Whitening bleaching can:

  • Improved Smiles
  • Improves Self Esteem
  • Improves Self Confidence

Improving your smile will make you want to smile more, which will make you a happier person, and more fun to be around. This can help improve friendships, relationships, and interactions with everyone you come across.

Improving your self esteem and self confidence can also help you find better jobs, get promoted at your current job, or increase your productivity.

People often complain about the cost of tooth whitening, but if $2-300 was all it costs to help you get a job, or get a higher paying job, or save your friendships or marriage, wouldn't it be well worth it?

Tooth whitening bleaching can change your life, and make you a much happier person.

WHITENING BLEACHING AGENTS: carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide

ANY dentist can perform tooth whitening bleaching.

There are a variety of different techniques, such as britesmile, which is done in the dental office, or various home bleaching kits.

Both will make your teeth whiter, but everyone has limits as to how white their teeth will get.

The main bleaching agents that are used are carbamide and hydrogen peroxide.

Carbamide peroxide is made up of hydrogen peroxide and stabilizers such as urea, so it is longer acting than hydrogen peroxide alone. Because it is longer acting, those who are trying to bleach out internal stains such as tetracycline (see below) should make sure their bleach contains carbamide peroxide.

It comes in different concentrations, so for the amount of time you should bleach:

If the concentration is >30%, you should bleach for up to 30 min.

If the concentration is <10-20%, overnight bleaching is generally ok.



WHITENING BLEACHING teeth does not harm the teeth, but it can make them more sensitive to hot and or cold substances. The bleaching agent does penetrate the enamel which in essence causes the sensitivity. This sensitivity is usually temporary, but it may be uncomfortable nonetheless.

Whitening involves oxygenation, which physically removes the stain by helping to restore your teeth's ability to absorb oxygen, and conversion which involves the breakdown of deeper stains and the clusters of dark stains.

Because the bleaching agents need time to permeate and saturate the tooth structure, adequate time is needed to allow maximum effects to take place.

Some bleaching products contain fluoride, which combine with other agents (potassium nitrates) in the gel which can actually increase enamel hardness and decrease sensitivity and caries susceptibility.

Bleaching also is not permanent. Over time, the whiteness will fade, and will either need to be re-whitened, or will return to whatever shade it was originally.


IN OFFICE, the dentist will put the bleach on your teeth, then shine a light on the teeth for about an hour, while you watch television or whatever. If you want immediate results, do it in the office.

There are some reports that suggest that the light does not increase the whitening effect, but in fact can increase sensitivity afterwards by dehydrating the teeth. You can ask your dentist if have any concerns about this.

The actual process takes about 2 hours because there is some prep time involved. A common one for this process is, ZOOM tooth whitening.


Kor teeth bleaching is a different system that utilizes in office bleaching and at home bleaching, that boasts better results than Zoom or other bleaching systems. It uses a hydremide peroxide and involves desensitizing (using sodium fluoride and benzalkonium chloride) the teeth both before and after bleaching.

  • Kor Max Ultra: 13% Hydremide peroxide in office bleaching, 16% carbemide peroxide at home utilizing bleaching trays (~6 hrs release, so you sleep with the trays in your mouth), then 34% hydremide peroxide in office bleaching
  • Kor Max: 16% Carbamide peroxide at home, 34% hydremide peroxide in office
  • Kor Standard: 16% Carbamide peroxide at home, 13% hydremide peroxide in office
  • Kor Night: 16% Carbamide peroxide at home
  • Kor Day: 9% Hydremide peroxide using bleaching trays (~30-45 min of wearing time)

FOR BLEACHING AT HOME, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth, make bleaching trays for you, and give you the bleach to fill the trays with. You put the bleach into the trays, place the trays in your mouth, go to sleep (or some people may not want to leave them in that long) or leave them in for an hour or however long, and you are done. You will likely need to repeat this process over multiple days/nights, depending on what type of results you get.

Rest assured though, the trays are very comfortable, and are easily tolerated by most individuals.

Many people will opt to do the in office whitening bleaching to get the immediate results, then get the trays so they can touch up at home as they need to down the road.

There are INTRINSIC and EXTRINSIC STAINSEXTRINSIC stains are on the outer layer of the tooth, and many of them CAN be bleached out.

INTRINSIC stains are incorporated into the tooth, and it may or may not be able to bleach these stains out. If they do come out, it definitely will take much longer and much more bleaching (months vs weeks). These stains were incorporated into the tooth structure during tooth development, so they are not mere surface stains.


AGE: Teeth will tend to get darker as we age, and unfortunately the become less permeable and therefore more difficult to bleach. On the flip side, younger teeth are much more permeable so they will tend to whiten much easier.

FLUOROSIS: While some fluoride is excellent, too much can cause STAINING of the teeth.

TETRACYCLINE: An antibiotic often taken for such common maladies as ACNE, can cause staining of the teeth if taken by the patient or parent during tooth development. These stains can be reduced by bleaching, but it may take several months of home bleaching.

DECALCIFICATION: This has a chalky white appearance, and is actually the beginning stages of tooth decay . Whitening bleaching your teeth may make these stains a little less noticible, but will probably not remove them completely. They most likely will need to be filled as cavities if you want them removed completely.

FLUORIDE VARNISHES can help decrease areas of decalcification as well. The calcium from your saliva combines with the fluoride to help reinforce tooth structure.

TRAUMA: Teeth that have sustained trauma, often will die. In these cases, the teeth become darker and need to have ROOT CANAL THERAPY done. Fortunately, these teeth often can be bleached to become lighter, but they must be done internally, by the dentist, and after the root canal has been completed.


CREST WHITESTRIPS: They can achieve some results, but the results will be far less dramatic than either in office or at home bleaching. It is generally recommended to use these to touch up the whitening however many months down the road, rather than using them for initial whitening.

DENTIST OFFICE WHITESTRIPS: There is a whitestrip formula not sold over the counter, which is aboutthree times as strong as the OTC formula. Not surprisingly, it is quite a bit more expensive.

WHITENING BLEACHING TOOTHPASTES: In general, these are not very effective in the short term, but may have a cumulative effect, and may be used as an adjunct. Again, used alone, it would be unrealistic to expect drastic results.


OTHER PRODUCTS:, Again, these may have a slight effect, but if you really want your teeth whitened, your best bet is to have them professionally whitened.


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