Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves removing stains and discolorations from the teeth to improve their appearance. There are several methods of teeth whitening, including in-office treatments, take-home kits, and over-the-counter products.
In-office teeth whitening treatments are performed by a dental professional and usually involve the application of a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to the teeth, followed by exposure to a special light or laser to accelerate the whitening process. This type of treatment can be completed in a single session and can achieve dramatic results.
Take-home teeth whitening kits are also available from dentists and typically include custom-fitted trays and a lower concentration of bleaching agent than in-office treatments. These kits are used over a period of several days to weeks and can achieve similar results to in-office treatments but over a longer period of time.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products, such as whitening toothpaste, strips, and gels, are widely available in drugstores and supermarkets. These products contain a lower concentration of bleaching agent than professional treatments and may take longer to achieve noticeable results.
Teeth whitening is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified dental professional. However, it may not be suitable for everyone, particularly those with certain types of dental restorations or underlying dental issues. It’s important to discuss your options with a dental professional to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. A few benefits of teeth whitening include:
More Youthful Appearance
Non-invasive way to improve your smile
KOR Teeth Whitening
KOR whitening is a professional teeth whitening system that uses a combination of in-office and at-home treatments to achieve dramatic and long-lasting results. The KOR system is known for its ability to effectively whiten even the toughest stains, such as those caused by tetracycline use or fluorosis.
The KOR whitening process involves several steps:
- Consultation: Before beginning treatment, your dentist will evaluate your teeth and discuss your goals to determine if KOR whitening is the right option for you.
- In-office treatment: The first step in the KOR whitening process is an in-office treatment that uses a high-concentration hydrogen peroxide gel to jump-start the whitening process.
- At-home treatment: Following the in-office treatment, you will be given a custom-fitted tray and a lower-concentration whitening gel to use at home. The tray is worn overnight for several weeks to gradually whiten the teeth.
- Final touch-up: After the at-home treatment is complete, you will return to the dentist for a final touch-up to ensure optimal results.
The KOR system is known for its ability to minimize sensitivity, which can be a common side effect of teeth whitening. The system includes desensitizing agents to help minimize sensitivity during and after treatment.
Overall, KOR whitening is a highly effective and safe teeth whitening system that can achieve dramatic and long-lasting results, even for tough stains. It is important to discuss your options with a qualified dental professional to determine if KOR whitening is the right option for you.
Selecting a proper KOR whitening system
After performing your initial exam, we would recommend a KöR Whitening System that best suits their needs. A few differences between these systems are listed below. There are many whitening systems to choose from. All whitening systems require periodic at-home maintenance to ensure lasting results.
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KöR HOME Whitening Systems
The KöR HOME Whitening Systems offer at-home whitening that consistently produces amazing results. KöR Home systems are available for nighttime whitening as well as daytime whitening.
Nighttime whitening is always more effective than daytime whitening. This option provides a great whitening result for the average patient at the lowest cost.
Treatment: KöR Impression; fabrication of KöR-Seal Whitening Trays; 2 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening with KöR-Night 16% carbamide peroxide; and periodic at-home maintenance.
The daytime at-home whitening system is for those patients who prefer not to wear or are unable to wear KöR-Seal Whitening Trays during sleep. KöR-DAY may also be used for the super-sensitive patient who can only tolerate wearing whitening trays for very short periods.
Treatment: KöR Impression; fabrication of KöR-Seal Whitening Trays; 2 or more weeks of at-home daytime whitening once or twice a day with KöR-DAY 9% hydrogen peroxide; and periodic at-home maintenance
KöR MAX Whitening System
A versatile and super-effective whitening system that combines at-home whitening with a single in-office whitening visit. This option provides the very best possible whitening result for the average patient.
Treatment: KöR Impression; fabrication of KöR-Seal Whitening Trays; 2 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening with KöR-NIGHT 16% carbamide peroxide; in-office whitening visit utilizing KöR 34% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydremide Peroxide gel with retractors and paint-on gingival barrier; and periodic at-home maintenance.
KöR ULTRA Whitening System
Astonishing whitening results in stubborn cases such as fluorosis and dark geriatric staining.
Treatment: KöR Impression; fabrication of KöR-Seal Whitening Trays; in-office conditioning visit utilizing KöR 13% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydremide Peroxide gel delivered in KöR-Seal Whitening Trays (no need for retractors or paint-on gingival barrier); 3-4 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening; in-office whitening visit utilizing KöR 34% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydremide Peroxide gel with retractors and paint-on gingival barrier; and periodic at-home maintenance.
KöR ULTRA-T Whitening System
Specifically developed to deliver exceptional results on cases of tetracycline staining.
Treatment: KöR Impression; fabrication of KöR-Seal Whitening Trays; in-office conditioning visit utilizing KöR 13% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydremide Peroxide gel delivered in KöR-Seal Whitening Trays (no need for retractors or paint-on gingival barrier); 6-8 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening; in-office whitening visit utilizing KöR 34% Dual-Activated, Tri- Barrel Hydremide Peroxide gel with retractors and paint-on gingival barrier; and periodic at-home maintenance.
KöR IN-OFFICE POWER Whitening System
Though no in-office-only whitening system is scientifically capable of predictable, long-lasting results, KöR’s constant refrigeration and Tri-Barrel delivery system greatly enhance the ability to rapidly penetrate tooth microstructure and provide the most effective in-office whitening possible. This option may be used for patients who object to wearing whitening trays at home; however, they should understand that whitening results of any in-office-only power whitening system are more unpredictable than other options and may need to be repeated in the future to maintain the whiteness.
Treatment: In-office whitening visit utilizing KöR 34% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydremide Peroxide gel with retractors and paint-on gingival barrier.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Teeth whitening can effectively remove many types of stains, including those caused by coffee, tea, wine, and tobacco use. However, some types of stains, such as those caused by certain medications or underlying dental issues, may not be responsive to whitening treatments.
When performed correctly, teeth whitening should not damage enamel. However, overuse or misuse of whitening products can potentially harm enamel or cause sensitivity.
The longevity of teeth whitening results varies from person to person and depends on factors such as diet, oral hygiene habits, and lifestyle factors such as smoking. In general, professional teeth whitening can last anywhere from several months to a few years, but touch-up treatments may be necessary to maintain results.
In general, teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, it is always best to check with your individual insurance provider to confirm coverage.
Teeth whitening is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified dental professional. However, some people may experience temporary sensitivity or discomfort during or after treatment.
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