Everyone wants whiter, brighter teeth. Unfortunately, store shelves are full of products that promise a glowing smile, but often fail to deliver on their claims. The years of food and drink stains, smoking, medications, and the aging process can create deep, stubborn discoloration that may seem impossible to fade. Our office provides two solutions for teeth whitening: the KöR Tooth Whitening System and Philips ZOOM!
Innovative KöR Whitening:
The KöR Whitening System was developed as a powerful, predictable, and safe way to whiten the teeth. The treatment relies on the tooth’s ability to absorb oxygen. Utilizing uniquely designed trays, a tri-barrel Hydremide Peroxide formula gel gets additional oxygen deep under the tooth’s surface. Once absorbed, stain molecules are meticulously dissolved. As the discolored areas are eliminated, the whitening results from KöR become permanent. Most patients will see a whiter smile, up to 16 shades brighter, in about two weeks.
The KöR Whitening System will improve:
- Stubborn discoloration
- Dark spots
- Opaque areas
- Geriatric color changes
- Tetracycline stains
- Hard to treat tooth blemishes
Steps for Whiter Teeth with the KöR System:
The KöR Whitening System includes a custom fit tray for bleaching the teeth at home. The tray can be made for day or night wear, and must be used diligently for optimal results. Most patients with average discoloration will see impressive changes after two weeks. Those with more difficult stains may benefit from in-office whitening, and a longer at-home KöR routine. The office of Drs. Gallardo & Lamas offer four different KöR treatment plans, tailored to the specific needs of each individual patient.
- Home – Cost effective whitening for average stains; system designed for either day or night treatments.
- Max – Perfect for exceptional whitening in most patients, includes in-office whitening visit.
- Ultra – Designed to stubborn discoloration from Fluorosis and geriatric stains; treatment includes a jump-start whitening treatment and an in-office whitening session, along with a 3-4 week at-home kit.
- Ultra-T – The best KöR system for difficult Tetracycline stains; includes a jump start treatment, and in office whitening session, and a 6-8 week at-home kit.
Once the KöR system has been explained, Dr. Gallardo or Dr. Lamas will provide a dental exam to ensure the best course of treatment. To begin the KöR process, a mold of the teeth will be made, so that a comfortable set of whitening trays can be created. These trays are thin and form fitting, allowing for maximum treatment with the KöR whitening gel, as well as ultimate patient comfort.
Most people choose to wear their trays at night, while they sleep, for two weeks. Day time trays are available, as well. Depending on the level of correction required, one or two in-office whitening sessions may be scheduled. Those with Tetracycline stains, geriatric discoloration, or other heavily marked teeth may need to wear the KöR whitening trays for six to eight weeks.
The Philips ZOOM! whitening technique is a noninvasive treatment that allows patients to experience brighter and whiter teeth as well. The treatment is completed within one hour which makes it very convenient for those with busy lifestyles. The Philips ZOOM! technique also whitens teeth and eliminate stains that have developed over time, except that the treatment is completed in our office in one hour instead of at home.
The results will be consistent and the shade of white will remain moderate as time passes. The whitening will last for a long duration of time if the teeth are properly cared for. Once you have finished your treatment in our office, at home care instructions will be provided before and after treatment. The Philips Zoom is the most requested dental whitening system today and more than 10 million people have already used it.We are excited to offer this treatment at our office!
The Ideal Candidate for Teeth Whitening:
Patients with mild to severe tooth stains and yellowing may make excellent candidates for the KöR Whitening System. Those considering the treatment should have generally healthy teeth and gums, with fully developed bone structures. While teeth can be safely whitened at any age, it is recommended that patients be at least 14, as by that age the teeth have fully erupted. Younger teeth brighten exceptionally well, but patients as old as 90 can see younger, whiter teeth with the KöR Whitening System.
Teeth Whitening FAQ:
Q. What is teeth whitening?
A. KöR and Philips ZOOM! are innovative whitening systems available at Gallardo & Lamas Periodontics, that works to brighten even the most severely discolored teeth.
Q. How does teeth whitening work?
A. The two options available at our office dissolve stains by increasing each tooth’s ability to absorb oxygen.
Q. How much improvement can be expected from teeth whitening?
A. Every patient is different, however, most people can see their teeth improve by up to 16 shades with proper use.
Q. How soon do you see the teeth whiter?
A. Many patients can see a brighter, whiter mouth after only two weeks of using the KöR Whitening treatment and in as little as one hour with Philips ZOOM.
Q. How long does teeth whitening last?
A. The benefits of KöR and Philips ZOOM! are generally permanent, even with continual consumption of wine, chocolate, tea, and soda.
Q. Is teeth whitening safe?
A. Yes, the KöR Whitening System and Philips ZOOM!, available with Dr. Gallardo and Dr. Lamas, are considered extremely safe for almost all patients. There is little risk for side effects or sensitivities.