A healthy, white smile can mean much more self-confidence. If you want to have beautiful teeth, you have to devote enough attention to their care. Professional oral care, a proper diet, teeth whitening, and drinking enough water can potentially guarantee that your smile will become exemplary.
Teeth whitening trays – one of the methods of enjoying white teeth. This is a procedure that uses trays to whiten teeth quickly, safely and inexpensively.
Teeth whitening trays (impressions, whitening trays)
Impressions for individual teeth whitening trays that match the shape of the tooth are produced in a dental laboratory. The whitening trays are custom made according to these dental impressions. These trays are filled with the whitening agent – 10-16% hydrogen peroxide gel.
Injected with the whitening gel, the trays are worn every night. The gel has a sticky consistency, so it doesn’t leak from the trays and adheres firmly to the teeth. The whitening gel is what eliminates the darkened tooth shade.
Your teeth will already look lighter in the first week, and the best results are achieved after 10 nights.
Universal teeth whitening trays
You can whiten your teeth at home using universal trays with whitening agent, which can be purchased as a kit (10 trays + whitener).
During treatment, some people may experience increased tooth sensitivity, which may disappear within a few days of completing the whitening treatment.
Why does tooth colour change?
Tooth colour can change due to external and internal stains, which appear for quite a variety of reasons. They can change the colour of permanent teeth as well as baby teeth. External tooth stains can be caused by smoking/tobacco products, poor oral hygiene, highly pigmented drinks, a poor diet, iron supplements, certain antibiotics, and so on.
Internal stains can appear when pigmented substances penetrate the hard tissue. They can be caused by congenital liver disease, impaired enamel formation, the use of certain medications, and so on.
It is important to understand that artificial teeth – crowns, fillings, veneers, etc. – cannot be whitened.
Does whitening harm teeth?
Teeth whitening with trays can be successful after consulting with a dentist who can assess your oral cavity and advise on which whitening method may be most suitable for you. After carefully assessing the condition of your oral cavity, the position of your gums and teeth, the colour you would like to attain, and the reason for yellowing, a whitening plan can be put together to help you achieve your goals.
When whitening teeth with trays, it is important that you follow the instructions and use them for as long as indicated. Moderation and following your doctor’s advice is a must. Very frequent whitening can be harmful. It is also important to note that before having your teeth whitened, you should first have them professionally cleaned (you can do this at our dental clinic).
During teeth whitening, there are a few rules of the road: avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and other foods and drinks that stain.
The effectiveness of teeth whitening and the whiteness that can be achieved also depend on the thickness of the tooth enamel, colour pigment that may be resistant to the whitening agent, as well as other important factors.
Advantages of teeth whitening trays:
- the whitening agents are relatively inexpensive;
- the teeth can be lightened by several tones;
- you can do it at home at a time that is convenient for you;
- side effects may not be felt, except for some people who may develop temporary sensitivity; special toothpaste can be used to relieve sensitive teeth;
- no special preparation is required;
- the procedure can be performed by the majority of people who would like to.
When should you avoid teeth whitening trays?
Even though most people want to have white teeth, in certain situations, it is not recommended. Teeth whitening trays should not be used by:
- pregnant or lactating women;
- minors under 18 years of age;
- people who have problems with their gums or oral cavity;
- people with extremely thin tooth enamel or sensitive teeth;
- people with gastrointestinal diseases;
- people who are allergic to peroxide;
- people who smoke or drink a lot.
A smile is the way to success and confidence! Smile and the world will smile back at you ;)