How Teeth Become Discolored
As we mentioned above, teeth naturally become discolored with age. For the most part, this is the result of exposure to staining organic molecules that get trapped in the tooth enamel. These stain molecules come from many sources, such as:
- Red wine
- Dark beer
- Smokeless tobacco
Once these stain molecules get trapped in the tooth enamel, they won’t respond to tooth brushing. Toothpastes that claim to remove these stains often remove tooth enamel with them.
But teeth whitening uses chemicals that break down the stain molecules without damaging the tooth enamel itself. This leaves your teeth whiter while your teeth stay healthy.
KöR Deep Bleaching
But if you are looking to achieve maximum whitening for your teeth, KöR Deep Bleaching may be the best option for you. KöR Deep Bleaching is an at-home whitening system. We will manufacture custom whitening trays for your teeth. We will give you whitening compound that you will put in the whitening trays. You wear the trays overnight to whiten your teeth.
Although your teeth will not be dramatically whiter right away, over time your teeth will whiten, and, ultimately, you will achieve a brighter white than you can achieve with in-office whitening. And by wearing the trays periodically, you can maintain your results permanently.
Opalescence Teeth Whitening Systems
Opalescence is a teeth whitening system offering in-office and at-home whitening solutions: Opalescence Boost and Opalescence Go.
Your Wichita Falls cosmetic dentist, Dr. Green, applies Opalescence Boost at our office. It doesn’t use harsh lighting that might create tooth sensitivity in some patients. The whitening occurs due to a chemical reaction in a gel that contains potassium nitrate and fluoride. You’ll notice visible whitening within an hour of leaving our office! To achieve maximum whitening, you may need two or three 20-minute treatments.
Opalescence Go is an at-home teeth whitening solution. They are pre-filled professional-grade whitening trays for our busy patients who would prefer to whiten their teeth at home. The trays fit any smile and come in 15% and 10% hydrogen peroxide solutions. Wear for 15 – 20 minutes for 5 – 10 days or 30 – 60 minutes for 5 – 10 days, respectively.
Opalescence Boost and Opalescence Go are certified gluten-free, so if you have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, this whitening system is for you. Our teeth whitening systems give Witchita Falls residents white, sparkling teeth whether you choose in-office or at-home teeth whitening.
Benefits of Professional Whitening
These days, you can find teeth whitening products at every grocery store and drugstore. However, there are many reasons to get professional whitening instead. With professional whitening you get:
- An evaluation of the health of your teeth
- An estimate of the likely effectiveness of whitening
- Stronger whitening compounds
- Better fitting whitening trays
- Monitoring of progress and adjustment as necessary
Getting a dentist to evaluate your teeth before starting treatment allows you to know if it’s healthy for you and whether it is likely to be effective. Professional teeth whitening tends to get better results than at-home whitening. The teeth are universally whitened, and the level of whitening achieved is brighter. That’s due to the stronger whitening compounds and the better-fitting whitening trays.
Having a dentist to monitor your whitening progress allows you to get adjustments to the formula to improve whitening or reduce sensitivity.
What If Whitening Doesn’t Work?
If your teeth have become discolored because of staining chemicals in food or tobacco, it should respond to teeth whitening. But if your teeth have become discolored due to erosion of the tooth enamel, changes in the tooth enamel, injury to the tooth, or other factors. In that case, we may recommend other approaches, such as porcelain veneers.
Learn the Best Choice for Your Whiter Teeth
Are you looking for whiter teeth? We can help. Please call 940-322-2252 or contact us today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, TX.