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Thinking of Whitening Your Teeth? Professional vs. Drugstore Whitening

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Some estimates say that Americans spend 1.4 billion dollars annually in their quest for a bright, head-turning smile, and it’s no wonder! There are very few treatments that can deliver the dramatic results that can be achieved with teeth whitening.

If you would like to get an idea of how popular teeth whitening is, take a stroll down the oral care aisle of your local drugstore; you will find hundreds of over-the-counter products and kits of all types that claim to provide dazzling results.

Professional vs. Drugstore Whitening

But how do over-the-counter products stack up against professional teeth whitening? Not very well, unfortunately. You can invest a lot of money and countless hours wearing strips or one-size-fits-all whitening trays and still be disappointed with the length of time it takes to see any results.

There are a few good reasons for this:

  • Over-the-counter whitening products are designed for the masses. To keep the product safe, the concentration of peroxide (the ingredient that whitens teeth) in these products is very low. If you choose a kit, you will receive a generic boil-and-bite tray designed to hold the whitening gel against your teeth. The problem is that the fit of the tray is not perfect, so the gel may not come into contact with all surfaces of your teeth and burn sensitive gum tissue.
  • Professional whitening products, on the other hand, are customized specifically for each patient. Since your whitening is supervised by a professional, you can safely use a prescription-strength whitener for faster, more dramatic results. Also, professional whitening trays are made using impressions of your teeth, so they cover all surfaces of your teeth and deliver even, consistent results.

Revolutionary KöR Whitening

At the office of Dr. Lucio H. Kim DDS, we offer our patients amazing results using KöR whitening and deep bleaching. The KöR system uses a proprietary formula that penetrates deep into dental enamel to remove even the most resistant stains. Wear the customized trays every night while you sleep for about two weeks to achieve a truly dazzling smile that’s about 16 shades brighter! Best of all, with periodic touchups at home, the results are permanent.

If you live in the Glendale area and would like to learn more about KoR teeth whitening, please give us a call!