Custom Whitening Trays

Whitening is one of the easiest ways to accomplish a smile makeover. The most popular way to whiten is to have teeth fitted for custom trays. The trays are filled with prescription-strength bleach which is used on a daily basis at home until the teeth reach the desired shade. Most people require about two weeks to get the ideal result, but this varies depending on several factors. Non-clear liquids and certain foods (ex. red wine, coffee, curry) and smoking are counterproductive to whitening, and certain teeth are just more responsive to the whitening agent than others. Whitening is a very safe procedure, though temporary sensitivity is a common side effect. There are many products available to counteract the sensitivity. Because dental fillings and crowns will not whiten, any restorative materials on the front teeth may need to be replaced after whitening to ensure an even color throughout the mouth. Because of this, porcelain veneers are sometimes a better option. Your dentist can provide guidance on a case by case basis.