At Home Teeth Whitening Gel Kits
This type of teeth whitening requires two visits to your dentist. At your first appointment, impression moulds will be made of your teeth, from which we will create your custom made, clear plastic bleaching trays. At your follow up appointment, the bleaching trays will be fitted, and any adjustments made. You will be given instructions on how to use this home whitening system and care for your teeth and bleaching trays. Then you simply wear the trays containing a special teeth whitening solution overnight for a couple of weeks, or twice daily for two hours, depending on the level of staining and degree of teeth whitening you are aiming to achieve. Some people experience a degree of tooth sensitivity during this period, however this will subside shortly after you complete the teeth bleaching process.
Over the counter whitening gels are not of the same strength and quality as from your dentist. Additionally, the tray made by your dentist is custom made and fits your teeth like a personal retainer. A tray you make yourself from a kit may leak gel into your mouth and allow saliva into the gel reducing its effectiveness and can even damage your gums. The effects of gel bleaching can last for several months, but may vary depending on your lifestyle. Tooth whitening is not a permanent procedure, especially if you smoke, or drink tea, coffee, or wine. In order to maintain your smile we recommend that you schedule a maintenance appointment as you become aware of deterioration in the brightness of your smile.