Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Describes the Benefits of KOR Teeth Whitening

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jun 25, 2012

Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Describes the Benefits of KOR Teeth Whitening

Few things can rejuvenate your smile more effectively and efficiently than professional teeth whitening. Bright, white teeth look young, fresh, and clean, so it’s no wonder that so many patients come into our Elmhurst cosmetic dental office looking for a way to whiten their teeth. Many patients are able to achieve the white, bright smiles they want by combining conventional professional whitening treatments with diligent oral hygiene. These patients may be able to simply undergo a professional bleaching treatment, and then maintain their white teeth with at-home whitening formulations and periodic follow-up in-office whitening treatments.


For other patients, however, traditional whitening treatments are not effective. One condition that is often unaffected by conventional whitening treatments is tetracycline staining. Patients with tetracycline stained teeth have stains that are actually embedded within the teeth; consequently, traditional teeth bleaching formulations—which are designed to bleach surface stains—are not effective.


Tetracycline stains are caused by the antibiotic tetracycline. Adults who use tetracycline are not at risk, but small children, who have teeth that are still developing, can develop dark, deeply stained adult teeth.


Our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists understand that these stains can really take a toll on a patient’s self-esteem and confidence. That’s why we offer the KOR whitening system, which is specifically designed to deliver effective results, even on hard-to-treat teeth.


The KOR treatment uses a strong, professional grade whitening formulation for increased effectiveness. The bleaching solution is administered in custom-fit trays, which can stay on the teeth overnight—meaning that patients benefit from up to eight hours of active bleaching agents. KOR is designed to allow oxygen to penetrate into the tooth, whitening both the dental enamel surface and the deeper layer of the tooth, such as those darkened by tetracycline stains.


Before the KOR whitening system there were few cosmetic options for patients with persistent dental stains, such as those with tetracycline stains. This cosmetic dentistry breakthrough has helped thousands of patients achieve the beautiful, sparkling smiles they’ve always wanted! If you or someone you know is suffering from tetracycline stains or dental staining that cannot be effectively treated with traditional bleaching formulations, feel free to give us a call for more information!