I’m in month 7 of Invisalign. I only have 13 months of treatment so I’m ready to start whitening my teeth. I found professional strength gel on Amazon. I am starting with a carbamide peroxide gel that is in the middle as far as strength is concerned because I don’t want a lot of sensitivity. I know my Invisalign trays fit snug so I am wondering if I can use them for the whitening. I don’t want to ask my dentist for whitening trays if I don’t need them. He seems pretty eager to sell things. Will my Invisalign trays work? Revena T.
Revena – Before you whiten your teeth, you should be sure that you are a candidate for whitening. Certain stains won’t go away with whitening treatment. Depending on the cause of the stains, bleaching gel might make them more noticeable. It’s best to tell your dentist about your plans to whiten your teeth.
You mentioned that you bought professional-strength bleaching gel. Is it from a reputable company? Depending on the source of the gel you might not get the best results possible, or it might even damage your teeth. Be careful about buying teeth whitening gel online. There is no way to tell if it is safe or effective.
Your dentist will let you know if you can safely use your Invisalign trays to whiten your teeth. In some cases, the aligners sit just below your gumline and won’t whiten your teeth up to the ridge. Be certain to follow instructions for the length of each whitening session. If you leave the gel on too long, it can cause sensitivity in your teeth or irritate your gums.
Your dentist will let you know the results you can expect if you decide to use your Invisalign trays for whitening.
This post is sponsored by San Jose dentists Dr. Ralph Stanley, Dr. Magdalena Azzarelli, and Dr. Rogé Jacob.