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Teeth Whitening

We currently recommend and use Opalescence® teeth whitening products.   Opalescence® is a proven teeth whitening system that eliminates organic stains on the teeth and significantly brightens the smile.  Opalescence® combines hydrogen peroxide that serves to whiten the teeth with potassium nitrate that reduces sensitivity and strengthens enamel.  These treatments should only be used on generally healthy teeth that are free from disease and decay. 

Whitening can be accomplished with custom trays that you place the Opalescence PF gel into or take home trays (non-custom) that are pre-loaded with the whitening gel.  It is important to discuss which option is best for you with your dentist and/or hygienist. 

Why Opalescence®?

      Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride).

      Formulated to prevent dehydration and shade relapse

      Opalescence Go take-home whitening comes in 10% and 15% Hydrogen Peroxide concentration and with mint or melon flavor.

      Opalescence PF take-home whitening comes in 10%, 15%, 20%, 35% or 45% Carbamide Peroxide concentration and with mint, melon or regular flavor.

      Day or night wear

      Sticky, viscous gel won't migrate to soft tissues

For more information on the options, please view the page below:

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How is the Opalescence ® treatment performed?

Opalescence ® whitening gel contains 38% hydrogen peroxide and potassium nitrate. After in-office treatment, gel and toothpaste containing lower concentrations of the whitening formula may be prescribed for use at home. The Opalescence ® whitening gel is thick, which reduces mess during application.

Here is how the procedure will be performed:

  • A thorough cleaning will remove debris from the surfaces of the teeth

  • Photographs will be taken to record the current color of the teeth

  • A cheek retractor will be inserted to expose the surfaces of key teeth

  • A resin will be painted onto the gums to protect them

  • The first covering of Opalescence ® whitening gel will be applied to the teeth for 15 minutes

  • The dentist will suction off the gel and check the whitening progress

  • More gel will be applied for a further 15 minutes

  • Again, the gel will be removed

  • The mouth will be rinsed and the final round of whitening gel will be applied.

  • The mouth will be cleaned and photographs of teeth color post-treatment will be taken

If the dentist chooses to expedite the whitening process with a specialized light, the light will be applied for approximately 30 seconds per gel application. The entire procedure, including the initial cleaning should take no more than 90 minutes.

If you have questions or concerns about Opalescence ® or any other whitening treatment, please contact your dentist.

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