Teeth whitening at home can be a low cost way to get a brighter whiter smile. Almost all of the bestselling home kits use teeth whitening trays to apply a gel to the surface of the teeth.
Most of these trays are exactly the same no matter which kit you choose to buy and so they way to use them can be applied to many of the teeth whitening home kits reviewed on this site.
What is a teeth whitening tray?
Originally used in whitening procedures carried out by dentists, teeth whitening trays are designed to be worn in the mouth for periods of up to 60 minutes depending on the gel being used. Thay are made from a malleable material that, when gently heated and applied directly to teeth, takes the shape of your own mouth. Sometimes called ‘Boil & Bite’, these teeth whitening trays are easy to use and take a thin coating of whitening gel to make sure it stays in contact with the teeth.
Teeth Whitening Tray Instructions
Step 1 – Forming the tray
Place the teeth whitening tray in to hot water. This doesn’t need to be boiling but probably hotter than the water from your hot tap at home. Leave it submersed for around 30 seconds using the tab and give it a chance to become a little soft before placing in to your mouth. Making sure that it covers the teeth press it in to place and close your mouth with your teeth firmly together.
The next part comes more naturally that it sounds but you need to suck the air from the tray so that it forms tightly over your teeth and hold in place for around 30 seconds. You can also use your fingers to press against the front of the tray to get a better fit.
Step 2 – Fix the shape
To fix the tray in to shape of the tray, hold it under cold running water. You should now have a teeth tray which matches the shape of your teeth like ours in the picutre. If you are not happy with your first attempt, don’t worry, you can repeat step 1 until you’ve got it right.
Step 3 – Applying the Gel
Teeth whitening kits like Botanical White or Dr Georges Dental White all use a whitening gel supplied in syringes. This makes it much easier to apply the right amount gel to the mouth trays. Carefully squeeze a thin line of gel along the bottom of the tray from one end to the other and place in to your mouth over the teeth.
Wear the tray in position for the required time for your gel and repeat the process for upper and lower teeth. Once you are done, rinse the teeth whitening trays and store them in a cool dry place to retain its shape.
Blue Light Accelerator
Some kits like Botanical White also come with a blue light accelerator which can be applied in front of the teeth tray to speed up the whitening process. This can reduce your required treatment time from 30-40 minutes to 20-30.
Teeth Whitening Tray Tips
Brush your teeth before using teeth whitening trays
Make sure that trays are clean and dry before applying whitening gel into them since moisture reduces the efficacy of the whitening gel
Use a toothbrush to clean your whitening trays after use
Reccomended Non-Peroxide Teeth Whitening
With none of the painful irritation that can be caused by peroxide teeth whitening, the Botanical White Kit is based on a natural formulation of ingredients including Sodium Bicarbonate, Pomegranate Seed Extract and Aloe Vera, making it one of the best selling teeth whitening kits for home use.
With prices starting from £34.99, it's our best non-peroxide kit.
- Visible whitening only after one treatment
- Only need to use for 30 minutes per day
- None of the painful irritation that can be caused by peroxide teeth whitening
- FREE shipping worldwide from Botanical White