Teeth Whitening Options and Side Effects 2018-04-09T11:06:55+00:00

Teeth Whitening

We all want a bright white, healthy smile, and there are a multitude of products on the market to help us get there. But what works best and how do they get the job done? Here are some things to know before choosing your whitening option.

How Teeth Whitening Works

Teeth Whitening TrayAll whitening products use Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) in some form, be it pure or in a less broken down state known as Carbamide Peroxide, to achieve their goal. This oxides the molecules that help to form stains under the surface of your enamel. The stronger the concentration of H2O2, the faster your teeth will whiten.

Not everything will whiten equally. We typically see the best results on yellow/brown extrinsic staining. This kind of staining works from the outside in, and usually comes from things like smoking, red wine, and coffee. Intrinsic stains and gray staining tend to be less receptive to whitening. Also immune are any restorations your dentist has performed. Whatever color those fillings are, that’s where they’ll stay!

Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

Whitening is completely safe! The only real risks associated with the use of these products are teeth sensitivity and gingival irritation, which should cease upon discontinuation of use. If you’ve experienced sensitivity in the past, it’s a good idea to begin using sensitivity toothpaste (we like Sensodyne) 1-2 weeks before you begin using your whitening product. Varying the duration and frequency of treatment, while often resulting in a longer whitening process, can also help keep sensitivity at bay.

Teeth Whitening Options at Strobel Dentistry

Custom Whitening Trays

We’ll take impressions of your teeth to fabricate trays that fit you perfectly. The trays come with four syringes of bleaching gel upon delivery and an additional four over the course of your first year. Initial whitening with these trays typically takes 2 weeks. A lengthier option, but ultimately what we find to have the longest lasting effects. Like the sound of this? Ask about our Whitening for Life program to get FREE gel!

KöR Whitening

Our most comprehensive option, KöR involves two weeks of overnight whitening at home, an intensive in-office session, and a monthly maintenance program thereafter. This ensures a more permanent white by fully flooding the stains with bleaching agents and restores teeth to their youthful ability to whiten easily. Recommended for patients with particularly tough whitening cases, patients seeking ultra white or those with tetracycline stains, KöR’s patented custom trays and constantly refrigerated gel = dazzling results!

Microabrasion

This all-inclusive treatment is recommended for a patient suffering from internal stains. Done only in conjunction with our KöR whitening, it begins with a 2-week session of at home whitening using custom fitted trays. That is followed by a session of microabrasion, which uses a rough paste to help remove deeper stains from the teeth. Immediately after we perform a KöR in-office treatment, and finish with additional gel for at home touch-ups.

In-Office Whitening

This one-hour appointment will give you the most immediate, noticeable whitening effect of any of our options. These results don’t last quite as long as more gradual whitening achieved with custom trays, but this option is perfect for last minute whitening needs.