KoR Whitening or OTC Whitening?

Do you have stained teeth? Everything from age to the foods and drinks we consume can lead to discoloration. How do we remove teeth stains? There are a variety options. Some people choose store bought options, while others prefer the professional options available at the dentist’s office. Which one will best for you, KoR Whitening or OTC whitening?

What is Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening?

You can purchase a number of whitening solutions from the store. Many people try these because they are considered relatively cost-effective. Store bought systems may include strips you place over your teeth, toothpastes, or even mouthwashes. They may use abrasive ingredients to remove stains or contain hydrogen peroxide to penetrate the teeth and remove stains. However, they may not address serious discoloration and people may experience tooth sensitivity or gum irritation if the strips aren’t use properly.

KoR Whitening

We offer a professional solution to teeth stains that combine in-office and at-home procedures to address major discoloration. The procedure begins with an office treatment. After the initial treatment we will provide a set of trays and a bleaching gel. Patients place gel into the trays and wear them daily for a week to ten days. Afterward, we will perform a final office treatment. You can enjoy a smile brightened by multiple shades.

Which One is Best for Me?

If you contact our office for a free cosmetic consultation then we can examine your teeth. After we assess the cause of discoloration we can then recommend the best procedure to remove discoloration. If we find that your stains won’t respond to KoR Whitening then we may suggest masking them with porcelain veneers. With veneers, we place a lifelike restoration placed over the front of the teeth and instantly change the appearance of the teeth. If you have any questions about our teeth whitening then contact our office today.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and pediatric dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.