Better Results with Custom Teeth Whitening Trays
Dr. Matthew Wolfe: One of the most common requests we get from patients is they want whiter teeth. Whether it's because their teeth are stained from too much coffee or from too much wine, or their teeth have just naturally been discolored their whole life, everybody wants that brighter and whiter smile.
When it comes to whitening, there's different options out there. One of the basic options is white strips. You can pick up some white strips from your store, or, get a higher-strength set from your dentist.
The next option is our custom trays with a special whitening gel in the tray that fit over the teeth. Our custom tray is important, because, one, it keeps the saliva from getting into the whitening agent, making it less effective. And, two, it keeps the whitening agent from getting on your gums, which can sometimes irritate your gums a little bit.
Finally, for those patients who have more severe stain, or they're looking for a really bright, white, Hollywood-style smile, I would recommend an in-office whitening treatment. In our office, we use a system called Core Whitening, which is fantastic in getting teeth as white as a patient wants.
So, if having a brighter, whiter smile is something that you're interested in, I would definitely recommend discussing the different options with your dentist.