Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. It is generally done by exposing your teeth to whitening agents that remove stains and discolorations from your teeth. Teeth whitening agents usually contain hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient.
Why Would I Need Teeth Whitening?
The outer layer of your teeth (enamel) gets coated with thin layers of stains during the process of your daily routine, such as eating and drinking, which can cause them to look dull and yellow. Aging, tea, coffee, and tobacco use are also culprits that can cause staining on tooth surfaces.
It is also possible to have intrinsic stains on the teeth. Intrinsic stains, unlike surface stains, are inside the tooth. Intrinsic stains can be caused by factors such as the exposure to too much fluoride as a child while the teeth are still developing. Teeth whitening is mostly done to get rid of surface stains, but we may be able to make some progress with intrinsic stains for some patients.
How is Teeth Whitening Done?
Teeth whitening is a relatively safe, quick, and inexpensive procedure. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to hear about our professional whitening options. You can choose between in-office or take-home teeth whitening. Also, you can decide to whiten only your upper teeth, lower teeth, or your full smile depending on how much your teeth show.
Our in-office whitening treatment is completed in just one visit, and most patients achieve their desired level of whiteness in an hour or less.
For take-home whitening, we’ll take an impression of your teeth that will be used to craft application trays (stents). The stents are used to hold the bleaching gel or solution against your teeth. The whitening kit will usually be ready in a couple of days. You will need to use it for a predetermined amount of time each day as directed until you achieve your desired whitening results.
What Can I Expect From Teeth Whitening?
In minimum time, teeth whitening can dramatically improve the look of your teeth – and your smile!
What Are The Risks & Concerns?
- Whitening is not known to cause any serious side effects.
- Some people may experience temporary increased teeth sensitivity or temporary mild gum irritation.
- Whitening will not work on exposed tooth roots that do not have an enamel layer or on crowns or veneers. These restorations will need to be replaced with lighter matching color shades.
- If the bleaching solution comes in contact with the inner parts of the teeth, it can damage your teeth or cause sensitivity. Before doing any teeth whitening, we’ll carefully examine your teeth for cavities and treat them to help protect your smile.
KOR Deep Bleaching™
For both our in-office and take-home whitening treatments, we only use KOR Deep Bleaching. This is because, unlike most other whitening treatments (professional or otherwise), it is actually able to eliminate both surface AND intrinsic stains, giving you a much deeper treatment and a dramatically whiter result. Plus, the gel is specifically formulated with fluoride so that it actually strengthens your teeth as it works in order to prevent any post-treatment sensitivity.Learn More about KOR Whitening
ZOOM! Teeth Whitening
With the power of professional-strength whitening gel and a state-of-the-art light, our doctors are capable of improving your smile’s shade by several degrees through ZOOM! Better yet, this process can be completed over the course of a single appointment at our office locations, which is perfect for patients who want to give their appearance a fresh boost on a strict deadline.