Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to transform your smile. But not all whitening methods are equal. In fact, if you whiten your own teeth without the help of a dentist, your whitening results could be negligible. Worse, you could damage your teeth and gums if you whiten your teeth the wrong way.
Although custom whitening trays are more expensive than OTC (over-the-counter) trays, they are superior in many ways.
1. Custom trays are safer
Custom whitening trays are a much safer option than over-the-counter trays. This is because over-the-counter trays only come in one size. As a result, they don't always fit well and can either be too tight or too loose. This means that the bleaching gel may splash your gums when you use these trays. Gum damage from whitening gel can become permanent.
Custom whitening trays fit your teeth perfectly because the dentist will design them specifically for your mouth.
2. Custom trays cover more tooth surface
To get an even tooth whitening, the whitening trays should cover each tooth completely. But over-the-counter whitening trays don't take into account the differences in the sizes of your teeth. As such, your whitening results may be uneven, with some teeth appearing fully white, while others are only half-white.
A custom whitening tray will fit all of your teeth evenly.
3. Custom trays offer better results
Custom whitening trays come with a much stronger bleaching agent. Because of this, they can reach intrinsic stains as well as extrinsic stains. OTC trays have a weaker bleaching agent, which means your results won't be as pleasing as those of custom trays.
4. Custom trays fit better
With OTC trays, the fit of the trays is likely to be either too tight or too loose. If you want to whiten your teeth in comfort, then custom whitening trays are a far better option. You'll be able to relax while you whiten your teeth, instead of worrying about spillages.
5. Custom trays come with an expert's advice
Custom trays come with a dentist's advice. Your dentist will advise you on how to whiten your teeth safely and efficiently. You won't have the same benefit from OTC trays. If you have never whitened your teeth before, the dental advice you receive from your dentist before you start whitening your teeth will be invaluable.
Custom whitening trays are by far the best and safest option for you if you want to whiten your teeth at home. Speak to your dentist today to find out how custom-whitening trays can benefit your smile. They can also provide further information regarding teeth whitening.