The Science of Tooth Whitening

Categories: Restorative Dentistry
Author(s): Rod Kurthy
Cost: $19.00
ADA Credits: 1

AGD Credits: 1

Educational Objectives:

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how and why peroxides make teeth lighter
  • Review the effect of design and fit of whitening trays on the outcome of whitening treatments
  • List and describe the variables that affect whitening gels, predictability and outcomes
  • Review the treatment of tetracycline stains, fluorosis, and other challenging cases


A good understanding of the science behind the treatments we provide, such as restorative dentistry, implants, oral surgery, and periodontal treatment, is necessary to make solid judgments on behalf of our patients. During this webinar, the science of tooth whitening will be reviewed, including the physics, chemistry, physiology and microanatomy of whitening and the results that can be achieved. In addition, the potential frustrations of sensitivity and unpredictability of tooth whitening will be discussed, including solutions that address these.

About the Author

Rod Kurthy, DMD

Dr. Rod Kurthy, Developer of the KöR Whitening System.

Rod practiced in Mission Viejo, California. He graduated with highest honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry in 1978, and completed a GP residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Rod’s 40 years of research & development include laser and surgical periodontal bone regeneration; endodontic surgery, including bone regeneration and repair of resorptive lesions; teeth whitening; teeth sensitivity; development of several cosmetic techniques and impression techniques; and even credible, professional marketing techniques designed to attract only high-quality patients. His first participation in periodontal research was in 1976, and teeth whitening in 1977.

Dr. Kurthy is the recipient of many awards and accolades including the Mosby Scholarship Award; FDU Prosthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry Awards; the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society Gold Key Award and a commendation from the Chief Attorney of the United States Department of Defense for his role in supporting patients’ rights in disputes with insurance carriers. Rod’s efforts were directly responsible for forcing Blue Cross of California to correct their Explanation of Benefit comments to conform to accepted practice.

Rod is an exciting and effective international lecturer and author of five popular clinical and dental marketing books. Rod has authored numerous articles in, and is frequently interviewed by dental journals and consumer magazines; has appeared numerous times on the covers of several widely-read dental journals in the USA; has been featured six times on national tape interview series; is a consultant to several popular consumer magazines such as People Magazine and has been a feature writer for Oxygen women’s fitness magazine. He has been interviewed and featured numerous times in national media and was the personal dentist of the 1994 United States Men’s World Cup Soccer Team. Most recently Rod has been widely known for his remarkable KöR® Whitening System.


SPONSOR/PROVIDER: This is a Dental Learning, LLC continuing education activity.

DESIGNATION STATEMENTS: Dental Learning, LLC is an ADA CERP recognized provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Dental Learning, LLC designates this activity for 2 CE credits. Dental Learning, LLC is also designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership, and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 2/1/2016 - 1/31/2020. Provider ID: # 346890. AGD Subject Codes: 690, 691, 697.

EDUCATIONAL METHODS: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity. Information shared in this course is based on current information and evidence.

REGISTRATION: The cost of this CE course is $19.00 for 1 CE credit.


EXPIRATION DATE: October 2019.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: To obtain 1 CE credit for this educational activity, participants must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation and obtain a score of at least 70%.

AUTHENTICITY STATEMENT: The images in this course have not been altered.

SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT: Information shared in this continuing education activity is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

KNOWN BENEFITS AND LIMITATIONS: Information in this continuing education activity is derived from data and information obtained from the reference section.

EDUCATIONAL DISCLAIMER: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

PROVIDER DISCLOSURE: Dental Learning does not have a leadership position or a commercial interest in any products that are mentioned in this article. No manufacturer or third party has had any input into the development of course content.

CE PLANNER DISCLOSURE: The planner of this course, Adelaide Starmer, does not have a leadership or commercial interest in any products or services discussed in this educational activity. She can be reached at

TARGET AUDIENCE: This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and assistants, from novice to skilled.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting Dental Learning, LLC, in writing. Please direct all questions pertaining to Dental Learning, LLC or the administration of this course to

Go Green, Go Online to take your course. © 2016