Take Home Trays
One option for whitening your teeth is a bleaching procedure that uses custom take-home whitening trays to put the healthy look back into your smile without the expense of a costly, generic cosmetic treatment. Many over-the-counter products are available for whitening teeth without dentist supervision. However, for the most effective and safest whitening treatment, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends using custom-fitted mouth trays made by your dentist.
Before starting the whitening process, your dentist will clean your teeth and treat any existing dental problems like decay or gum disease. The next step is making your custom take-home whitening trays – sometimes called stents or custom bleach splints. After taking an impression of your teeth, your dentist will use the molds to make the trays. This usually takes a couple of days.
Your dentist will 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.
Ask your dentist at Tumwater Family Dentistry about custom-made take-home whitening trays to brighten your smile. Call us at 360-352-0401.