The fall is approaching quickly. It’s a beautiful time of year. When the leaves start changing color, it’s a remarkable sight.
As pretty as multicolored leaves can be, most of us would prefer to avoid color changes in our smiles.
And yet, as we get older, our teeth naturally get a little yellower or a little darker. That happens when you consume thousands of cups of coffee, tea, and soft drinks. That’s in addition to all the colorful foods that we eat.
As long as we continue to eat, those stains will continue to get deeper and darker, slowly but surely.
If you want your white smile back, then Highlands Ranch Smiles is here for you. We offer teeth whitening at our dentist office, and we use one of the most effective products on the market today, KöR whitening.
How White Do You Want Your Smile?
It won’t surprise you to learn that whitening is one of (if not the) most requested service in cosmetic dentistry.
All you have to do is walk down any toothpaste aisle to see proof that people want bright, white smiles.
The next time you are there, try to count how many different products have the word “whitening” somewhere on their packaging.
It can be pretty tempting to pick one of them up. After all, you are going to get toothpaste anyway, so why not get whitening toothpaste? We aren’t going to tell you not to buy it, but we don’t want you to have unrealistic expectations about what whitening toothpaste can do.
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs researched the various whitening products on the market a few years ago. They found that whitening toothpaste could remove surface stains from your teeth.
By that description, almost any toothpaste could be considered a whitening toothpaste.
OK, so whitening toothpaste won’t hurt your smile, but it might not help as much as you would like. What about the other whitening products, like the gels and the strips?
The ADA found that these will do more than whitening toothpaste. Those gels and strips contain bleaching agents, most frequently hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide).
To qualify for the ADA Seal of Approval, commercial whitening products can contain no more than 10 percent carbamide peroxide, which is the equivalent of 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide.
This will remove some of the deeper stains on your teeth, and your teeth may be a couple shades whiter after a few weeks of use. Be careful, however. Overuse of whitening products can damage your teeth, which would defeat the purpose of wanting them to look nicer.
So now you come to a decision. Should you use a professional whitening product?
If your teeth are stained, then we can say that professional whitening products, like KöR, will do more than the stuff you can buy off the shelf.
Professional whitening products can have more than 10 times the bleaching agent as commercial products. This is a big part of why you need to get them from a dentist.
KöR’s manufacturers have gone a couple steps further than many of their competitors to keep their whitening products as potent as they can be when you receive them.
The whitening agents in these products are meant to be reactive. It’s part of how they are able to remove the deep stains from your teeth.
Unfortunately, heat and the interaction of the ingredients can cause the products to lose some of its potency before it’s added to your teeth.
KöR has addressed both of those issues. First, it keeps its products refrigerated from the time they are packaged until they are delivered to our office. Second, KöR’s tri-barrel packaging keeps the reactive ingredients separated until just before they are placed on your teeth.
This means you can get better results in a single in-office whitening treatment than you can with weeks of treatment with over-the-counter products.
Teeth whitening is great on its own, but it can be even better when it’s combined with other cosmetic services.
For instance, you may be undergoing orthodontic treatment (such as Invisalign® or Six Month Smiles) to make your teeth straighter. By having your teeth whitened at the end of your treatment, you can make the improvement to your smile even more noticeable.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have been thinking about whitening your teeth, then we would encourage you to schedule a consultation with our dentists if you live in or near Highlands Ranch, CO.