Most dental professionals understand that heat is the enemy of whitening gel potency, and gel potency is a significant factor in ensuring totally satisfied whitening patients. That’s why KöR Whitening gel is continuously refrigerated from manufacture to delivery at your dentist’s office.
All peroxide-based whitening gels are unbalanced chemicals – they’re meant to be. This is why they’re able to break down rapidly inside the mouth, releasing bleaching agents. The problem with this chemical volatility is that all whitening gels start deteriorating immediately after manufacture if not kept under continuous refrigeration.
The truth is, the greater the temperature, the faster the degradation process. Warm or even hot temperatures can be problematic. These are often faced during warehouse storage at chemical manufacturers and whitening product companies. The potentially higher temperatures met during truck shipment of gels from suppliers to the dentist’s office create even more heat degradation.
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As non-refrigerated whitening products break down and reduce during storage and shipping, damaging hydrogen ions are produced. Those hydrogen ions are essentially acid (pH = potential of Hydrogen). Whitening gels, therefore, become more and more acidic as they break up, resulting in an increased possibility of sensitivity and pain.
Constant refrigeration practically stops the breakdown of whitening gels. More significantly, refrigeration guards whitening gels against the potency-robbing damage of heat during storage and shipping. Refrigeration also removes the need for chemical stabilizers, which can increase the osmolarity of gels by as much as 11 times.
KöR Whitening is the first company to continually refrigerate a full range of teeth whitening products from the moment of manufacture. The result? With KöR Whitening systems you get very efficient gels with lower sensitivity and less risk of pain for patients.
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How does the KöR Whitening System combat the sensitivity issue?
KöR Desensitizer helps desensitize and halt sensitivity issues immediately before they arise.
This method includes desensitizers that plug the orifices of dentinal tubules during bleaching to “prevent” bleaching sensitivity, rather than merely attempting to treat the symptoms.
The “Hydrodynamic Mechanism” concept of tooth sensitivity says that movement of the fluid in dentinal tubules is responsible for mechanically activating the nerves at the periphery of the pulp, triggering a painful reaction. When the naturally occurring smear plugs are gone from the orifices of dentinal tubules, the fluid within the tubules can move 32 times more freely, causing dentinal hypersensitivity.
The oxygenation process throughout bleaching not only deeply cleanses the tooth but also helps displace the plugs in dentinal tubules, leaving the tubular fluid susceptible to flow. The bleaching chemicals make an osmotic gradient in fluid flow within the dentinal tubules outward from the pulp. This results in typical bleaching sensitivity, which can sometimes be very painful.
Potassium nitrate, commonly recommended for treating sensitivity, does not plug tubules. In many patients, it partially reduces the ability of the pulpal nerves to fire. This effect does not eliminate the pulpal inflammation, and only partially masks the symptoms. KöR desensitizers actively and rapidly plug and re-plug the orifices of the dentinal tubules during bleaching to stop pulpal inflammation and sensitivity rather than only treat the symptoms.