If you are interested in whitening your teeth, a quick internet search will tell you that there are many whitening products and procedures on the market. Not all of these treatments are worth their cost due to their painful side effects or limited whitening capabilities. Here at Ultimate Smile Design, we offer the teeth whitening treatment that works best.
Let’s review the most popular whitening systems, their benefits, and their drawbacks.
Types of Teeth Whitening
Whitening toothpaste works by removing surface stains rather than bleaching the tooth. This method does not damage the teeth and is a good option for sensitive teeth. Toothpaste is also much less expensive than whitening trays or in-office visits. However, many are unsatisfied with whitening toothpaste since it doesn’t produce a very dramatic or noticeable effect.
These thin hydrogen peroxide lined strips of plastic are the most common form of teeth whitening. They are worn for about 30 minutes a day for two weeks. This method is affordable and easy, and it may be a good option if your enamel has minor staining or yellowing.
There are two types of teeth whitening trays; pre-made and custom-made. Whitening trays are filled with a strong hydrogen peroxide lightening gel and worn for about an hour every day. Pre-made trays come in one size to fit a wide range of people. This is a drawback because if the tray does not fit your teeth correctly, the gel can leak out and cause irritation to your gums. Saliva can also enter the tray and break down the gel, lessening its effect. On the other hand, custom-made trays are more effective because they maintain a higher concentration of the whitening agent, hydrogen peroxide.
Why Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening Works Best
Hydrogen peroxide is made up of water, oxygen, and bleaching factors, or free radicals, which are lightening agents. Hydrogen peroxide is effective because it can easily pass into the teeth and break down the complex molecules that cause staining of the enamel and dentin. The safety features included in whitening treatments offered by dentists allow them to use whitening gels with a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide.
KöR Teeth Whitening
At Ultimate Smile Design, we trust the KöR teeth whitening system and offer it to our patients to eliminate stains from food, beverages, smoking, and medications. KöR uses high-potency hydrogen peroxide gel to lighten teeth. KöR gel is chemically influenced to produce a high percentage of free radicals, which allow for stronger lightening. The gel diffuses through the teeth and cleanses the debris that hides within the enamel.
KöR is more effective than other hydrogen peroxide treatments because it uses KöR-Seal™ trays, which are specifically designed to prevent saliva and sulcular fluids from contaminating and destroying the potency of the lightening gel. Because of their unique seal and the strength of the treatment gel, the KöR whitening system provides 6-10 hours of whitening activity compared to the average 30 minutes of other trays. We recommend KöR treatments as an effective whitening treatment that does not cause sensitivity or irritation.
If you are looking for teeth whitening services in Palm Bay, Florida, please contact us for an appointment. We’d be happy to consult you on the best teeth whitening options.