Dental Myths: All Teeth Whitening Options are the Same Posted on May 9, 2016 by Colleyville Dentist in Teeth Whitening Not all teeth whitening systems are created equal – especially when one is comparing store bought products with professional treatments. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular services provided by our cosmetic dentist. This is because we provide take-home and in-office treatments that effectively brighten teeth to beautiful shades of white. Professional whitening means that tough, deep stains caused by beverages like wine or coffee and the process of aging are lifted away revealing noticeably brighter teeth. Following is useful information about your teeth whitening options. At-Home Teeth Whitening Professional at-home whitening is a convenient way to lighten permanent stains when you have free time. This option provides a gradual improvement of the color of teeth and is ideal for those whose teeth are exposed to staining agents on a regular basis. For instance, those who drink coffee daily or those who have not stopped smoking can benefit from at-home whitening. The take-home system we used is called Kör Whitening. What makes Kör Whitening unique is the way the bleaching solution is handled after it is manufactured and the distinctive design of the trays, which deliver the whitening solution. To ensure that the bleaching solution maintains its integrity and potency, the solution is refrigerated from the moment it is manufactured and delivered to our practice where it is kept cold until it is prescribed to our patients. Additionally, the custom trays that accompany this teeth whitening system effectively prevent saliva from migrating over teeth and diluting the whitening solution. With Kör Whitening, patients can achieve stunning results without causing tooth sensitivity or enamel damage. In-Office Whitening Treatments An in-office whitening treatment normally takes about one hour. Our team will place protective liquid dam over the gums and use a rubber-like oral appliance to hold the mouth open. Bleaching solution is then applied to the teeth. Sometimes, a special light will be used to deepen the whitening process. To learn more about smile enhancing treatments provided by our cosmetic dentist, call Anderson Dentistry at your convenience to reserve a consultation.