Cheek Retractors Vs Silicone Mouth Trays

Benefits of silicone mouth trays

BENEFITS OF SILICONE MOUTH TRAY OPENERS

Comfort
Silicone mouth openers are 100% food-grade silicone and are very safe and comfortable.  

Easy to use
The client simply slips the mouth tray into the mouth to hold the lips open for the treatment. 

Cons
Does not open the mouth as wide as the cheek retractor therefore not allowing as much access to the side teeth which may be visible when smiling.  If painting the gel into the mouth tray more will get onto the gum which may cause some irritation.  
 


Benefits of cheek retractors

BENEFITS OF CHEEK RETRACTORS

Easier Application of Gel
The Cheek retractor allows makes applying the whitening gel much easier.  The mouth is held fully open ensuring the gel can be applied to all teeth visible when smiling. 

Better LED Lamp Penetration
The cheek retractor also allows better penetration for the Accelerator lamp for all teeth, especially those at the side of the mouth.

Cons 
Cheek retractors can be a little tricky to insert and can be uncomfortable for some clients.

 


HOW TO USE SILICONE MOUTH TRAYS

Method 1 – Paint on Teeth Method
Silicone mouth trays can be used with paint on teeth method.  This is where the client applies the gel to the teeth with the whitening pen and then inserts the mouth tray to hold the mouth open.  This method is recommended to keep the gel from contact with the gums.

Method 2 – Mouth Tray Gel Application
Silicone mouth trays can be used to apply the gel as well as holding the mouth open.  Where the client does not wish to paint on the gel it can be applied to the mouth tray.  The client then inserts the tray and pushes it against their teeth with their fingers; this will apply a coating of gel to the teeth.  Although this method is simpler for the client it does allow the gel to go onto the gum tissue which is not ideal.  It is a good idea to have extra vitamin e swabs on hand if using this method as applying the vitamin e to the gum line before and after the treatment will help.

 


HOW TO USE CHEEK RETRACTORS

Cheek retractors are inserted into the mouth for application of teeth whitening gel and to hold the mouth open during the LED Accelerator teeth whitening treatment.

The cheek retractor is held like a smile with the arch up and goes in to the mouth with the larger flanges sitting inside the mouth behind the cheeks.  (See image)

Once the cheek retractor is inserted your client can then paint on the gel and is ready to recline and relax while the accelerator lamp works its magic.

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