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Can Custom Teeth Whitening Trays Help Improve My Smile?

If you’re one of the many people who avoid smiling in public due to having stained or yellowing teeth, you’ll be glad to hear that there are safe and effective teeth whitening options out there to help you with your problem.

One common procedure done to help brighten your pearly whites is a bleaching procedure using custom teeth whitening trays. Like I mentioned earlier, this procedure is very effective and most importantly of all, it costs significantly less than alternative teeth whitening procedures.

Why Choose Custom Whitening Trays?

There are several over-the-counter treatments that can be used to whiten teeth, like whitening strips, and you can use them without consulting with your dentist. However, these types of teeth whitening treatments aren’t quite as effect or as safe as custom whitening trays.

One of the risks that comes along with over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are the leakage of bleach from the tray or strip. This can cause your gums to become irritated and sensitive. Another downside to over-the-counter whitening trays is that since they aren’t custom fit, they won’t have the ability to whiten your teeth as effectively as a custom fitted one would.

What Should I Expect?

If you choose to get custom whitening trays, your dentist will have to professionally clean and repair any existing dental problems you may have. Once finished, your dentist can proceed to creating your custom teeth whitening tray.

The entire process begins with your dentist taking an impression of your teeth, then using that mold to create the custom trays. This process typically only takes a few days, so after taking the impressions, your dentist will have to call you back for a second office visit.

After completing your custom whitening tray, your dentist will give you instructions regarding how to wear your trays, which mainly involves wearing your tray up to four hours a day for a week, or two at the most. You’ll only have to place a small amount of the bleaching solution into the clear trays for optimal results.

During the process, you should start to notice a difference as your teeth start to gradually whiten. After the short process is over you should be able to enjoy significantly brighter pearly whites than before. Although, if you want to maintain their appearance, you may want to get occasional treatments every now and again.

As far as side effects go, the only common issue that’s been reported is minor tooth sensitivity throughout the whitening process. However, the tooth sensitivity typically subsides a couple of days after the whitening process is completed. If sensitivity persists, patients are advised to visit their dentist to check for an underlying cause.

Keeping Pearly Whites Their Brightest

As many people know, the best way to maintain a bright, beautiful and healthy smile is to take proper care of it, which includes the following:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. If you want, you can ask your dentist to recommend a toothpaste with a whitening agent in it.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Avoid stain-causing food and beverages, such as coffee, beets, blueberries and so on.
  • Visit your dentist for checkups and professional cleaning.
  • Abstain from chewing and smoking tobacco.

If you’re feeling down about your stained or yellow teeth, it may be time for you to get in touch with your dentist to talk about custom teeth whitening trays to help you achieve the bright pearly whites you’ve been dreaming of.

If you’re interested in improving your smile with the help of custom whitening trays, contact Advanced Dental Group at (561) 220-4808​ or visit our site for additional information regarding teeth whitening treatments.