How To Use Teeth Whitening Gel

Teeth whitening gel works for many people and is far less expensive than in-office treatment. However, you should read the instructions and make sure you use the gel correctly. There can be uncomfortable or painful side effects if you don’t use the gel right.

Whitening gel contains peroxide, which is a powerful ingredient, but a somewhat harsh one. Peroxide can get underneath the surface of your teeth to remove stains that have been there for a long time. However, it can also hurt your teeth and gums if you overuse it or are sensitive to it.

More than anything else, you should not let whitening gel touch your gums or cheeks. Whitening gel is too harsh for your soft mouth tissues and can irritate or even burn your gums.

While whitening gel for at-home use is milder than what dentists use, it is not always harmless. If you badly misuse the gel and are sensitive to it, your gums could hurt for a while afterward.

Talk To Your Dentist First

First, you should talk to your dentist. Using a whitening tray and whitening gel is less safe than using whitening strips. It is easier to get hydrogen peroxide on your gums if you use a tray rather than strips. A whitening tray is the closest thing to a professional cleaning you can get at home, but you have to be careful with it.

Some people should not use whitening trays. If you have problems with your teeth, it might not be safe to whiten them yet, so ask your dentist first. Your dentist can also make a tray that fits your teeth. The best trays are custom-fit trays. You might ask your dentist to demonstrate how to use the tray and gel.

Listen to your dentist and read the instructions. Don’t assume that you can use more gel than recommended, or leave the tray in for longer. Bleaching agents are not harmless and can give you at least a small chemical burn if you use them wrong.

You should also make your mouth as insensitive as possible before you use a whitening tray. While you probably won’t burn your mouth at all, you will probably give yourself sensitive teeth for a few days. If you desensitize your mouth first, the sensitivity won’t be too bad.

Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth (such as Sensodyne) starting about ten days before your treatment. It won’t work nearly as well if you start brushing with Sensodyne after you finish your treatment.

How To Use Teeth Whitening Gel

First, test the tray without any bleach in it. The rubber on the tray should touch your teeth but not go very far over your gums. Don’t use the tray if it goes more than 4mm over your gum line.

The last thing you want is to get hydrogen peroxide all over your gums. Take the tray back to the dentist and get it reshaped, don’t use a tray that doesn’t fit properly.

Use a small amount of gel. You might fill each tooth groove in the tray individually. Fill each groove up only halfway. You could also make a line along the tray instead of filling each groove individually. Don’t spread the gel around, as it will end up on your gums that way.

Again, only use a small amount of gel. About 0.5ml for either your top teeth or your bottom teeth is about right. Put the tray in your mouth and bite down firmly but not hard.

Don’t slide the tray back and forth too much, or the gel will leak out. If any gel leaks out of the tray while it is in your mouth, wipe it away. Don’t let the gel get on your gums, and wipe it off if it does.

Be careful when you remove the tray so that you don’t spill any gel on your gums. Clean your mouth properly afterward. Brush, floss, and rinse. If there is any pain, which there might not be, brush your teeth with desensitizing toothpaste for a few minutes.

Jason Smith

I am a Marine who now works as a Web Developer. I have five US States left to visit. I like whiskey, wine, and coffee, soaking in hot springs or in my hot tub.

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