Why Custom Teeth Whitening Trays Are Safer for Your Teeth

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Teeth whitening treatments can eliminate most stains and discoloration that form on teeth. It involves using bleaching chemicals, like hydrogen peroxide, to remove stains from teeth surfaces and their inner layers. It is done using whitening solutions that are drastically more concentrated than those in teeth whitening products sold over the counter.

Teeth whitening treatments can be used to remove stains and discoloration caused by:

  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Consuming beverage and foods that contain tannins, like coffee and pasta sauce

How custom teeth whitening trays make treatments safer

Professional whitening treatments performed by dentists typically use custom mouth trays to evenly apply the product on teeth surfaces. The mouth tray also prevents the powerful chemicals in the whitening solution/gel from getting into the gums and other soft tissues where it can cause irritation.

To make the mouth tray, the dentist will take an impression of the patient's teeth by asking them to bite down on a mold. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where technicians make the customized mouth tray. It takes about two weeks to get it back to the dentist. The patient can proceed with their whitening treatment once the tray is ready.

The process

Dentists often recommend cleaning teeth before getting whitening treatments since it leads to better results. During the procedure, the dentist scrapes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Tartar is calcified plaque, and it makes teeth appear yellow. Teeth cleaning on its own should improve the color of the patient's teeth.

The dentist will evaluate the patient's teeth prior to their whitening treatment by looking for existing dental issues. It is often better to treat issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, before proceeding with whitening treatments.

The whitening process itself is straightforward. The whitening solution/gel is spread on the mouth tray, and the patient bites down on it. They keep it in their mouth for 60 to 90 minutes and their teeth should be drastically whiter afterward. Some patients will need multiple teeth whitening treatments to get to the desired shade of white based on how severe the discoloration on their teeth is.

There is no recovery period after getting teeth whitening treatments, but many patients experience tooth sensitivity for the first few days. Patients are advised to avoid consuming foods and beverages that stain teeth for the first 48 hours after getting whitening treatments to allow their new teeth color to set.

Follow-up treatments

Getting teeth whitening treatments does not mean you will have pearly white teeth for the rest of your life. Most likely, your teeth will continue to be exposed to things that can stain them, so new stains will develop over time.

Each person's unique habits determine how long they get to keep the results of their whitening treatments. For example, the teeth of a smoker will become stained faster than the teeth of a non-smoker after whitening. Maintenance treatments, once or twice a year, can help to keep teeth white.

Improve the color of your teeth

Call or visit our Annapolis clinic to learn more about how teeth whitening treatments can enhance your smile.

Request an appointment here: https://www.lighthousefamilydentistry.com or call Lighthouse Family Dentistry at (410) 844-0866 for an appointment in our Annapolis office.

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