You can have the confidence that comes from a bright, white smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a tooth-whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Tooth whitening is safe, effective and long-lasting. There are two main methods for obtaining excellent whitening results- a custom at-home kit or an in-office procedure.
Are you are thinking of also having other cosmetic improvements, such as crowns, porcelain veneers or new fillings to replace your old, discolored ones? If so, consider whitening your teeth first, and then any future restorations we make for you will be matched to your whitened teeth, giving you fantastic results.
Whitening is not the same for every patient. There are several protocols that our dentists can discuss with you and tailor to your unique set of needs.
Nighttime whitening is always more effective than daytime whitening. This option provides a great whitening result for the typical patient at the lowest cost. 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.
Treatment: 2 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening with KöR-Night 16% carbamide peroxide; and periodic at-home maintenance.
KöR MAX is 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 typical patient.
Treatment: 2 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening with KöR-Night 16% carbamide peroxide; a single in-office whitening visit utilizing KöR 34% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydremide Peroxide gel, and periodic at-home maintenance.
These are our most common whitening modalities. However, there are protocols that may treat more severe conditions such as fluorosis and tetracycline staining. Please ask to consult with one of our dentists to find which protocol is proper for you!
Q: I want my teeth to be whiter. Do you recommend at-home or in-office whitening?
A: Dentist-directed at-home whitening and in-office whitening procedures are both effective ways of brightening your smile. In either case, your dentist customizes the treatment to ensure your happiness with the results.
Your custom, home-whitening kit involves a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth. You also receive prescription whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. Drs. Wright, Luckenbaugh, and Townsend give you detailed instructions about how long you should wear the tray each day and you should expect the entire home whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a dazzling, bright smile.
If you desire immediate results, an in-office whitening procedure may be right for you. Again, the treatment utilizes a special tray that fits around your teeth. However, with your dentist’s supervision, a much more powerful whitening gel is used, giving you amazing results in just a few hours!
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