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Custom Whitening Trays

Custom Take-Home Whitening Trays

Your smile is key to your self-image and confidence. If your teeth are discolored or not as white as you’d like them to be, it can be hard to feel confident in your smile and overall appearance. While store-bought whitening kits can make minor improvements in the whiteness of your smile, the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth at home is with custom-fitted mouth trays made by your dentist.


Why Custom Trays?

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends take-home, custom whitening trays specially-made by your dentist, rather than store-bought whitening trays. This is because over-the-counter whitening products often don’t work as well, and they can even irritate your teeth and gums.
Ill-fitting OTC whitening trays can lead to whitening gel leaking out and onto the gums, where it doesn’t belong and can cause irritation. Many customers of OTC whitening kits also report tooth sensitivity after the application at-home treatments.
In addition to the potential irritation these kits can cause, over-the-counter whitening kits aren’t able to achieve the same quality of whitening results that custom trays achieve.


Creating Your Custom Whitening Trays

To receive your custom whitening tray kit, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C., your local dentist in Pearl River NY, will clean your teeth and ensure that any dental issues—including gum disease or tooth decay—have been identified and addressed.
After this cleaning and examination, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth, and use this model to create the custom trays. This process can take a couple of days.
The dentist will then go through the at-home process with you to ensure you properly apply the whitening trays at home and get the best results possible.


Using Your Take-Home Whitening Trays

Once you have your custom whitening trays home with you, you can use them to apply the whitening treatment—usually up to several hours a day for one to two weeks.
Patients are often blown away by just how much whitening can take place in this short period of time, from the comfort of their own homes.


Does At-Home Whitening Have Side Effects?

Custom-fitted whitening trays have the benefit of fitting your mouth and teeth perfectly, which means the whitening solution stays where it’s meant to be. Most patients find that this factor alone is enough to reduce much of the irritation they experience with OTC whitening kits, gels, and pastes.
However, some patients do experience minor tooth sensitivity over the course of their at-home whitening treatment protocol. This sensitivity usually disappears two or three days after completing the treatment.


Maintaining a Healthy Smile

As a leading cosmetic dentist in Pearl River NY, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. can help you achieve the white and sparkling smile you’ve always dreamed of and keep it healthy and shining for years to come. Along with regular teeth cleaning and checkups, as well as daily brushing, flossing, and avoiding foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, custom whitening trays could be all you need to feel more confident in your smile.