How Do Custom Teeth Whitening Trays Work?

How Do Custom Teeth Whitening Trays Work?

People who have white, bright teeth are generally thought of as being happier, healthier, and more successful. Unsurprisingly, teeth whitening is one of the most popular elective dental treatments in the world, using special solutions to lift discoloration and stains and leave teeth looking whiter and more attractive than before.

While there are many different teeth whitening solutions out there, some varieties are faster, better, and longer-lasting than others. One of the most popular teeth whitening treatments currently available is custom teeth whitening trays.


What are Custom Teeth Whitening Trays and How Do They Work?

Custom teeth whitening trays, as their name suggests, are bespoke trays that are filled with whitening solution and then worn over the teeth. The way that custom teeth whitening trays work is very simple.

Firstly, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These will be used to create the molds that will be used to design your whitening trays. Exactly how these impressions will be taken will depend on your dentist. Some use putty, while others use specialist scanning equipment.

Your custom-designed teeth whitening trays will be created and you will be able to collect them. Your dentist will check that they fit properly, before explaining how to carry out the treatment.

When you are ready to begin treatment, you will place the bleaching solution into the tray, filling to the appropriate level as shown by your dentist. You then pop your trays in, being careful to put the correct tray on either the upper or lower teeth. The whitening solution spreads over the teeth, with the tray holding it in place. You must wear the trays for the recommended amount of time. Any less and the treatment may not be as effective as you would like. Any longer and you could potentially cause some damage to your teeth.


Benefits of Custom Whitening Trays

There are many different types of teeth whitening treatment, but custom whitening trays are considered one of the most effective thanks to the benefits associated with this technique. Some of the key benefits of choosing whitening trays include:

  • Custom trays are bespoke, designed specifically to fit your teeth. This improves the whitening process as the teeth are evenly covered in the whitening solution.

  • Whitening trays help to prevent whitening solutions from getting onto the gum tissue. This is important since whitening solutions containing bleach can irritate or damage gum tissue.

  • Whitening trays enable you to perform whitening in the comfort of your own home, at times that suit you and your lifestyle.

  • Since they are made specifically for your teeth, custom whitening trays fit comfortably, without rubbing or applying pressure. They also aren’t too big, which enables the whitening solution to leak out and onto the soft tissues of the gums.


Exactly how many sessions of whitening you will need will depend on the original color of your teeth, and how many shades whiter you would like them to be. Your dentist should be able to give you an estimation if you would like one.


For more on custom teeth whitening trays, visit Attuned Dental Care in Milpitas, California. Call 408-263-3090 to schedule an appointment today.


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