Robert E. Lane, DMD, PA
Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Boca Raton, FL
Want to look younger and feel more confident with your smile? If your teeth have been stained or discolored due to age, smoking, or consuming certain foods or drinks, professional whitening can give you a reason to smile again. Robert E. Lane DMD, PA is pleased to provide a long-lasting, cutting-edge option for people living in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Deerfield Beach, Florida. To get started, call Lane Dental or book an appointment using the online scheduler.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What causes tooth discoloration?
Healthy oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing daily, helps to keep your teeth bright and white. Even so, it’s natural for discoloration to occur over time. Foods and drinks like red wine, tea, coffee and soft drinks, smoking, and even some medications can discolor teeth more rapidly.
Aging also contributes to tooth discoloration, as the outer enamel thins with years or decades of use. In addition to routine professional cleanings, professional teeth whitening can brighten your teeth and give you a radiant smile.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening is a fairly simple process that uses a bleaching agent to break down stains. Dr. Lane uses the KöR Deep Whitening system which lightens teeth, without your teeth absorbing the bleaching components. Instead, your teeth absorb oxygen from the whitening gel, and the oxygen dissolves and removes stain molecules.
This treatment brings you longer lasting, potentially permanent results, with simple home maintenance. You get whiter teeth and can still consume your favorite foods and drinks – even if they include black coffee or red wine.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Discomfort is common during and following teeth whitening, but KöR Deep Whitening was formulated to produce little to no sensitivity. The gel is refrigerated, which allows it to have low osmolality and no acid content. This means less potential for irritation in patients.
If you use another whitening system, any discomfort should be temporary, resolving within 48 hours.
Can people of all ages have teeth whitened?
KöR Deep Whitening works well in older kids and adults, including elderly adults. Most anyone ages 14 and up can safely have professional teeth whitening treatments. Children under age 14 shouldn’t use teeth whitening products or services because their teeth and mouth may not be fully matured.
Will my teeth look natural after the treatment?
Yes, professionally whitened teeth appear natural. KöR Deep Whitening lightens particularly stained teeth by up to 16 shades, but it won’t make your teeth look unnaturally white. The treatment does not whiten crowns or veneers, however, so some mismatching is possible if you have either.