If you avoid smiling because your teeth aren’t as white as they could be, you do have safe and simple options to improve your smile alongside brushing and flossing. Brightening your smile is as easy as visiting our office for a teeth whitening treatment or purchasing one of the many at-home options available. Using a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash, trying whitening pens, strips, or trays are all good ways to supplement your normal oral hygiene habits.
One option is a bleaching procedure that uses custom teeth whitening trays to put that healthy look back into your mouth without the expense of costly, generic cosmetic treatment. Here’s what you need to know about whitening your teeth with custom trays that are made just for you. Many over-the-counter products are available for whitening teeth without dentist supervision. However, for the most effective and safest whitening treatment, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends using custom-fitted mouth trays made by your dentist. Tooth-whitening gel can leak out with over-the-counter trays, causing irritation to your gums as well as not whitening as efficiently as custom trays. With trays that specifically fit your mouth and bite, you can avoid these problems.
Before starting the whitening process, we recommend a cleaning and also the treatment of any existing dental problems like decay or gum disease. The next step is making your custom trays. After taking an impression of your teeth, our office will use the molds to make the trays. We instruct our patients to place a small amount of the bleaching solution into the clear trays and wear the trays for up to four hours a day for one to two weeks.
Patients are often amazed at how much whitening takes place during this time, and an occasional treatment now and then is all you’ll need to keep your teeth looking their best.
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