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Custom Teeth Whitening Trays Prove Effective in New Study

Custom Teeth Whitening Trays Prove Effective in New Study

While it used to be that the only way to get professional teeth whitening results was to visit a dentist, advancements in dentistry technology have made it possible to get results that rival those possible from a professional visit right at home.

The very best whitening gels on the market today like those sold here at have been clinically shown to whiten teeth up to 11 shades in up to 2 weeks. Still, there has long been a debate over what the best way is to treat the teeth with these whitening gels.

There are four main types of trays that can be used:

- Unfitted trays that are smooth inside and one size fits all

- DIY trays that you mold to the shape of your mouth at home

- Custom fitted trays that are made from plaster impressions of the mouth

- Reservoir custom fitted trays that have special pockets for holding bleach

Reservoir custom fitted trays were developed due to an idea that by holding the bleach in special compartments in trays, the effectiveness of whitening could be enhanced. Trays with reservoirs are very expensive to produce and can be time consuming and difficult for consumers to use at home. As a result, many people consider them less than ideal for use in home teeth whitening kits. Now, a new study suggests that reservoir trays don't offer any advantages over conventional custom fitted trays.

The study published in the May 2015 issue of the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice examined the effects of teeth whitening on genuine human teeth that had been extracted. The teeth were coated with a material that reproduced the look of heavy staining. One half of the teeth were treated with a whitening gel in a custom fitted tray, while the other half of the teeth were treated with a whitening gel in a custom fitted tray with reservoirs.

Treatments were repeated with the same whitening gel daily for 1 week, and then the scientists examined the level of staining on the teeth. It turned out that there was no difference at all between the whitening results produced with the trays, suggesting that reservoirs do not make whitening any more effective and that conventional, less expensive and simpler-to-use custom trays are more than adequate for successful whitening.

At, we make it easy for you to reap the benefits of the type of custom teeth whitening trays shown to be effective by this recent study. We sell kits that contain materials for quickly making impressions of your teeth at home. Then, you simply place your moulds into the postage-paid envelope and mail them to our professional dental lab where easy-to-use, durable trays will be made to the exact dimensions of your teeth. The kits are available in different sizes to suit every whitening need. Check out the full selection and order one for your at-home teeth whitening treatments!

Author - Sharron Hunt