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At Home Whitening: Opalescence


New Image Cosmetic and Family Dentistry provides teeth whitening services in Vancouver WA.

How does Opalescence work?

In the whitening process, carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide pass through the enamel and dentine where they break down into oxygen radials. After that, they proceed to break down the colored molecules that cause tooth discoloration. This does not change the chemical makeup of the tooth, only the visible color.

What Should I Expect During an Opalescence Treatment?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution up to 3 hours a day for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience slight tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. If you have sensitivity during the whitening, skip a day and then continue. Below is a copy of the care instructions that you will receive for your teeth and trays. Remember: consistency is the key to optimal results.

Advantages of Opalescence

  • Opalescence contains potassium nitrate and fluoride which decrease tooth sensitivity while strengthening enamel and preventing cavities.
  • Opalescence gel is made of 20% water to prevent dehydration and shade relapse.
  • Great mint flavor
  • You are in complete control of when and how much you will whiten your teeth.
  • Trays are custom made to fit comfortably and securely in your mouth.
  • Trays are reusable.

“I recommend Opalescence PF to other doctors because the results from patients using it are consistent. The sticky, viscous Opalescence PF gel is one of the most effective solutions I’ve used. My patients feel better knowing that the application of the gel also provides beneficial results such as improving enamel health and increasing enamel micro-hardness.”

Dr. Frank Spear – Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education

Instructions for Teeth Whitening with Opalescence

  • Lightly brush and floss teeth
  • Place a small pea-size drop of bleach in each tooth of your trays. If excess comes out, use a Q-tip to wipe away any extra solution.
  • Wear as long as comfortable, but do not exceed 3 hours. If sensitivity develops, reduce the time you wear the trays or discontinue whitening for a day.
  • When finished, rinse mouth and trays with warm water. Wait at least 1 hour before eating.

Extra Tips:

  • Avoid over-filling trays. If excess comes out, reduce amount of solution next time.
  • For extra help with sensitivity, brush with fluoride gel before wearing trays (available through our office).
  • For best results, consistently wear trays every day for 2 weeks. Your teeth might become more sensitive the longer you do treatment, so stop once you reach desired whiteness.
  • Keep trays for later touch-ups, especially if you are a frequent coffee or tea drinker (store away from household pets – they like to eat the trays!).
  • Trays can be used to whiten single teeth. If a particular tooth is darker than others, fill this tooth individually and proceed with instructions above until the tooth matches the other teeth. It is normal for people to have slightly different-colored natural teeth.
  • Replacement of any restorations should be completed 7-10 days after bleaching so the Doctor can accurately match the newly bleached teeth.
  • Regular office cleanings will help to remove stain, polish teeth, and keep them looking their best!

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Opalescence Teeth Whitening in Vancouver WA

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