Teeth whitening trays are one of many options available to whiten yellow teeth. There are many types of teeth whitening trays out there, so it’s important to do a bit of research before making a purchase. You can purchase teeth whitening trays from either a local retailer, online merchant, or from a dental professional, making it easy to whiten at home.
How Teeth Whitening Trays Work
Over-the-counter teeth whitening trays typically are made of a flexible material that will adhere to your teeth. The material fits around your teeth gently and allows for whitening on the surface and in between your teeth. Dental professionals can also dispense custom-made molds that have been created just for you and therefore fit in your mouth and directly over your teeth perfectly. Some teeth whitening trays are pre-filled with a peroxide-based whitening agent, while others come with syringes of whitening gel that can be dispensed as needed by the user. Either way, teeth whitening trays usually require a longer daily application time than many whitening options. Some are used for hours at a time, while others recommend overnight application, during which time you should not eat or drink. Alternatively, the Advanced Seal technology in Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid allows you to talk, drink water and carry on with your daily routine.
Alternatives to Teeth Whitening Trays
Teeth whitening trays are not your only option for pursuing the perfect smile. If you prefer other whitening options that may require shorter application time and offer you the flexibility to continue about your regular routine, there are dozens of other options to consider, depending on your desired results and the current condition of your teeth. It is recommended that you always consult with your dentist before beginning a whitening routine.
- Whitening Strips: Instead of teeth whitening trays, you may want to consider using whitening strips found at your local drug store or mass retailer. There are numerous products available, some of which only require five minutes a day, and some providing noticeable whitening results in just three days. Other whitening strip options provide significant flexibility, allowing you to drink water and even talk on the phone. Results for some whitening strips can last for up to 12 months, providing you with a beautiful smile for an entire year. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid and Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects utilize the Advanced Seal technology which provides a stronger grip than most whitening strips – this allows you to whiten while you go about your day (you can even drink water while you whiten). Also, results can last up to 12 months with these Crest 3D White options.
- Whitening Toothpastes and Rinses: For subtle whitening and to help prevent stain build-up, you may want to consider using a whitening toothpaste, such a Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste, combined with a whitening mouthwash each day. Crest 3D White MultiCare Whitening Rinse whitens by removing surface stains and helps to prevent new surface stains from forming.
- Maintenance: It is important to follow an oral hygiene regimen that includes daily brushing, flossing and rinsing. It’s also recommended that you visit a dental professional for routine cleanings twice a year. Finally, avoiding products such as coffee, tea, wine, soda, and tobacco can help protect your teeth from discoloration.
While teeth whitening trays are popular and can be effective, there are many other options available. Your best bet is to conduct some research, do some reading, and make an informed decision based on your personal whitening goals.