Take-Home Whitening Trays
For the most effective and safest whitening treatment, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends using custom-fitted mouth trays made by our dentist. This is because tooth-whitening gel can leak out of ill-fitting 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, our dentist will clean your teeth and treat any existing dental problems like decay or gum disease. The next step is making your custom trays, sometimes called stents or custom bleach splints. After taking an impression of your teeth, our dentist will use the molds to make the trays. This usually takes a couple of days. Our dentist will, then, instruct you 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.