When the world slowed down during COVID and many began to work from home using meeting platforms like Zoom, an unexpected thing happened: People began taking more notice of their smiles on screen, and some noticed things they were unhappy with. A common issue many have is discolored teeth, and now that masks are coming off, it has led to a surge in the use of self whitening products. Unfortunately, the effects of over-the-counter whitening products on your teeth can be disappointing. Most aren’t strong enough to break through a lot of the stain that accumulates on our teeth over time. That can lead to impatience, and even overuse of the products, which can be harmful to your teeth and gums.
While whitening trays and strips work by soaking the teeth in bleaching agents, whitening toothpastes must work faster. They rely on abrasives to rid the teeth of surface stains. Unlike trays and strips that can bleach deep within a tooth, toothpastes can reach only the surface. Whitening toothpastes use abrasive particles to “scrub” the stains from your teeth, but the harshness of these particles can inadvertently remove significant amounts of enamel from the tooth’s surface.
A more effective form of whitening is the use of high potency whitening gels, but even this method has challenges. The bleaching agent used in whitening gels, hydrogen peroxide, is most effective when it has been refrigerated from the point of manufacturing to application, so many over the counter trays and strips can lose effectiveness on the shelf. In addition, optimal whitening with trays occurs with a precise tray fit, so that saliva is prevented from interfering with and breaking down the peroxide.
Dentist-supervised teeth whitening has been proven the safest and most effective way to eliminate stains and reveal your bright, youthful smile. We started using the KOR Whitening System because it was first whitening system that understood the science of whitening teeth. The system is based on precise fitting trays and highly active whitening gel. To whiten teeth the whitening gel must be reactive at room temperature. KOR gel is manufactured and shipped refrigerated to keep it stable. When the gel is placed in the trays and warms it becomes highly active! KOR Whitening results in lasting whitening of the teeth. With occasional touch ups (one night every few months or so), results are designed to be permanent.
If you are ready to whiten your teeth, or want to improve the appearance of your smile by changing the color and shape of individual teeth, check out our section on Cosmetic Dentistry. Or call and schedule an appointment right away to get started on a new, brighter smile!