Tooth Whitening (KoR)

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).

  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.

  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).

  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

KoR Whitening

The KöR Whitening System 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.

A pearly-white smile is beautiful to look at and can greatly improve self-confidence. Many people are opting for the KoR Whitening System for fast, safe and effective teeth whitening. KoR combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas. This ensures that the bleaching experience is painless, and the results are satisfying.

There are many reasons why teeth become stained or discolored, including tobacco use, and drinking dark liquids such as red wine, coffee, tea and cola. However, the natural aging process and prescription medication use can also cause yellowing and graying.

There are literally hundreds of whitening treatments available in the marketplace, including take-home strips, bleaching toothpastes and take-home whitening gels. Many take-home gels are ineffective and may not elicit the desired results.

KoR has many advantages over these other treatments, including:




    • The ONLY system in the world that provides refrigerated product from manufacturer to the patient, 100% effectiveness guaranteed upon arrival


    • All teeth treated simultaneously.


    • Faster treatment times.


    • Longer lasting results.


    • Reduced sensitivity.


    • Safe procedure and treatment.


    • Treatments are performed by an experienced professional.



It is important to seek advice from the dentist prior to beginning a bleaching regime. Women who are pregnant or lactating should not seek bleaching treatment.

How does KoR whiten the teeth?

KoR is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth. KoR contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%), which is the active ingredient in the gel. When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles. It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.

As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth. A consultation with the dentist prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results KoR can provide in specific instances. KoR is only applied to healthy teeth and gums. If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.

How is the KoR treatment performed?

Prior to treatment, there will be a consultation where the dentist will outline the exact procedure. On treatment day, a deep cleaning (prophylaxis) will be performed to rid the teeth of any debris and plaque. Here is a brief overview of the KoR procedure:




    1. 1. Cheek retractors will be placed to expose the entire surface of the teeth.


    1. 2. The gums will be painted or covered to reduce sensitivity.


    1. 3. The dentist will apply the whitening gel to the teeth.


    1. 4. After 15 minutes, gel will be removed from the teeth and the mouth will be rinsed.


    1. 5. More gel will be applied for another 15 minutes.


    1. 6. Again, the gel will be removed and the mouth will be thoroughly cleansed.


    1. 7. The final treatment of gel will be applied for 15 minutes.


    1. 8. The gel will be removed for the final time.



What happens after treatment?

The same external factors that caused the discoloration in the first place can quickly work their way back onto the teeth. For this reason, the dentist recommends flossing once a day, thorough cleaning with anti-sensitivity toothpaste twice a day, and occasional retreatment with KoR Accelerated Maintenance.. These post-treatment measures will ensure that the smile stays at its whitest for a long time.

If you have questions about the KoR Chairside System, please ask your dentist.