Teeth Whitening Specialist

Morrow County Dental

General Dentists & Orthodontists located in Mount Gilead, OH

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments because it only takes one hour of your time to produce dramatic results. Dr. Leslie McDougall offers professional laser teeth whitening in the office that can whiten your teeth up to 10 shades in just one hour. To learn more about teeth whitening, call their office in Mount Gilead, Ohio, to book an appointment.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What types of stains affect your teeth?

Coffee is well-known for staining teeth, but it’s not the only factor that affects your smile. Tooth discoloration can also be caused by:

  • Tea and red wine: contain color pigments that stain tooth enamel
  • Tobacco products: nicotine and tar cause yellow and brown stains
  • Enamel erosion: acidic foods and beverages erode enamel, creating areas that stain more easily
  • Aging: over time, dentin becomes more yellow and enamel becomes thinner, so the dentin underneath shows through, causing a yellow appearance
  • Medications: taking tetracycline antibiotics during childhood can discolor your teeth

Why should you see your dentist before whitening your teeth?

While you can buy teeth whitening products at your local pharmacy, it’s still a good idea to check with your dentist at Morrow County Dental before whitening your teeth at home. Dental problems like cavities, cracked teeth, or gum disease should be repaired before you use a whitening product, so the bleach can’t get inside your teeth and cause irritation.

Some types of stains can’t be whitened with topical bleaching. Your dentist can evaluate the type of stain on your teeth and let you know if a commercial whitener will work or whether you’ll need to take another approach to improving the color of your teeth.

What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?

If you decide to get a professional teeth whitening, you’ll gain these benefits:

Prevent gum irritation

The bleaches in whitening products can irritate your gums, cheeks, and tongue. When the team at Morrow County Dental whiten your teeth, they protect soft tissues with a dental barrier and use a retractor to hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth while applying the whitening gel.

Produce better results

Professional laser teeth whitening available at Morrow County Dental can whiten teeth up to 10 shades in just one hour. You won’t get close to that degree of whitening even after several treatments at home.

Customized products and treatment

The whitening strips and trays available in your local pharmacy are one-size-fits-all products. If they don’t fit your teeth properly, or if the bleach is distributed in a patchy or unequal manner, you’ll get uneven results. Your dentist at Morrow County Dental carefully applies the whitening gel, ensuring each tooth is evenly and completely covered.

 

What is KöR whitening?

KöR whitening is an advanced whitening system that uses unique technology -- Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel™ Hydremide® Peroxide Technology -- to achieve optimal and consistent teeth whitening.

The system is so effective that it’s the first whitening product to effectively treat resistant teeth stains, including those caused by tetracycline and fluorosis. Everyone is different but with the KöR system, you may whiten teeth by 16 shades or more.

What advantages are offered by KöR whitening?

All peroxide-based whitening systems work using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, which produces water and oxygen, the primary bleaching ingredient. To obtain the best results, whitening products must contain a high concentration of bleaching ingredients and maintain that potency for the longest possible time after they’re applied to your teeth.

Commercial whitening systems frequently fall short at one or more of those requirements, so they don’t always deliver the best whitening. KöR whitening fixes those problems with advantages such as:

Stays active longer

Typical whiteners only maintain their potency for about 25-35 minutes. By comparison, KöR’s unique delivery system provides 6-10 hours of whitening activity.

Permanent results

The KöR system rejuvenates teeth by giving them the ability to fully absorb oxygen. This is accomplished by optimal potency that floods stains with bleaching ingredients, which in turn breaks down tough stains into small, colorless particles. In addition to a concentrated treatment in the dental office, at-home maintenance maintains the level of whiteness, creating permanent results even while you consume stain-producing beverages like coffee and red wine.

Kept in cold storage

All whiteners are unstable, which is why they can easily break down into active bleaching ingredients. However, their instability also makes them degenerate quickly when they’re stored at room temperature. KöR solves this problem by continuous refrigeration from the time it’s manufactured until it reaches the dental office.

Prevents sensitivity

KöR Desensitizer prevents sensitivity issues by preventing the treatment from being transported to nerves in your tooth’s pulp.

How does the process work?

KöR whitening uses a combination of in-office and at-home treatments, following a protocol that’s determined by the severity of your teeth stains. If you don’t want to use whitening trays at home, you can get one power whitening at the dental office.

For typical stains, you’ll begin with at-home treatments, have a potent in-office whitening treatment, then continue with periodic in-home maintenance. Difficult cases begin with an in-office “jumpstart” whitening, at-home treatments, and another in-office treatment.