When your teeth become stained and discolored, the natural white brilliance of your smile is dulled. Discoloration can also impact your confidence, causing you to hide your smile from those around you. There are many different factors that can lead to discoloration, including what you eat and drink and the use of tobacco products. Teeth whitening is a popular treatment for restoring the bright white brilliance to your smile. At Detailed Dental Care, we can help you to improve the color of your teeth, and the quality of your smile, with take-home whitening trays.
What are Whitening Trays?
Whitening trays are a treatment that helps to eliminate stains and discoloration from your teeth. This provides you with an alternative to in-office whitening by allowing you to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. Your trays are created from impressions of your mouth. You are then supplied with these trays and the whitening gel, along with instructions for use.
How Do Whitening Trays Work?
Before you receive your whitening trays, we first need to take impressions of your mouth. This allows us to create custom trays that will fit you perfectly. A custom fit helps you to achieve the best results possible. At your second appointment, you will receive your trays as well as the whitening gel and instructions.
Your trays are meant to be worn twice a day for a few hours each time or overnight while you sleep. The gel will need to be applied to the trays before being inserted into your mouth. Load the gel in a continuous bead from one side to the other. Apply gentle pressure as you put the trays onto your teeth. Avoid putting too much pressure as you insert the trays as this can cause the gel to leak out, reducing the effectiveness of your treatment.
Typically, take-home whitening trays are meant to be worn for one to two weeks. The exact length of your treatment depends upon the extent of your discoloration and your specific goals. During your consultation, we can help to determine just how long your treatment should be. Results should be noticeable in just under a week.
Taking Care of Your Trays
After you take your trays out of your mouth, it is important that you clean them. Run them under cool water and brush them gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure that you store your trays in a hard, protective case out of reach of young children and pets. They will be ready to go for your next application.
Are Take-Home Whitening Trays Safe?
Take home whitening trays are very safe. You will be provided with instructions for use, so make sure that you follow them for the best results. One of the most common issues that come with whitening trays is the potential for tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity is only temporary and should dissipate once your treatment is complete. If the sensitivity causes significant discomfort, you can use a toothpaste formulated to help alleviate this issue during your treatment.
With take-home whitening trays, you can whiten your teeth on your own time in the comfort of your own home. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, contact Detailed Dental Care today at (516) 875-6774.