Teeth WhiteningDiscoloration of enamel occurs with time – teeth are exposed to staining agents such as coffee, tea, red wine, blueberries, artificial food coloring, and sometimes even tobacco, and they build up over time. Even the removal of braces can leave patches of odd colors.
There are many ways to whiten your teeth. They all work, to different degrees and with different downsides. At Lumia Dental, we always research and implement the latest, most effective technology in dentistry, including whitening techniques that are safe and effective.
uPhoria tooth whitening system is the quickest and safest professional teeth whitening system available. It uses an innovative ultrasonic technology that whitens your teeth in just FOUR MINUTES, with ZERO sensitivity, and typically with 3-4 shades whiter. It’s fast, effective, and surprisingly very economical.
uPhoria tooth whitening system is vastly superior to other professional whitening systems that use UV light or lasers. It delivers similar results in minutes instead an hour, does not cause any tooth sensitivity and because it takes less time, it is also much less expensive.
uPhoria whitening is best done with your regular check-up and cleaning and includes a take-home kit that combines a Whitening Solution and patented Whitening Varnish which adheres peroxide for about 30 minutes and whitens up to 6 additional shades in 3 days. No trays or gels, no sensitivity or time commitment and highly effective. uPhoria is hands down the best, regular whitening solutions around.
For tough cases or patients who are committed to a more extensive whitening treatment, Lumia Dental recommends KöR Whitening which works by restoring your teeth’s youthful ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from the whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving and removing stain molecules.
KöR Whitening lightens teeth dramatically, up to 16 shades or more. Although everyone is different, with the proper KöR Whitening System, nearly all teeth will have stunning results. KöR even whitens tetracycline-stained teeth significantly, which was previously thought to be impossible!
Whitening gels require more time and commitment and are known to potentially cause pain. We have found KöR Whitening to be the gentlest whitening gels available, however, while tooth sensitivity is temporary is typically correlated to intensity of the teeth whitening treatment, meaning, the more staining you want to remove the higher the likelihood of experiencing sensitivity. Your Lumia Dental team can help you decide if KöR Whitening is right for you.
Whitening toothpastes and rinses don’t work as well, because the concentrations of whitening chemicals in these products are low, but their constant use results in tooth sensitivity for many patients. The sensitivity can get so bad that it mimics a toothache, resulting occasionally in an emergency dental visit.
Over-the-counter whitening strips work better than the toothpastes/rinses, but because they are not custom fit for your teeth, they don’t reach between the teeth where there is the darkest discoloration to be whitened. These strips are also notorious for causing heightened tooth sensitivity.