Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive procedure used to change the colour of tooth enamel that has become darkened or stained. There are many reasons that teeth may become discoloured including:
- Dark food or drinks – e.g. wine, coffee, berries, soy sauce
- Medication – tetracycline or some antihistamines
- Age – enamel often breaks down over time allowing the underlying dentin, which has a natural yellow or brown colour, to show through
- Genetics – some people naturally have brighter or thicker enamel then others
- Excessive fluoride – high doses of fluoride may result in white spots
Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to take into account the replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
We offer both the KöR Deep Bleaching in-office and Discus Dental’s NiteWhite take-home whitening systems:
KöR Deep Bleaching System
Developed by internationally renowned cosmetic dentist and bleaching expert Dr. Rod Kurthy, the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System is used by thousands of dentists worldwide. It is considered to be the most reliable and effective bleaching system ever developed. KöR can whiten teeth dramatically – 16 shades or more! It is the only recognized whitening system that whitens even tetracycline-stained teeth in a short time (previously thought to be impossible).
KöR provides consistent results. In most cases, the KöR whitening gel produces little to no sensitivity and patients do not experience discomfort. Also with easy, occasional maintenance at home, the results are maintained, even if you drink tea, coffee, or red wine.
The first appointment involves taking molds of your teeth to fabricate your own unique and comfortable bleaching trays. You and the dentist will select what brightening level is right for you. Next you will have an initial whitening treatment and take home your custom-made trays and will wear them overnight for approximately 2 weeks. Finally, you return to our office for one last whitening treatment and leave with WOW added to your appearance. For more information and testimonials about the KöR Whitening System, please visit their website at www.korwhitening.com.
POLA In-Office Whitening
Polaoffice+’s unique formulation dissolves and releases the active whitening ingredient immediately to iniate the whitening process. By breaking down and releasing the perioxide ions fast, the whitening process is triggered and does not require UV light therapy to accelerate the process. Polaoffice+ contains the fastest bleach available to safely whiten teeth in 30 minutes at a neutral pH to protect your tooth and gums.
At your appointment we will take a shade check and prepare your teeth for the whitening application. A gingival barrier will be placed to further protect the gums. A thin layer of the product is applied and can easily be wiped away. After your whitening treatment a soothing gel is applied. Impressions for customs trays can be taken for patients who wish to touch up their whitening in the future.
POLA Take-Home Whitening System
POLA take-home is a convenient tooth whitening solution that contains fluoride which remineralizes your teeth to protect against sensitivity and POLA desensitizing technology to protect the nerves and nerve endings in your gums.
Custom whitening trays to use the system will generally require two visits. At the first appointment, impressions are made of your teeth to fabricate clear plastic trays.
At your second appointment, you try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments are made if needed. The trays are worn with a special whitening solution once a day for 45 minutes for 10-14 days depending on the degree of staining and your desired level of whitening. It’s normal to experience some tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it subsides shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions to take with you for your teeth and trays. Refill kits of whitening gel can be obtained from our office for when you want a touch up.