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What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening are one of the many procedures in cosmetic dentistry, and there are a number of systems in use to whiten teeth. The system we use at Chandler Dental, and the one we really recommend is called the KOR Teeth Bleaching system. This system is much better than the others out there because it actually works. We recommend KOR so highly because we have used it ourselves and on many patients with great results. The tooth whitening system even lightens and whitens tetracycline stained teeth, which are difficult to whiten.
The drawbacks of teeth whitening systems such as Zoom, which we don’t offer at Chandler Dentistry, are that they don’t work that well. Those systems only dehydrate the teeth, make the teeth look whiter for a week or two, and then the teeth will go back to their original shade. In short, the results are very short term and more treatments are required, because the teeth haven’t really been whitened. With the KOR system, the patient wears the custom-made trays for six to eights hours a day on their teeth. The special gel placed in the trays goes through your enamel and breaks down stains, including intrinsic staining, which make the results last. Many other tooth whitening systems cause a lot of sensitivities for patients. The KOR system however does not cause sensitivity. We at Chandler Dentistry have developed a de-sensitizer for before and after the treatment, thus eliminating that sensitivity allowing patients can wear trays for six to eight hours and see excellent results.
With other teeth whitening systems, take home trays usually have the bleach leak out during use. However, with the KOR Teeth Bleaching system, we’ve developed a technology where we fabricate bleaching trays from which the bleach does not escape and stays on the teeth. The main benefit is that the system really works and the results last. With KOR, a patient can whiten their teeth up to 10 shades. We’ve seen those results here at the office. The whole procedure takes about two weeks, and you can see the initial results overnight.
Want to learn more? Visit Chandler Dentistry’s video gallery to view an educational tooth whitening video.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening procedures have been in use for many years and have been proven safe, and not shown to cause any serious side effects, including pain or damage. Teeth may be more sensitive for a day or two after professional whitening, and some patients experience mild gum irritation depending on the tooth whitening technique used. Since the procedure is considered cosmetic, it’s recommended that pregnant women not have their teeth bleached.
Is professional teeth whitening expensive?
The cost of professional whitening depends on the products used and the part of the country where the procedure is performed. Generally speaking, a professional teeth whitening session costs about $500. Most dentists also offer a tooth whitening system for home use, including custom-fitted trays, for patients who prefer to whiten in private, or to help maintain results achieved in the office. This procedure usually costs around $400.
How quickly can you have your teeth whitened?
Depending on the whitening system used, results can appear immediately or take several weeks to be noticeable:
- In-office “chair-side” whitening: Usually requires only one office visit and results are immediate
- At-home whitening: The power of the bleaching agent is lower than what your dentist uses, so it can take several days to a month to provide noticeable results, depending on the product.
- Whitening toothpaste: Unlike bleaching systems, these products don’t change the color of teeth, but only remove stains on the surface. Some limited results are possible when used consistently over time.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
Even the best professional dental whitening is not permanent. The whiteness can begin to fade in as little as a month, especially from coffee, tea, red wine or smoking habits. However, patients who take good care of their teeth and avoid major sources of staining may not need another whitening session for six to 12 months.
Is teeth whitening painful?
Some people experience tooth sensitivity when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin, which can irritate the tooth nerve. Teeth whitening products can also irritate the gums and make them sensitive. All these effects are usually temporary. Of real concern is overuse of whiteners, which can damage tooth enamel and gums. So it’s important to discuss any oral sensitivity or injury with the dentist.
Visit Chandler Dentistry in Chandler, AZ today to let our dental experts give you the smile of your dreams! Contact us here to schedule your tooth whitening treatment today.