Teeth whitening or bleaching products brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age or injury. There are a variety of in-office and take-home teeth whitening products to reduce or eliminate such stains.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening, also called chairside bleaching, takes place during a series of appointments at a dentist’s office. Advantages of in-office teeth whitening over take-home whitening include:
- Professional supervision
- Safe and simple
- No sensitivity
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Products
Take-home bleaching solutions can help improve the color and overall brightness of teeth. These kits are simpler and less expensive than, and can be just as effective as, in-office treatments. Dentists provide patients with customized impression trays, whitening powder and whitening gel, the use of which improves the appearance of teeth over just a few days.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products
Various over-the-counter products, such as whitening toothpastes and bleaching strips, are advertised as being effective teeth-whiteners. However, although based on the same science as professional bleaching, the concentration of effective ingredients tends to be much lower, lengthening treatment time and often not providing the level of whitening desired.
Whitening procedures are effective but not permanent. Depending on the procedure used, whitening may fade over time. Patients are advised to avoid food and drinks that may stain or darken teeth.
Philips ZOOM® Whitening
Philips ZOOM® whitening is a complete tooth whitening system. Philips ZOOM whitening offers safe, effective and fast brightening results, with the addedbenefit of even greater whitening power and less tooth sensitivity. Philips ZOOM whitening is fast and powerful, brightening teeth by up to eight shades in just 45 minutes with no trays or strips.
Philips ZOOM whitening is an in-office treatment completed in a single visit. During the appointment the dentist will apply a gentle, hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel to the teeth. The gel is then exposed to a special high-intensity light. After the treatment, teeth will be up to eight or ten shades whiter.
Philips ZOOM whitening also offers companion at-home whitening maintenance products, to maintain the luster and brightness between dentist treatments.
Dentist supervised whitening is one of the safest and most conservative cosmetic dental treatments available. The most common side effect is an increased tooth sensitivity to cold for one to three days after treatment.
KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching System
The KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching System is a teeth-whitening treatment that, according to its manufacturer’s website, permanently whitens teeth. It features a bleaching gel that restores the ability of the teeth to absorb oxygen, which helps the gel to dissolve stain molecules.
Developed by Dr. Rod Kurthy, the system can be used by nearly anyone who wants to whiten the color of her or his teeth. Patients ranging from 14 to 90 years old have achieved good results.
The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System Process
The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System involves making molds of a patient’s teeth, which are then used to create bleaching trays. Because they are custom-made for each patient, the trays are comfortable, and fit snugly enough to seal the gel inside.
Most patients do not experience any pain or discomfort during this treatment. The trays are custom-fitted for each patient’s mouth, and the gel is composed of materials designed to eliminate any risk of sensitivity.
KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System Results
After treatment, patients may experience whitening of 16 or more shades. The results of KöR Whitening should be permanent as long as patients keep up with the recommended at-home maintenance. Drinking coffee, tea and red wine, or using tobacco, should not alter the color of the teeth.
KöR treatment is considered safe for all patients, and poses no major risks. Crowns, veneers or fillings may need to be replaced because bleach does not whiten prosthetic materials.
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