in Pittsford NY
Say goodbye to stained and discolored teeth! You can see a difference in only a few visits with our whitening techniques. Have a smile that will rival your favorite celebrity with tooth whitening from Dr. DeStefano!
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening products help brighten teeth that have been darkened or stained by either food, tobacco, injury, or age. There are a variety of in-office and take-home teeth whitening products that can help reduce or remove these stains.
Benefits of In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening takes place during a series of appointments at a dentist’s office. Advantages of in-office teeth whitening over take-home whitening include:
- Safe and simple
- Professionally performed
- Less sensitivity
What Is GLO Teeth Whitening?
GLO Professional Whitening features a universally-sized mouthpiece that combines optimal warming heat and safe LED light to accelerate specially formulated 30% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. Patients get lasting results without dehydration, rebound, or zingers. Clinicians get an effective, hassle-free procedure in less time and without the need for impressions or trays.
Benefits Of GLO Teeth Whitening
- no treatment sensitivity
- less chair time
- promotes patient homecare compliance
What is the KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching System?
The KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching System features a bleaching gel that restores a tooth’s ability to absorb oxygen, which helps the gel to dissolve the stain molecules.
This system can be used by essentially anyone who wants to whiten the color of their teeth. Patients ranging from 14 to 90 years of age have been able to achieve great results.
KöR® Teeth Whitening Process
The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System involves creating molds of a patient’s teeth, which are then used to make custom bleaching trays. Since they are custom-made for each patient, these trays are comfortable, and the correct fit helps them seal the gel inside.
Most patients do not experience any pain or discomfort during treatment since the trays are custom-fitted for each patient’s mouth. Also, the whitening gel is composed of materials that are designed to eliminate any risk of sensitivity.
How long does teeth whitening take?
How long it takes to whiten teeth depends on the system you choose. The two teeth whitening systems that we offer have been selected because they are both powerful and comfortable. Each is designed for the most efficient home use and includes a custom-made mouthpiece that maintains the application of whitening gel on teeth, not on gums or spread throughout the mouth.
Using a home whitening system, patients can begin seeing an attractive difference in their smiles within a few days. It can take 10 days to two weeks to see an appreciable improvement. For more severe cases of tooth discoloration, patients may need to continue teeth whitening as recommended by Dr. DeStefano.
KöR Teeth Whitening Before & After
KöR® Take-Home Teeth Whitening Trays
Take-home whitening solutions can improve the color of your teeth. These kits are less expensive, yet just as effective as, in-office treatments. Dr. DeStefano can provide patients with whitening powder and whitening gel, which can help improve the appearance of teeth over just a few days. At our office, we use KöR Take-Home Teeth Whitening Trays in addition to our In-Office KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. This helps maximize the result of the teeth whitening.
Results of KöR® Whitening
Following treatment, patients may experience tooth whitening of 16 or more shades. The results of KöR Whitening should be permanent as long as patients follow the recommended at-home maintenance. Drinking coffee and red wine, or using tobacco, should not affect the color of the teeth.
KöR treatment is considered safe for all patients and poses no major risks. It is important to note that crowns, fillings, or veneers may need to be replaced since bleach can not whiten prosthetic materials.
What is the difference between in-office vs. at-home treatment?
In-office teeth whitening
In-office teeth whitening is an accelerated process. A dentist or trained provider applies a professional-grade whitening gel on teeth while the gums and lips are protected. This gel is then activated with light to help it work more quickly. The light stays on teeth consistently for about 15 minutes, after which the provider evaluates the degree of whitening that has been achieved. This 15-minute process may be repeated a few times to get maximum results. Whitening performed in the office can be convenient and satisfying due to the immediate results it achieves. However, patients may experience more sensitivity or “zingers,” bursts of pain.
Home Teeth Whitening Treatment
Home whitening treatments are made on a spectrum, with some offering more value than others. Teeth whitening at home can also be simple and effective when prescribed by a dentist. The systems that are available in our office are made to break down stains right away so more light can be reflected in the smile. More light means more radiance and brightness. Store-bought whitening kits remain popular because all one has to do is pick their kit from a shelf. However, data has shown that commercial whitening kits are minimally effective. It is difficult to keep strips in place and the movement of these pieces affects how well whitening gel stays on teeth. More gel may end up diluted by saliva than gets absorbed by enamel. In the end, people who use commercial whitening products often spend more time and money than if they had entrusted their smiles to their dentist.
If you want to feel better about the brightness of your smile, contact our office today. We make your whitening process as simple and comfortable as possible.
How often is teeth whitening needed?
Professional teeth whitening is a controlled process that is performed after teeth and gums have been thoroughly examined. This is a safe and effective cosmetic treatment that offers huge rewards. Due to the nature of tooth enamel, the effects of teeth whitening are only temporary. How long it takes for discoloration to occur depends on several factors, including normal dietary habits and oral care. Teeth whitening touch-ups may be scheduled once a year or every few years based on patient preferences and habits.
What are some tips to keep a white smile after treatment?
Tooth discoloration occurs extrinsically, meaning from the outside in. Stains happen because microscopic debris from certain foods and beverages gets absorbed by the tiny pores in the enamel. There is no way to completely avoid this. However, studies suggest that a few habits may slow the process of discoloration. These include:
- Brush teeth twice a day using a gentle whitening toothpaste.
- Floss daily to prevent debris from hiding in between teeth.
- Swish water around in the mouth after meals or drinking a stain-causing beverage like coffee or tea.
- Visit the dentist every six months for a routine exam and cleaning. The cleanings that your dentist performs include polishing that removes surface stains.
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