Best Teeth Whitening: Why Home Teeth Whitening Trays Win

by Joe Bulger DDS

Goldilocks Loves Home Teeth Whitening Trays

Here’s a story to help you appreciate the benefits of Home Teeth Whitening Trays

Best Teeth Whitening Option - Home Teeth Whitening Trays Are home teeth whitening trays “just right” for you?

Remember Goldilocks and the Three Bears?

Goldilocks found that by sitting in each chair, sampling from each bowl of porridge, and lying down in each bed, she discovered that in each case, Baby Bear’s size and portion was “just right” for her.

As a Toronto Teeth Whitening Dentist, I’m like Goldilocks in that I find that of the 3  main choices for Teeth Whitening, one’s too hot, one’s too cold, and one’s just right.

Laser Whitening is too hot. It’s fast aggressive and that can create extra pain on top of the extra cost. Some people don’t mind the heat and want it extra fast.

Whitening Strips are too cold. They slow, too much fuss and irritating to your gums. It’s less expensive, but you can expect extra hassle and more discomfort. Some people have the perseverance to pull this off, but most find they don’t get the best teeth whitening results with strips.

Whitening Toothpaste does more harm than good, so it doesn’t even qualify among the 3 choices.

For a lot of people, the Custom Bleaching Trays are “just right” when it comes to whitening your teeth.

It comes down to speed, comfort and cost. The pace is reasonable and any sensitivity can easily be managed. The cost is also reasonable, since you’re doing most of the work yourself.

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Bleaching Trays Deliver BEST Teeth Whitening Results

As far as results, I think Custom Bleaching Trays consistently deliver the BEST results.

Why? With the benefits of convenient delivery, reasonable pace and ability to control sensitivity, people are willing to finish the process.

I can’t tell you how many times I see people abandon the Whitening Strips because they’re too slow and too fussy. Easily half the Teeth Whitening cases we do are for people who tried Whitening Strips and got discouraged by the slow changes and sore gums.

Laser Teeth Whitening works quickly, but you still need the Take-Home System with the custom trays to even out the patchy results you’ll get from one laser session in the chair.

If money is no object and you can pony up for more Laser Whitening sessions in the chair. Personally, I think you’re much better off finishing the job with the Take-Home Teeth Whitening.

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How Do Custom Trays Work?

The key to the Home Teeth Whitening Trays is that your custom trays fit precisely onto your teeth.

These custom trays become the “delivery vehicle” for the Teeth Whitening gel to be applied to your teeth.

The gel itself is a thick, glue-like Carbamide Peroxide solution that is held suspended against your teeth by the trays.

You get high concentration and long exposure time. That’s the secret to getting the best teeth whitening results.

If the trays are poor fitting they won’t work properly. Too much teeth whitening gel leaks out and too much saliva leaks in.

As a Toronto Teeth Whitening Dentist my bottom line is happy patients with white smiles, and the last thing I want to see is poor-fitting trays.

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Is Teeth Whitening Gel all the same?

Be careful about which teeth whitening  gel you choose. There are only a few I would ever trust to put on a patient’s teeth.

As a warning, some cheaper products have been found to actually contain acidic ingredients that will damage the surface of your teeth.

I trust the Nite-White products from Discus. They’re a company out of California that has long been a leader in the Teeth Whitening field.

The current Nite-White teeth whitening gel formula contains an effective desensitizing agent and ACP (Amorphous Calium Phosphate) to strengthen your teeth instead of weakening them.

Toronto Teeth Whitening Dentist LOVES Home Teeth Whitening Trays:

I have a lot of experience with Teeth Whitening and I’m a big supporter of Custom Bleaching Trays. Ultimately I want positive outcomes – happy patients with beautiful white smiles. Home teeth whitening trays consistently delivers that for my patients.

If you want the best Teeth Whitening results, I highly recommend using teeth whitening gel in custom bleaching trays.

Dr. Joe :)

Dr. Joe Bulger
About the Author: is a West Toronto dentist. He’s also the founder of Royal York Dental – a respected dental clinic serving Etobicoke since 1950.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 roxyd32 August 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I love nite white!! Great info on the ins and outs of take home whitening… :)


2 Teeth Whitening February 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm

There are different options for implants and veneers, what procedure you have done depends on whether
you’re having a single tooth, upper or lower teeth or multiples.
This means that the specialized tooth whitening gel uniformly penetrates every groove and crevice of your unique bite,
rather than generally covering your teeth like an over-the-counter product which can leave spots from the ill-fitting strip.
It can additionally get discolored through chemicals
like tetracycline or excessive fluoride exposure.


3 Teddy April 29, 2014 at 8:30 am

I have been using the custom trays and 22% carbamide peroxide gel from Polanight. I am quite satisfied with the results. The only downside is that I am getting the funky sulfur-like smelling breath which disappears in couple of days after I stop the whitening. I also once got mild gum irritation. I guess the reason was that I brushed my teeth hour before the bleaching.

Do you have any idea what is behind that smell?


4 Krystle Fenton July 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

As a dentist, I believe that the best way to cater the needs of my patients is to fully assess them. Home teeth whitening system surely is a great option but it may not work for everybody, which is why in our clinic we offer to options “ready to go” or “take home”.

If you would like to know more about it you could visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LagunaVistaDental


5 Lee Pearce November 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm

I brouht a kit from beaming smile uk it worked perfect and you only need to use it 16min per time thanks



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