Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today. It’s a fast, cost-effective way to significantly boost the radiance of your smile. At our office, we use the Opalescence Teeth Whitening system for advanced, lasting whitening that you can trust.
How Does Opalescence Teeth Whitening Work?
Opalescence Teeth Whitening provides striking, visible results thanks to its distinctively viscous whitening gel. This gel provides sustained peroxide release, working to gradually whiten the teeth over the treatment period. The unique sticky texture of the gel keeps it securely in place, enabling the peroxide to penetrate your enamel and brighten your teeth.
To whiten the teeth with Opalescence at home, the whitening gel will be applied to your teeth through the use of custom mouth trays. When you wear the tray, the whitening gel will be placed directly on the surface of your teeth.
The peroxide in Opalescence whitening gel works when oxygen molecules in the gel disseminate throughout the teeth and react with discolored molecules. This leads to the brightening of the whole tooth – even the parts that aren’t in direct contact with the gel. This method makes Opalescence a safe, non-invasive, and highly effective teeth whitening option.
Prior to teeth whitening, all patients should undergo a dental exam to protect the health of the teeth. This exam allows us to determine if leaky fillings or other tooth problems could be compromised by the whitening gel.
Opalescence Teeth Whitening is available in both in-office and at-home formulations.
Professionally-applied Opalescence Boost teeth whitening is an in-office treatment. This fast, effective teeth whitening option can brighten your smile in just one hour.
Opalescence Boost is chemically activated, meaning that you don’t have to sit under uncomfortable lights during treatment. This treatment uses a whitening gel with potassium nitrate and fluoride to help with tooth sensitivity, and a protective barrier is used to prevent gum irritation during treatment.
For at-home bleaching with Opalescence, you can choose ready-to-wear trays or custom whitening trays with gel.
With ready-to-wear trays, you’ll use whitening trays that mold to your teeth straight out of the box – no impressions or molds are required. Once this UltraFit tray has conformed to your smile, you’ll apply the hydrogen peroxide gel as directed by your dentist. You’ll typically wear the tray with the gel for 15 to 60 minutes (depending on the strength of the gel) for five to ten days.
If you opt for custom trays, we’ll take an impression of your teeth to create trays that are perfectly molded to your smile right here in our office. There are five different concentrations of whitening gel to choose from, and you may wear the gel for anywhere between 15 minutes per day or overnight.
Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste is dentist-developed and gentle enough for daily use. It features a tri-silica blend that’s designed to effectively remove surface stains, brightening your teeth as much as two shades in a single month.
Teeth whitening can help all types of patients achieve a brighter, healthier-looking smile in as little as an hour. Contact us today to learn more about Opalescence Teeth Whitening.