teeth. Consider switching the whitening gel brand to a weaker concentration or different brand. If you already have sensitive teeth, it’s a good idea to use anti-sensitivity toothpaste beforehand. Tooth sensitivity toothpastes, like Sensodyne, help buildup tooth resistance to ease sensitivity during the whitening treatment.
Benefits of using custom whitening trays
Whitening trays are among the most effective ways to brighten your smile. Here are some of the main benefits of using custom trays to brighten your grin:
- Custom whitening trays whiten your teeth by several shades. Your trays will uniformly administer whitening gel to teeth surfaces to yield great results.
- You can use your trays from the convenience of your own home. This means you could be brightening your smile while watching TV, cooking, or sleeping!
- Custom whitening trays fit snugly onto your teeth and they are super comfortable to wear.
- You can reuse whitening trays as many times as you’d like to maintain your whiter smile over time.
Despite what people think, 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, you can reuse them as many times as you’d like after that. This means that you can maintain your whiter smile at a fraction of what other whitening treatment options cost. In the long-run, using whitening trays is more cost-effective than going to your dentist for professional whitening, or continuously buying whitening strips. To learn more about custom whitening trays, visit your local dentist today. You may also be able to purchase a set of custom whitening tray online from your local dentists on their Even28 Online Store.