Can I use my Invisalign aligners as whitening trays?
The short answer is no. Keith Bracy, DDS does not recommend it. Contrary to the advice of dentists and orthodontists, using an Invisalign aligner to hold your whitening gel may lead to poor results or be unsafe. Why? Because a clear aligner does not provide the proper seal for whitening gel to stay in the tray. Look closely at the seal of an Invisalign aligner – the aligner usually ends before the gum line and there often isn’t a tight seal between the Invisalign aligner and the tooth due to the rigidity of the Invisalign aligner material. Thus, whitening gel can easily escape the Invisalign aligner and saliva can also enter. Both of these scenarios lead to inconsistent and poor whitening results. Obviously, if gel can escape the Invisalign aligner, it is not able to do its job and can cause burning on the gums or a bitter taste in your mouth. Furthermore, if saliva can enter the Invisalign aligner, it will wash out the bleaching gel and can also degrade the active ingredient very quickly.
If you want to whiten your teeth and you are considering Invisalign, do it the right way! Try KoR Whitening at Keith Bracy, DDS. You will immediately see the difference between a Kor seal tray and an Invisalign aligner. One of the reasons why Kor is considered the most effective whitening system on the market, is because the whitening tray is so well made. Whitening gel cannot escape the Kor seal tray and saliva cannot enter it, thus the tooth is in contact with whitening gel all night, leading to outstanding results. Conversely, an Invisalign aligner was made to straighten teeth, not hold whitening gel against the tooth.
Professional whitening with Kor and Invisalign clear aligner treatment are a popular cosmetic treatment option at our Chelsea Dental office. There is nothing better looking in terms of cosmetic dentistry than white, straight teeth! Professionally whitened teeth that are well-aligned often offer a more natural look than other cosmetic options such as porcelain veneers since you retain your natural teeth. Kor Whitening plus Invisalign is more cost-efficient versus porcelain veneers, depending on how many veneers are needed.