Teeth Whitening in Scottsdale, AZ
The enlightened way to brighten your smile
A bright, white smile can make a priceless impression on everyone you meet, and give you confidence that enhances your personal and professional life. Dr. Sielicki of Sonoran Dental Design exclusively uses the KöR teeth whitening system at her Scottsdale, AZ, dental practice since it can eliminate hypocalcified stains, tetracycline stains (the toughest of all dental stains), and deep yellow discoloration. In fact, Dr. Sielicki describes KöR as one of the best teeth whitening products she has used in her 20 years of practicing dentistry. Unlike many professional teeth whitening treatments, KöR involves no lights or lasers, making it not only highly effective, but also extremely comfortable. Additionally, this treatment can incorporate ongoing periodic whitening to maintain your results, allowing you to enjoy your dazzling smile for decades. If you find yourself hesitating to smile because of tooth stains, get in touch with us today to learn how KöR teeth whitening by Dr. Sielicki can help you look and feel your absolute best.
What Causes Dental Stains?
Even with regular brushing, flossing, and six-month checkups, healthy teeth can become discolored. Foods and beverages such as coffee, mustard, red wine, and berries are among the most common causes of extrinsic stains. These stains are those that appear on the surface of teeth and can typically be removed or lightened with brushing, flossing and over-the-counter whitening treatments.
Medication, genetics, the natural aging process, and other factors can also take a toll on your teeth in the form of intrinsic stains, or those affecting the deepest layers of the teeth. Intrinsic stains can be virtually impossible to reverse with regular brushing, flossing and over-the-counter whitening treatments.
Intrinsic stains can be concealed with veneers and crowns. KöR is unique in that it can actually remove some intrinsic stains, making it a more conservative and economical cosmetic option than veneers and crowns. During an in-depth consultation, Dr. Sielicki can determine if KöR whitening is right for you.
Teeth Whitening vs. Bleaching
According to the American Dental Association, the term “whitening” can be used to describe any dental treatment or product that restores the natural color of teeth, including toothpastes and over-the-counter whitening strips. Whitening products such as these only remove surface stains. The FDA uses the term “bleaching” to refer to products that can change the natural color of teeth. These products contain a bleaching agent, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which can remove both intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Many dental practices use the terms whitening and bleaching interchangeably, so it is best to find out the details of treatment in order to know what results to expect.
How Does it Work?
KöR whitening is an advanced two-step process. During the first phase of treatment, patients apply an advanced bleaching agent to their teeth daily for two weeks. Dr. Sielicki will provide custom dental trays designed to achieve a precise fit with your teeth and evenly administer the whitening gel. Unlike other dental whitening treatments, KöR involves using a bleaching agent that is continually refrigerated to preserve its potency, ensuring consistently attractive results.
Once patients complete the at-home stage of treatment, Dr. Sielicki performs an in-office whitening treatment that lasts about 90 minutes. One of the biggest advantages of the KöR teeth whitening system is that the in-office portion is professionally supervised. Dr. Sielicki is able to control the amount and strength of the whitening product used, ensuring the patient is comfortable and achieves the most desirable results. Patients can relax during treatment, knowing that their smile is in the hands of a professional.
Afterward, patients can expect a smile that is eight shades brighter. Patients should continue to whiten at home with any remaining gel they may be left over from the at-home phase of treatment. It is typically recommended that patients continue to apply the whitening gel once per month to maintain their treatment results, but Dr. Sielicki may recommend more frequent, ongoing whitening, depending on a patient’s intake of stain-causing beverages, like coffee, as well as other factors.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
There are numerous benefits to leaving teeth whitening treatment to our dental professionals.
First, our team is able to use bleaching products that are more highly concentrated than what is used in over-the-counter whitening products. This means professional treatment produces more noticeable and longer-lasting teeth whitening results, and in considerably less time than OTC systems. The results of an in-office whitening session far exceed what can be accomplished in weeks of using OTC whitening kits. Professional whitening produces more thorough and even results than OTC products.
Another advantage of professional whitening treatment is that our dental team takes measures to reduce or eliminate discomfort and sensitivity. For the at-home portion of your treatment, we will create customized whitening trays that fit the contours of your teeth and mouth and won’t leak or shift around. With generic tooth whitening kits, the trays can be ill-fitting or flimsy, causing the whitening gel to leak out of the trays and irritate the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. It is also easy to use too much or too little whitening gel without a professional monitoring treatment. With in-office whitening treatment, our team can ensure the appropriate amount and concentration of whitening agent is used, and we can make adjustments whenever necessary. We will also protect the gums with special barriers and closely monitor treatment to ensure the whitening gel stays on the teeth where it belongs.
In-office teeth whitening is completely customizable according to your unique needs. Instead of relying on a “one-size-fits-all” OTC method, professional teeth whitening can be customized to provide the precise results you want in the area(s) you need it most.
Who Is a Good Candidate for KöR Whitening?
Ideal candidates for KöR teeth whitening are individuals with stains and discoloration due to any of the following:
- Regularly drinking coffee, red wine, tea or other dark-colored beverages
- Tobacco use
- The natural aging process
- Certain medications (e.g., tetracycline)
- Trauma to the mouth
Cosmetic teeth whitening is most effective on natural tooth enamel. Dental fillings, veneers, crowns and other dental restorations will not change color with teeth whitening. If you have dental restorations, Dr. Sielicki may recommend other treatment options. Keep in mind that dental problems such as cavities and decay will need to be treated before teeth whitening.
Does Treatment Hurt?
Many teeth whitening systems are known to cause tooth sensitivity before and after treatment. KöR is different in that it uses a desensitizer to combat tooth sensitivity before it even arises. The KöR desensitizer plugs the openings of the dental channels underneath tooth enamel (also known as dentinal tubules). This process prevents sensitivity and discomfort instead of simply attempting to treat symptoms after they have already occurred. As a result, patients are able to whiten their teeth comfortably and virtually pain-free.
How Long Do Results Last?
With proper care, results with KöR can last for many years. Dr. Sielicki recommends you avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth. Brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups are also required to keep your pearly whites in beautiful and healthy condition. You can also schedule additional whitening treatments to touch up your lighter smile.
Frequently Asked Questions about Teeth Whitening
Is there a follow-up treatment that needs to be done?
After using your take-home trays for several weeks and undergoing an in-office treatment, you do not need to plan for any follow-up treatments. At that point, your teeth should look bright, white and beautiful.
How often does retouch treatment need to happen?
We generally recommend you use your at-home trays once a month to “touch-up” your results. You can schedule in-office whitening treatments annually or as needed.
How can I help my white teeth last after my treatment?
The best thing you can do to maintain your newly brightened smile is to brush and floss daily, and stay away from stain-causing foods and beverages (e.g., coffee, tea, wine, colas, curry, tomato sauce, berries). Also, you should not smoke or use tobacco products.
Does teeth whitening damage my enamel?
No, professional teeth whitening will not damage your enamel. We use safe bleaching products that penetrate the enamel to break up stains and discoloration without harming the tooth structure.
If I have dental implants or hardware, can I still whiten my teeth?
Dental implants and other restorations like bridges, crowns and veneers will not respond to teeth whitening treatment. To avoid ending up with uneven or spotty results, you should consult with our team about your options. We may customize teeth whitening treatment to match your existing restorations, or suggest replacing your restorations after you have achieved your desired tooth shade with whitening treatment.
Schedule a KöR Consultation
If you are struggling with deep dental stains, Dr. Sielicki can help. KöR whitening can enhance not only your smile, but your entire appearance, giving you a significant boost in confidence. To learn more about how this advanced treatment can benefit you, schedule a consultation with us today.