Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using at home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Our office utilizes a whitening system that has been widely recognized as the world’s most effective teeth whitening system. KöR whitening offers cost-effective solutions from phenomenal home whitening for average patients, to astonishing treatment of tetracycline cases and everything in-between. While most whitening gels and systems are only active for up to 35 minutes, KöR whitening KöR-Seal™ trays are specifically designed to seal both saliva and sulcular fluid out of the whitening trays. These trays, in combination with KöR whitening gels, provide 6 to 10 hours of whitening activity compared to the typical 25-35 minutes of other systems.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Yellow, brown stained teeth
What does teeth whitening involve?
This type of teeth whitening usually requires three visits. At the first appointment, impressions or a digital scan will be made of your teeth to fabricate customized trays. Our doctors will discuss what type of whitening is best for you and decide on the type.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit. Our staff will review the appropriate way to utilized KöR whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
At the third appointment, our doctors will obtain final photographs and shade and show you the progress that has been made! You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.