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What are whitening gel reservoirs and why they are important.

Not all custom whitening trays are the same quality. They might be made of similar materials, but there are small differences that can make them more comfortable and effective.

Home Teeth Whitening
Sporting Smiles Home Teeth Whitening

First you want your whitening trays to have reservoirs. Reservoirs are small pockets that are on the whitening trays on the front of the tooth’s surface. These reservoirs allow for more room for the whitening gel to come in contact with the teeth. Whitening gel will naturally expand as it whitens the teeth. The reservoirs allow for the expansion of the whitening gel without the trays pulling away from your teeth.

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 quicker.  You want to use a good cleaning product like fresh guard by efferdent to prevent your whitening trays from yellowing.

The way the whitening trays are trimmed affect the comfort or the whitening trays. If the whitening trays are just trimmed straight across and don’t follow the contours of the teeth iy allows the bleaching gel to come in contact with the gums. You can experience a burning sensation of the gums and less of the gel will come in contact with the teeth lowering the effectiveness.

Teeth Whitening Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Teeth Whitening FAQ

Q: How long does the teeth whitening gel last?

A: Our whitening gel has a 2 years shelf life. You want to store the whitening gel at or below room temperature away from direct sunlight. Refrigeration can be used to extend the life of the gel. If the gel gets to hot it will become liquid and will be unusable.

Q: How long do I need to wear my whitening trays?

A: We recommend wearing them for 2 weeks once a day for 15-20 minutes, or until your desired whiteness is reached. You do not want to whiten more than once a day. After the desired shade is reached touch ups can be done as needed.

Q: How much gel should I put in the tray?

A: This answer is different per person depending on your arch size. The typical amount needed is around .5ml per dental tray. If gel is over flowing on to your gums you have to much gel in the tray.  Simply use a Q-tip to wipe away any extra.

Q: I have a crown, bridge, or other dental work. Will this whiten that also?

A: Whitening gel will only work on natural teeth. It will not whiten any dental work, or artificial teeth.

Q: What strength is the gel?

A: Provided in the kit is 35% Carbamide Peroxide bleaching Gel Syringes.

Q: Is teeth whitening safe for my teeth?

A: The process of using dental whitening trays have been around for 20+ years. There is no study that shows any damage due to teeth whitening.

Q: How is whitening trays different than using zoom (laser) or whitening strips?

A: Laser whitening works great to whiten your teeth, but is expensive and will only last for a couple months. After the whitening is done there is no way to do touch ups. Whitening strips are around 7% peroxide and don’t come is full connect with your teeth. With our whitening trays the gel is 35% and cover the teeth fully.

Q: How long will my whitening trays last?

A: Whitening trays can last forever if you clean them and don’t chew on them while whitening.

Why have a backup pair of Dental Retainers?

We have many customers that order 2 sets of retainers from us, or already have a set of retainers and are looking for a spare\backup pair. We recommend this for anyone that has retainers.

Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers

Here are a couple reasons why:

  1. Reorder Second Pair: We give about a 30% discount on getting an additional set.
  2. Retainers are fragile: A downside of essix retainers is that they are fragile and can crack. Instead of having to be in a rush to get a new set. It’s nice to have a second available.
  3. Cheap insurance: You may have paid thousands of dollars to have your teeth straighten. During the time when you’re looking for your old retainers or getting a replacement your teeth can shift.
  4. Dogs: Dogs love to eat retainers. We get 5-6 calls every week saying the dog ate their retainers. It would be nice to have a spare pair in case this happens to you.
  5. Clear: Having clear retainers is great for making them virtually invisible while on your teeth, but this feature makes them easily accidently thrown out.
  6. Cost: If you are in a rush to get replacement retainers and have to go to a dentist it can cost $300 – $600. For less than $100 you can get a replacement set from SportingSmiles.com

Having your teeth straightened is an expensive and painful process. You want to make sure that your teeth stay as straight as possible and a set of backup retainers is a cheap way to insure your teeth don’t shift back to their old location if anything happens to your retainers.

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