It's never too late to improve the appearance of your smile! The beauty of a brilliant smile is universally appreciated, and there are many products available to help you achieve that goal. Excellent oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning will help your smile stay bright. However, if you want to see dramatic improvement or remove stains from the enamel, you will need teeth whitening.
The best treatment depends on the nature of your discoloration. Many commercially available products are minimally effective at best. Whitening toothpastes typically contain a mild abrasive, which essentially super-cleans your teeth. These products can remove the accumulated dark material on the surface of teeth more effectively than standard toothpastes, but they do not remove deep-down stains.
Products formulated with peroxide have some bleaching power. However, a mouth rinse is unlikely to remain in contact with the tooth surface long enough to produce results. Systems like whitening strips achieve contact, though results are limited because commercial formulas are much weaker than professional products.
Whitening procedures performed in a dental office, or supervised by a professional, are considered safer and more effective than over-the-counter options. There are several products used, many of which require activation lights. However, research has failed to prove any lasting benefits to these lights and some may expose the patient to harmful UV rays. In general, professional bleaching is considered very safe, though many patients experience serious sensitivity, and pains known as "zingers."
The gentlest and most effective teeth whitening method currently available is the KÖR Deep Bleaching system. It is formulated to prevent zingers and sensitivity, while enhancing the enamel’s natural ability to absorb bleaching agents. Rather than a single treatment, it is an entire system, customized to meet your needs. For most patients, two in-office treatments are needed in conjunction with several days of at-home whitening. The system includes periodic maintenance treatments, as needed, for permanent results.
Some types of staining do not respond to most whiteners. KÖR is considered effective, even for stubborn tetracycline stains. However, if whitening alone does not yield the results you desire, porcelain veneers are available. Talk to your dentist to learn what is best for you.