5 Ways That Custom-Whitening Trays Are Superior to OTC Trays

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A great way to make your smile stand out is to whiten your teeth. And while over-the-counter (OTC) options are cheap, they won't offer the same level of results as custom trays made by a dentist. So, although you can save money, ultimately, you may be disappointed with the results.

Custom whitening trays are better than OTC options for several good reasons.

1. Stronger bleach

Store-bought whitening trays contain whitening gels with a weaker concentration than the gels provided by a dentist. This means that the weaker hydrogen peroxide in an OTC kit won't be as effective at removing stains from your teeth as a professional whitening kit. This could leave you disappointed with the results.

2. Tailored treatment

OTC whitening kits are designed as a one-size-fits-all solution. As such, they are often a poor fit. This is especially true for patients with multiple dental restorations like crowns and veneers, which can change the balance of your bite. But custom whitening trays are moulded to fit your mouth and all its unique features. Ultimately, this makes the whitening process more effective.

3. Faster results

Because professional whitening trays contain stronger bleach and are tailor-made to fit your bite, you can achieve the desired results faster than you would with an OTC kit. This helps you to avoid the time-consuming slog that comes from whitening with OTC trays.

4. Less gum irritation

OTC trays are ill-fitting. Not only does this lessen their ability to whiten your teeth uniformly, but it also means that your gum tissue is at risk. If your trays don't fit comfortably, the whitening gel could spill over onto your gum tissue. This is painful and could cause gum recession. But with custom whitening trays, there is less risk of the whitening solution splashing onto your gums.

5. Professional advice

One of the biggest advantages to whitening with custom-made whitening trays is that you also get the benefit of professional advice. A dentist trained in tooth whitening can help you whiten your teeth safely and effectively by teaching you how to whiten your teeth. Coupled with the other advantages, this makes custom whitening trays a superior option to OTC whitening trays.

Are you interested in whitening your teeth? Then consider the advantages of having a dentist make custom tooth whitening trays designed specifically for your teeth. These advantages make professional tray whitening a far better option than OTC options.


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