Do you have stubborn tooth stains that you can’t seem to remove? Have you tried store-bought gels, strips, and toothpaste? Professional teeth whitening can effectively whiten the tooth enamel and increase your confidence in your smile. We offer in-office and take-home teeth whitening with KöR in our Gaithersburg, MD dental office. This teeth whitening treatment is a cosmetic dental solution for discoloration, yellowing, and stains. KöR is also unique because it does not require lights or lasers to whiten the smile.
Why Do I Have Discolored Teeth?
There are many causes of tooth discoloration, from tobacco to medications, genetics, and foods or beverages. For example, certain foods and drinks like tomatoes, berries, coffee, wine, and tea contain chromogens. Chromogens are pigments that attach to the tooth enamel and cause tooth staining if not removed properly. Tobacco products also quickly yellow the tooth enamel. As a result, patients who smoke, vape, or use tobacco products can experience halitosis. Regular brushing and flossing can help combat staining.
Some patients may have a genetic predisposition to dull or discolored teeth and will require more care to brighten their smiles. Patients who take antihistamines, antipsychotics, or other medications may also have discoloration as a side effect of their medicine. We often recommend dental bonding or porcelain veneers for patients with stains caused by medication.
KöR Teeth Whitening in Gaithersburg, MD
Our office uses KöR teeth whitening, which requires in-office and take-home treatments. Although KöR treatment is extensive, it can deliver practical and lasting results. The first two weeks of KöR treatment begin with take-home care. Then, patients use custom whitening trays to provide whitening gel directly to each tooth. The KöR-Seal™ trays are sealed to the teeth to ensure that the active ingredients in the whitening gel stay active. Saliva can decrease the effectiveness of active ingredients, which is one reason why store-bought options are not as effective.
After these first weeks of treatment, patients visit Nova Dental for one in-office treatment. Then, patients will continue take-home treatment with intermittent in-office treatment. While this process seems extensive, patients receive high-quality results and much brighter smiles with KöR.
Brightening Deep Tooth Stains
Patients with intrinsic stains or stains caused within the tooth do not benefit from professional teeth whitening treatment. Dental injuries, overexposure to fluoride, and certain medications can cause intrinsic stains. Alternatively, patients with intrinsic stains can receive dental bonding or porcelain veneers to cover their teeth.
Dental bonding uses biocompatible materials to add structure to single teeth and change the smile’s color. Like bonding treatment, porcelain ceramic veneers cover single discolored teeth. Veneers can also address the rest of the teeth in the smile line for a seamless look.
Whiten Your Smile Today
Are you interested in professional teeth whitening treatment? Contact our dental office to brighten your smile at (240) 226-1482. You can also schedule a dental appointment with our dentists on our website. Please let us know if you have any remaining questions about your whitening options. We are always here to help.