Teeth Whitening: Learn Which Whitening Products Are Best For You!
Everyone appreciates a bright, white smile — and today, there are a dizzying array of teeth whitening products and procedures on the market, ranging from over-the-counter products in your local drugstore to more sophisticated clinical procedures available only from dentists.
So how can you tell which whitening procedures would be effective for you? Whiteners (which bleach discolored teeth) may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish-hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not effect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
Teeth Whitening Treatments
Our Preferred Treatment
Our office offers a whitening procedure that has been described as the most reliable and effective bleaching system ever developed. The new KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System is used by thousands of dentists worldwide in part because it is an easy process that is effective. This system even works on tetracycline-stained or dark teeth. We first take impressions of your teeth to create a custom tray. Over a two week period you whiten your teeth at home. There is a follow up office visit with our office and then periodic touch up. The result is beautiful, healthy and natural looking teeth. Patients who use this product have shown low to no sensitivity and the system is completely safe for teeth and gums.
Developed by internationally renowned cosmetic dentist and bleaching expert Dr. Rod Kurthy, the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System is used by thousands of dentists worldwide. It is considered to be the most reliable and effective bleaching system ever developed. KöR Whitening was ranked highest as the most effective, reliable way to whiten your teeth permanently, by a respected dental products journal. No other dental product of any type has ever been ranked higher than KöR Whitening, and KöR is the only whitening system to ever receive a rating of “Best Product”.
Other ‘Use-at-Home’ Whiteners
Alternatively, there are several other types of products you can use at home for teeth whitening. These are available from our office or purchased over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. Generally, these products contain peroxide(s), which actually bleach the tooth enamel, relying on carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent. Carbamide peroxide comes in several different concentrations (10, 16, and 22 percent solutions). Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Some products are to be used twice a day for 2 weeks, and others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. If you obtain the bleaching solution from our office, we will make a custom-fitted mouthguard for you that will fit your teeth precisely.
As with any medical procedure, you should speak with us if any side effects become bothersome. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution. In many cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation—either from a tray that doesn’t fit properly or from solution that may come in contact with the tissues. If you have any concerns about such side effects, don’t hesitate to contact us.
All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. “Teeth Whitening” toothpastes bearing the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, however, these products do not alter the intrinsic color of your teeth.
What causes tooth discoloration? There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, the consumption of tetracycline may also cause tooth discoloration. The good news is that now this yellowing is easily reversed. In recent years, procedures have been developed to whiten, or bleach, teeth. Hundreds of thousands of people have whitened their teeth over the last 10 years. Almost everyone can benefit from tooth whitening. People are drawn to your smile; a whiter smile can give you extra confidence or improve first impressions.
Want your teeth whitened by a professional? Set up an appointment and get your teeth whitened!