Whitening your teeth is a wonderful, non-invasive, and relatively inexpensive way to improve your smile! There are many ways to whiten your teeth, including toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, strips, and trays.
Over the Counter Strips
Many companies offer over the counter strips and other delivery methods that you can buy at a retail store. These are a one-size-fits-all strip that may work if you have mild tooth discoloration. At our office, we have Crest Whitestrips Supreme available, which have a higher strength formula than available at a store.
If we decide to start your whitening with this product and you are not satisfied with the results that you obtain from these basic strips, we can progress to a custom tray tooth whitening system and we will credit the cost of the over the counter strips you purchased from us toward the cost of custom whitening trays. What a great deal; you can’t lose!
Traditional Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
Tray-based tooth whiteners use custom trays that are made at our office to specifically fit your teeth and are used in the comfort of your own home. The trays are filled with a whitening solution, which contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The trays are usually worn for a couple of hours a day or every night for up to four weeks. Treatment length depends on the degree of discoloration of the teeth and the desired level of whitening.
The whitening procedure can be done at home and requires no additional appointments or procedures. Typically, the results of whitening with this method will last for a year or more! If you want to touch up your teeth whitening in the future, you can use your same custom tray with new bleaching product to further brighten up your smile.
For darker discoloration and teeth with childhood antibiotic staining from tetracycline, KoR whitening offers a more intensive whitening system for improved results on teeth that have failed to lighten with other whitening systems in the past. This usually involves a combination of in-office and at-home whitening. For more information, speak with us at your next appointment or schedule a consultation with us.
Will my teeth become sensitive during or after whitening?
It is common to experience increased tooth sensitivity during whitening your teeth. Although this is an unfortunate side-effect, the good news is that it is temporary! We also have desensitizing gel available that you can place in your custom whitening trays to help minimize sensitivity. Within a few days to a few weeks following whitening, your teeth return to their normal level of temperature sensitivity, which varies from person to person.
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