Professional teeth whitening can quickly and effectively lighten your teeth to a brilliant sheen. For many, a brighter smile means improved self-confidence and greater enthusiasm for living life to its fullest.
Why do teeth change color?
There are several causes of tooth discoloration, including food and drinks like coffee, tea, wine and tobacco. Medications and disease can also cause discoloration, and your teeth naturally darken with age.
How does Teeth Whitening work?
Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Teeth Whitening
First, for the most part, it is safe. Most any product you can get from a pharmacy is ok to use. We strongly discourage people from buying products from unknown companies on the internet or eBay though. There is very little monitoring of these products and many of the companies making them are fly by night. Beware of individuals selling name brand gels and creams too. Especially if it is something you can only get from a dentist. These products typically have a short shelf life and need to be handled and transported carefully or they are rendered useless. Most important is the fact that some chemicals can cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums
The best way to get your teeth whitened is at your dentist’s office. The dentist can make sure that you are a good candidate and determine which type of whitening would be the most appropriate for you.
Professional Teeth Whitening Options
In our office, we have many different options for whitening your teeth as well as maintaining the result. Teeth whitening can be like getting a tan or coloring your hair. It may not be a onetime thing that lasts forever. You may get spectacular results with professional or over the counter teeth whitening products, but it is important to consider how you will keep that color over long periods of time. This is especially important if you are having any dental work done like dental crowns, porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers. Crowns and veneers will not react the same to teeth whitening chemicals as your natural teeth will, and of course, you want everything to match well. At the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry, we can help you develop a strategy specifically designed for you that will fit into your budget and lifestyle, allowing you to keep your new gleaming smile as white and bright tomorrow and in the years to come, as it is today.
We have completed over 7000 whitening procedures in our office and get predictable results. Because of the sheer numbers of people whose teeth we have whitened, an international teeth whitening company has asked us to help them develop better and better methods and products. This partnership has provided us with a unique advantage when it comes to teeth whitening.
These pictures and video demonstrate a very popular method we use in order to get your teeth whiter and brighter using a time-tested product but with a new method, that only a very few dentists know about. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, DOES NOT burn or cause damage and sensitivity to the gums and teeth, and is incredibly affordable and maintainable over long periods of time. See the difference yourself! You will notice that the shade tab being held up to the teeth matches the color before the teeth were whitened. It is being held up again in the second photograph taken immediately after the procedure was completed. We call this our "cosmetic" teeth whitening.
KöR Teeth Whitening System
At Ballantyne Center for Dentistry, we use the KöR® whitening system, widely recognized as the most effective teeth whitening system available today. It works by restoring your teeth’s youthful ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from the whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving and removing stain molecules.
Customized whitening trays help to reduce gum sensitivity and serve as effective carriers for the whitening process.
With the KöR Whitening System you get a scientifically designed whitening system that delivers:
Consistently exceptional results
Little to no sensitivity
The only whitening system proven to whiten even tetracycline stained teeth
A lifetime of naturally bright, white teeth with easy periodic at-home maintenance
Decades of scientific research and millions of whitening cases have proven teeth whitening is entirely safe for teeth and gums. KöR is perfect for any age, any case.