Advertisement

How does the tray method for tooth whitening work?

In the tray method, your dentist takes impressions of your mouth, from which carefully molded trays are formed. These trays are thin and light to wear. The patient adds a small amount of liquid to the tray and proceeds to wear them from two to six hours per day until the desired whitening is achieved. This process usually takes two weeks. The trays are kept and can be used again for touch-ups. The cost of this procedure is approximately $400.00.

The tray method for tooth whitening works by pouring a peroxide bleaching solution into a tray that looks like a mouth guard. You then wear the tray over your teeth for four to eight hours, and possibly overnight. Continue applying the bleaching solution and wearing the tray until your teeth are as white as you want. Depending on the amount of discoloration, it may take about four weeks to sufficiently whiten your teeth. 

Continue Learning about Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Tips and Secrets
Teeth Whitening Tips and Secrets
Do you want a dazzling, movie-star smile but you're not sure how to go about getting it? Are you curious to know how over-the-counter teeth whitening ...
Read More
What is ZOOM! For teeth whitening?
Dr. Benjamin S Fiss DDSDr. Benjamin S Fiss DDS
ZOOM! is a new chair-side tooth whitening system that uses a full-mouth bleaching light combined wit...
More Answers
Who should not use OTC tooth whiteners?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
People with certain medical conditions or who are taking certain medications should not use OTC ...
More Answers
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.