Investing in custom whitening trays is essential to getting the best whitening experience. However, there are still some ways to get more for your money. Not all custom whitening trays are the same quality though. Spending money on a lower-quality custom tray can be as effective as just getting one over the counter. They might be made of similar materials, but there are small differences that can make them more comfortable and effective. One of the key differentiating factors is whether or not your tray has whitening gel reservoirs.
What are Gel Reservoirs?
Reservoirs are small pockets that are inside the whitening trays on the front, which sit up against the tooth’s surface. These reservoirs allow more room for the whitening gel to come into contact with the teeth. The whitening gel will naturally expand as it whitens the teeth, filling up the gaps, and putting pressure on the trays. The reservoirs allow for the expansion of the whitening gel without the trays pulling away from your teeth. This provides a more even, effective whitening process that will maximize your whitening gel usage and save you money in the long run.
Another key factor is the material that the trays are constructed from. If a low-quality material is used to create the whitening trays, then your trays can yellow quickly. All materials will yellow in time, but low-quality material will yellow significantly faster. Yellowing will cause make the trays less effective and will mean that they need to be replaced. It can also cause the trays to become brittle, making them more susceptible to cracking or breakages. All trays will yellow eventually though. This process can be prevented for as long as possible by using a good cleaning product like Fresh Guard by Efferdent. Fresh Guard is specifically formulated to prevent yellowing without damaging the whitening trays.
The way the whitening trays are trimmed greatly affects the comfort of the whitening trays when they are in your mouth.
Little molding lines or trim defects can become uncomfortable over time. If the whitening trays are just trimmed straight across and don’t follow the contours of the teeth, it allows the bleaching gel to come into contact with the gums. When this happens, you can experience a burning sensation on the gums. Less of the gel will come in contact with the teeth as well, reducing the effectiveness.
Do Your Research
Deciding to invest in custom-fit whitening trays is the right decision. But it is worth doing some research to ensure that you are getting the quality that you have paid for. At SportingSmiles, we use only the best dental labs to create our whitening trays, meaning that you can rest assured that you will have the perfect fit. If you have any questions at all about what you should be looking for in your custom whitening trays and the whitening gel reservoirs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at [email protected].