Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Several factors can lead to discolored teeth, many of which can be easily controlled or corrected. Among the most common causes of tooth discoloration is:

  • Foods and beverages, especially fruit juices, berries, tea, and coffee
  • Smoking
  • Natural wear and tear
  • Injury to the tooth

Foods, beverages, and smoking stains, in particular, are easily treated with teeth whitening, because they cause what is called extrinsic staining. This means that the staining is limited to the outer surfaces of the teeth. These procedures are very effective at correcting this type of discoloration.

Close-up of a before and after of whitened teeth from cosmetic dentistry

How Teeth Whitening in Columbus, OH Works

Most whitening systems use a whitening agent that is painted onto or otherwise applied to the surface of the teeth. The agent is left for a specific amount of time and then is removed. Some whitening techniques require multiple applications, while others can lighten the teeth by several shades in a single office visit.

The basic approaches to teeth whitening include:

  • Traditional in-office professional whitening
  • Zoom! Advanced Power is done in-office
  • KöR Teeth Whitening
  • At-home professional whitening
  • GLO Science Professional
  • Over-the-counter, at-home treatment

While over-the-counter whitening is a popular option, it is not as effective or as long-lasting as professional teeth whitening performed by or prescribed by a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Michael Firouzian. The whitening agents used in the office are more powerful than those available in your local grocery store, and typically lighten teeth seven to ten shades after a single one-hour whitening session.

With our new 3D printer, we can even produce whitening trays for you in-house, and you don’t have to bite down into a tray of impression material. We just literally wave a wand over your teeth and send the image to your printer, which produces the trays right then and there.

Third Generation Zoom! Teeth Whitening

A young woman smiling with a bright and white smile

The Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective, and fast–very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.

The procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. We then apply the proprietary Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedures. You’ll be amazed by the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure.

GLO Science Professional Teeth Whitening

Trusted by thousands of dental offices, GLO Professional Whitening is one of the best whitening products on the market. With both an in-office and take-home option, it’s perfect for any patient who either wants an instantly white smile or a patient who gradually wants to whiten their teeth.

So, what makes GLO so unique? GLO uses its own patented GLO Vials which are designed to make applications easy and drip-free. The hydrogen peroxide whitening gel takes seconds to apply, doesn’t run onto your gums, and prevents tooth sensitivity. The GLO Vials also feature an air-tight seal so the whitening gel stays fresh and active, even after opening.

After applying the whitening gel to your teeth, it will penetrate your teeth and evaporate vaporizing stains to whiten your smile. Next, you will use the Guided Light Optics (G.L.O) Accelerating Technology device to accelerate the whitening process. The device uses special light reflectors and heat resistors in a mouthpiece that delivers direct warming heat and LED light to the whitening gel to expedite the process.

The GLO Science whitening system provides your teeth with amazing whitening power with fast results and no sensitivity afterward.

KöR Teeth Whitening Columbus, OH

In addition to Zoom! Advanced Power, Dr. Firouzian now offers a revolutionary new teeth whitening treatment called the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System. Developed by world-renowned teeth bleaching expert and cosmetic dentist, the KöR Whitening System is considered the most reliable and effective treatment available today.

There are many tooth whitening options available for improving the appearance of discolored teeth. This page explains the KöR whitening system, but which teeth whitening approach is right for you can only be determined in consultation with a Columbus cosmetic dentist. To schedule a consultation, please call (614) 848-5001 or email us today.

The Benefits of KöR Tooth Whitening

Some of the most significant benefits of KöR include:

  • Removal of tetracycline stains (previously thought impossible)
  • Causes little to no tooth sensitivity
  • Safe for both teeth and gums
  • Whitens your teeth up to 16+ shades
  • No need to give up coffee, tea, or wine
  • Permanent whitening results
  • Produces natural-looking results

If you’ve been disappointed with teeth whitening results in the past, you should try the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System. You will be surprised and delighted at the difference.

The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System allows the teeth whitening process to be more flexible. You can choose to whiten your teeth at home, or you can undergo an in-office whitening session to quicken the process. Based on your goals and the current condition of your teeth, Dr. Firouzian can help you decide upon a treatment plan that is right for you. All it takes is some periodic home maintenance to ensure your KöR teeth whitening results last a lifetime.

KöR Teeth Whitening Trays

The whitening trays used for KöR treatment are different from other types of take-home trays. KöR whitening trays are made of a thin, form-fitting plastic that seals the whitening bleach inside of the tray, preventing the gel from leaking into your mouth or touching your gums, which can cause irritation. Since KöR trays are meant to be worn while you sleep, they are designed with maximum comfort in mind. Best of all, the whitening gel remains active for 6+ hours – twelve times as long as the 30-minute average of conventional whitening gels.

If you live in the Columbus, Ohio area and are interested in taking advantage of KöR Teeth Whitening, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Michael Firouzian. We look forward to helping you restore a brighter smile with professional tooth whitening in Columbus, OH.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Why Should I Have My Teeth Whitened Professionally?

Although there are many brands of over-the-counter teeth whitening products available to you, they often do not work very well, and can actually do more harm than good. Their one-size-fits-all approach means the applicators do not come in contact with all your teeth, the bleaching agent may irritate your gums, and they can be very messy. Tooth sensitivity and uneven whitening are usually the end result.

Having your teeth whitened at the Firouzian Dentistry means your teeth are whitened using ZOOM!, which can get your teeth several shades whiter with no tooth sensitivity problems in a very short time. Dr. Firouzian also provides take-home whitening kits that are custom fit and work very well.

What is Causing My Tooth discoloration?

Teeth are porous and can be easily stained. Foods such as berries and some curries, and beverages like coffee and tea will cause staining. Nicotine from smoking or chewing will also cause your teeth to stain. Other factors that may lead to tooth discoloration include an injury to the tooth, natural wear and tear, and the antibiotic tetracycline.

Teeth whitening will safely remove staining in one session. You may keep your teeth as white as you want with take-home whitening kits provided by Dr. Firouzian.

How Long Will My Teeth Stay White with the Teeth Whitening Procedure?

Although we can make your teeth match your aesthetic desires, they will not stay white forever. You still need to eat and drink, and many of the things you ingest will stain your teeth. While you can prolong your whitening by avoiding staining foods and beverages, brushing and flossing daily, and using a professional take-home whitening kit, you may want to revisit Dr. Firouzian for in-office treatment once a year.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

The teeth whitening procedure, whether performed in-office or with a take-home kit, is very safe and effective. Dr. Firouzian’s number one priority is your safety and comfort and will discuss the procedure with you prior to undergoing it. ZOOM! Advanced Power In-Office Whitening is painless and effective with no sensitivity issues.

Brighten Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening in Columbus, OH

To find out what kind of teeth whitening is best for your teeth, call us today at (614) 848-5001 or email us to schedule an appointment with our Columbus, Ohio dentist.