Children's Dentistry of Manatee

Children's Dentistry of Manatee & Lakewood Ranch

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening For Children: Custom Trays And Take-Home Bleaching Kits

Discolored teeth can make your child feel self-conscious about smiling, especially during their teenage years. If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry for your child, teeth whitening is proven to be the safest and simplest way to boost their confidence!

At Children’s Dentistry of Manatee, we offer custom trays and take-home bleaching kits for kids that want whiter and brighter smiles. With our help, they’ll achieve pearlier whites in no time! Schedule a consultation with us to learn more.

Why Are Custom Trays Important For At-Home Teeth Whitening?

Standard bleaching kits don’t come with custom trays, resulting in leaks that damage the gums, inner cheeks, or lips of young patients. Custom trays, on the other hand, ensure that the bleaching solution remains in contact with the surface of each tooth. This guarantees optimal results and zeroes irritation during the whitening process.

How Are Custom Trays Made?

On your child’s first visit, we’ll take dental impressions or molds to get an accurate copy of their teeth. This allows us to create custom plastic trays that fit perfectly over your child’s upper and lower teeth. Once the custom trays are ready, they can be used along with our take-home bleaching kits. 

How Are Custom Trays And Bleaching Kits Used At Home?

Depending on our dentist’s recommendations, your child may have to wear their custom trays for an hour every day. On average, teeth whitening treatments may take anywhere between 10 to 14 days to complete. 

To use them at home, your child should follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Brush and floss teeth thoroughly.
  2. Add bleaching solution to the trays.
  3. Wear the trays as directed by your dentist.
  4. Remove the trays and brush your teeth.
  5. Clean the trays and store them.

When Should You Consider Teeth Whitening For Your Child?

Our patients usually come in for teeth whitening between the ages of 11 and 15 years old. We recommend waiting until all your child’s baby teeth have fallen out before considering teeth whitening treatments. 

Are There Any Side Effects To Whitening Your Child’s Teeth?

When done correctly, teeth whitening comes with minimal risks and downsides. To prevent unwanted side effects, your child needs to wear them only as long as recommended by our in-house dentist. Wearing them for too long may result in:

  • Gum Irritation – Redness or mild swelling may occur along the gum line.
  • Sensitive Teeth – Teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
  • Bleached Gums – Gums may appear white or light pink following bleaching.

How Can Your Child Maintain Long-Lasting Results?

To help our patients get the most out of each teeth whitening treatment, we’ll provide some helpful tips for longer-lasting results. Once your child is happy with the shade of their teeth, they can maintain them by:

  • Avoiding soda, juices, and tea
  • Reducing the consumption of candy and sweets
  • Practicing proper hygiene habits
  • Preventing cavities and tooth decay
  • Avoiding teeth injuries

Give Your Child A More Vibrant Smile At Children’s Dentistry Of Manatee

Brightening up your child’s smile is simple when you have the right dental guidance. At Children’s Dentistry of Manatee, we believe in simplifying teeth whitening services to make them accessible, affordable, and comfortable.

Our custom trays and take-home kits will guarantee that your child has a positive experience during every whitening session. They’re quick, painless, and easy to do in the comfort of your home! If you’re interested in our take-home bleaching kits and custom trays, schedule a consultation with our in-house dentists and hygienists today.

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