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How to Use and Care for Custom Whitening Trays

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We know that when it comes to considering any kind of dental work, you might have questions. Asking questions is a great thing to do and it shows your interest in the procedure and more importantly, your overall well-being. If you know you have questions, but can’t think of exactly what to ask, we’re here to help. We’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about “Opalescence™ teeth whitening near me,” custom whitening trays, and teeth whitening in general.

Opalescence™ Teeth Whitening Trays:

How do I Use and Care for Custom Whitening Trays? What are custom whitening trays?

Prior to using professional strength teeth whitening dental products and getting custom whitening trays, be sure to see your dentist for an exam to ensure that your gums are healthy enough to bleach your teeth. It’s important to know that crowns, veneers, and fillings will not bleach. If the shade of your natural teeth matches your existing dental work before bleaching, whitening your teeth will result in mismatched shades. If you have concerns about teeth whitening, be sure to visit with your dentist in Lincoln, NE as he or she may have other recommendations such as in-office professional whitening.

Regularly receiving professional cleanings to remove tartar and plaque accumulation on the teeth will give you the evenest results from whitening.

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Unique and inherent whitening potentialit’s believed that we each have a level at which our teeth won’t whiten anymore. This varies from person to person and is controlled by our genes and determined by the value/hue of our teeth. We can only get the value color changed to brighter and whiter color/hue, which determines your final color and whitening results.

  • If you are in color range A, A1 will be your lightest result.
  • Category B color range, you can get to the highest B shade, B1.
  • If you are in category C, you can only get to the lightest shade of C.

Please look at your initial shade using this shade scale:

Image of a teeth whitening scale for custom whitening trays. Our dentists in Lincoln, NE make custom whitening trays for use with at-home teeth whitening.

Will my previous dental work whiten?

If you have dental fillings, crowns, or any type of dental work, those restorations will not whiten.

Image of custom whitening trays to be used for teeth whitening at home.

How do I use Opalescence™ whitening trays?

Steps for using custom whitening trays at home:

Opalescence™ teeth whitening solution contains 35% bleaching solution and should is only for use with custom bleaching trays from your dentist. The application of Opalescence™ whitening solution should only be for the prescribed time of 60 minutes. 

Before bleaching, be sure to thoroughly brush and floss. To load your custom bleaching trays, apply the bleach in small dots to the inside of the front portion of the teeth only. You should not use more than half of the syringe per application for both arches. Once you have inserted the trays, lightly tap the sides of the tray to allow the gel to contact your teeth. Do not eat, drink, or sleep while your trays are in your mouth. 

After 60 minutes, remove the beaching trays and gently brush with a soft toothbrush and rinse your mouth with room temperature water to remove any residual bleaching gel. You may clean the remaining gel from your custom trays by gently brushing them with a soft toothbrush. Store trays in a cool environment in a container to avoid damage. Avoid using warm or hot water to clean them as this will warp your trays.  Avoid soaking your trays in mouthwash to avoid discoloration. After whitening, you should avoid tobacco products, coffee, tea, dark pop, red wine, etc for 24-48 hours.

The color of your teeth may appear uneven immediately after you remove your bleach trays. This is temporary and is due to the dehydration that occurs during whitening. The shade of your teeth may have a gradient color, with a darker shade closer to the gumline and lighter shade closer to the biting surface. This is normal and is a natural feature of enamel anatomy.

The longevity of your whitening results varies based on diet and lifestyle habits. Using a whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains between whitening applications. You can touch up your whitening for a day or two whenever you feel that your teeth are starting to appear less bright. For most people, this is one or two applications of bleach every 3-4 months. Store leftover bleach in the refrigerator. 

Sensitivity after whitening is normal and temporary. Patients who have autoimmune diseases, or chronic inflammatory diseases, could experience sensitivity symptoms after whitening that tend to last longer. Also, patients who grind their teeth may experience more discomfort after whitening. You may take Tylenol or ibuprofen to help manage your sensitivity along with daily use of sensitivity toothpaste.

What if you want super white teeth but are not able to get there with just teeth whitening based on the limitations of your enamel?

Do I have any other options?

Image of a happy woman who what able to get custom whitening trays from her dentist in Lincoln, NE.

Consider dental veneers, crowns, or replacing aged dental work. Doing so will create permanent whitening results. Dental veneers and crowns stay permanently white and do not stain.

Commonly Asked Questions About…

Teeth Whitening and Custom Whitening Trays

Does whitening damage teeth?

No. Teeth whitening in Lincoln, NE is one of the saftest cosmetic procedures that we perform. In-office, professional whitening done under the direct supervision of a dentist is a safe, effective way to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.

Can yellow teeth become white?

Generally speaking, yellow teeth can become white. It is important to know however that inherent whitening potential as well as other factors such as genetics will determine just how white and bright your teeth can become. In-office, professional whitening is the best way to achieve the brightest smile.

Can I whiten teeth at home myself ?

Yes, you can whiten your teeth at home. Do know, however, that with any kind of home treatment, it can come with some risks. The biggest risks are tooth sensitivity and chemical burns to the gums. In-office, professional whitening still remains the safest, most effective way to whiten teeth. Dental professionals use products that are formulated differently than those you can buy over-the-counter, which, in turn, helps reduce your risks.

What is the safest way to whiten teeth?

“Where Can I get custom whitening trays in Lincoln, NE?”

Two of the safest ways to whiten teeth are in-office professional whitening or with custom whitening trays that are made just for you by your dentist.

Our dentists in Lincoln, NE offer both custom whitening trays and in-office professional whitening. Call or schedule online today and get the smile you deserve!