Teeth whitening can brighten your smile several shades, erasing years of stains and yellowing in as little as one appointment or in just a few weeks with take-home whitening. Whiter teeth tend to make patients look younger and feel more confident about their smiles. A simple teeth whitening treatment may be all you need to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Schedule a consultation at Monarch Dental Arts today!
Your teeth have pores, just like a sponge, which causes them to absorb stains.
At your consultation, you’ll discuss your needs with your dentist. If teeth whitening isn’t right for your situation, they can provide alternatives for you. But if teeth whitening is the best option, they will provide a treatment plan that allows you to achieve your desired level of brightness.
To start your at-home teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Anna will take a digital scan of your teeth to fabricate your own unique, ultra-comfortable KoR-SealTM Whitening Tray.
Once your custom trays have been built, you’ll come back into our office to get your trays from your dentist, as well as a set of whitening products and instructions on how to use your whitening trays. Then, you’ll simply follow these instructions and whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.
KöR Whitening is one of the best selling teeth whitening systems, and with good reason. Because of its versatility and overall effectiveness, KöR at-home whitening allows you to brighten your smile in the way that suits your needs and lifestyle. With both take-home and in-office options, its teeth whitening on your terms.
For patients looking to whiten their smiles in the comfort of their own homes, we offer both KöR-Day™ or KöR-Night™ options for subtle, gradual treatment that results in a brighter smile in just 2 weeks. Nighttime whitening is the most cost-effective and convenient option, as it allows you to whiten your teeth while you sleep.
Daytime whitening is worn for shorter periods, making it a great option for patients with existing teeth sensitivity, or for those who prefer not to wear trays while they sleep.For patients who desire quicker results, KöR in-office whitening can brighten your grin by multiple shades in a single visit. We can even combine in-office and at-home whitening treatments to treat stubborn stains and help you achieve your ideal smile.
Sensitivity after whitening is normal, but should subside within a few days.
Professional teeth whitening that is overseen and administered by a qualified dentist will never damage your teeth. Your dentist will ensure that you get the proper whitening products and that you do not over whiten your teeth.
However, it is possible to damage the teeth by over whitening them. The peroxide-based whiteners used in the teeth whitening process can weaken the teeth and damage the enamel if they are not used properly, or are used too frequently.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to avoid over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening kits from sources like Amazon and other websites, which could contain dangerously-high levels of peroxide.
If you do not want to pay for professional teeth whitening services from your dentist, make sure you only use ADA-approved whitening products like Crest Whitestrips. ADA-approved products have relatively low concentrations of peroxide, so the risk of enamel damage from over-whitening is much lower.
There are two categories of teeth whitening products that actually work.
The first are abrasive whiteners, such as toothpaste that contains baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and other very mild abrasives. These abrasives work similarly to sandpaper, rubbing plaque and surface stains away from your teeth. These abrasive whiteners work on minor stains, but the abrasive is not strong enough to damage enamel.
It is recommended that you avoid charcoal toothpaste, which has abrasives that may be hard enough to damage your enamel with frequent use. Stick to an ADA-approved whitening toothpaste product.
The second category of teeth whitening products that actually work are chemical whiteners that contain peroxide. These are available both from dentists and over-the-counter, but it’s best to work with a dentist to get your desired results, and ensure that your teeth are not damaged by over whitening.
To explore your options in further detail and make sure you choose a safe, effective teeth whitening product, get in touch with your dentist for a consult.
The precise reason that whitening causes sensitivity is not fully known, but the leading theory is that it’s due to “dentinal microtubules.” These extremely small, microscopic channels in our teeth connect the exterior of the tooth enamel to the interior nerve, allowing us to feel sensations in our teeth.
The theory is that, since peroxide-based whiteners weaken the enamel very slightly, this exposes the microtubules, which become much more sensitive. Then, as the enamel remineralizes and becomes stronger after the whitening process is over, they are sealed up again, and no longer feel overly sensitive. This would explain why the sensitivity caused by teeth whitening typically only lasts for a few days.
Dental work, like crowns, bridges and veneers, cannot be whitened.