What is a Teeth Whitening Mouthguard? | Teeth Whitening FAQ
Many people are aware of the method of whitening teeth that uses a dentist-prescribed whitening gel inside a custom-fitted Teeth Whitening Mouthguard. This is often referred to as a “Take-Home Whitening Kit”.
When we use the word “Mouthguard”, some people might have visions of having to wear something bulky and perhaps brightly coloured and not-at-all discreet! In fact, a Teeth Whitening Mouthguard is quite different!
- It is made of a very thin plastic
- It covers the teeth, and will extend 1-2mm at most onto the gums
- It does not not cover the roof of your mouth
- It will have been carefully trimmed to be smooth against your lips, tongue and cheeks
- It is usually made from a transparent plastic, and can be difficult to see
- It provides no protection against sporting injuries!
Teeth Whitening Mouth guards are fairly robust, but it is still possible to tear or damage them. They will typically be presented in a strong plastic box, to which they should always be returned for safe-keeping between uses.
The Mouthguard should be kept very clean: after use, the gel should be rinsed out using luke warm water, and any residual gel should be gently brushed out using a soft-bristled toothbrush. During a treatment phase, where the mouthguard is being used daily, it will typically be stored in its box immediately after cleaning and rinsing in a slightly damp state.
Once the treatment phase is complete, its a good idea to give the mouthguard and its box a very careful clean, rinse and then allow both to dry completely before storing. Dry storage prevents the buildup of bacteria or mould- something you really don’t want on a mouthguard that you may use in future for whitening touch ups!
If you haven’t worn your Mouthguard for a while, it might feel a little bit strange the first time you put it back in. This is because most people will experience a little bit of natural tooth movement over time. The Mouthguard usually feels comfortable again after 48 hours, but if this isn’t the case for you, you should check with your dentist.