There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately.
More specifically, our office utilizes KöR teeth whitening techniques. Developed by internationally renowned cosmetic dentist and bleaching expert, Dr. Rod Kurthy, the KöR Whitening Sytem is used by thousands of dentists worldwide and is widely considered to be the most reliable and effective whitening system ever developed.
The KöR Whitening system has proven to consistently produce whiter, brighter smiles in patients. In fact, the KöR system is so effective, it is the only recognized whitening system that whitens tetracycline-stained (dark) teeth in a short time (previously considered impossible). And due to its advanced formulation and continuous refrigeration of the whitening gels, there's little to no sensitivity during the whitening process.
The Unique KöR-Seal Trays
A key to the effectiveness of the KöR system are the unique KöR-Seal trays used for at-home whitening. These trays are made of thin clear flexible vinyl and are carefully fabricated to fit precisely to your teeth. Most patients find these trays extremely comfortable to wear and have no trouble sleeping with them. These unique KöR-Seal trays allow room for bleaching gel to be kept in contact with the teeth, and they seal at the gum line so that gel is not diluted, or washed away, by saliva. This ensures the maximum whitening results.
And the KöR Whitening System is perfect for patients of all ages, including teeagers and baby boomers.
How Does KöR Whitening Work?
The KöR Whitening System works by resoring your teeth's ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from KöR's whitening gel is absorbed deeply into your teeth, dissolving all stain molecules, leaving your teeth incredibly white. And KöR Whitening products have been clinically proven safe on thousands of patients without harming teeth or gums.
The KöR Whitening System is a safe, effective, and convenient cosmetic dentistry procedure that can improve the appearance of teeth to restore self-esteem and self-confidence.
So, if you're too embarrassed to smile, have dark-stained teeth, or just simply want a whiter smile, the KöR Whitening System offers the best in whitening science, and is by far the best whitening system available today.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.