As time passes, you may notice your teeth don’t seem as white as they used to be. Many factors play into teeth losing their brilliance, such as genetics and the thinning of your enamel over time. However, other causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Dark food or beverages (particularly wine, coffee, and tea)
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Trauma or injury to a tooth or teeth
Getting the perfect smile you want may involve getting rid of unsightly stains from the causes listed above.
Products like tooth-whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter whitening strips can remove some external stains, but for the fastest and most dramatic results, professional dental whitening agents are your best bet. That’s why Pinnacle Dental offers Opalescence, which is an affordable and effective solution for achieving a whiter and brighter smile.
What Is Opalescence?
Opalescence is a professional tooth whitening product that has been in use – and highly regarded – for over 20 years. Opalescence gels contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as their active agent. . Studies have shown that these peroxides help improve oral health by raising the mouth’s pH, removing plaque, and killing the bacteria that causes cavities. As the agent penetrates your tooth enamel and spreads, it breaks up the discolored molecules and whitens the tooth. The end result is a brighter, whiter smile.
Opalescence also contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride). Potassium nitrate reduces sensitivity, and fluoride helps to reduce cavities and strengthen enamel. Together, they help make the teeth stronger and healthier.
How Can You Use Opalescence?
At Pinnacle Dental, we offer Opalescence in-office treatment (Boost), as custom trays with refillable gel syringes, and To-Go prefilled take-home strips.
Opalescence Boost is ideal if you want a brighter smile instantly or you have a special event coming up that requires a fast result. Unlike other in-office treatments, Boost is a chemically activated gel, so you won’t need to sit under a hot, uncomfortable light for it to work. First your teeth are isolated from the rest of your mouth and then the gel is painted on your teeth and left to do its work for about an hour. Results are immediate but often patients choose to supplement this treatment with at home whitening as well.
This method is most popular with our patients. Molds are taken of your mouth and custom whitening trays are fabricated to fit intimately and comfortably over your teeth. Along with the trays, you’ll receive four syringes of whitening gel that you can use to achieve your desired amount of whitening. The biggest advantage with this method is that the trays are yours, and should your teeth start to discolor again over time, all you have to do is purchase a refill of the whitening gel. You also have the choice of two different concentrations and two different flavors.
Opalescence Go is a great option to start whitening your teeth or for whitening touch-ups. As the professional alternative to over-the-counter whitening strips, Opalescence Go has the same ingredients as Boost without needing trays or impressions. However, some patients experience more discomfort with this option as the strips are not custom-fit to your mouth.
Benefits of Using Opalescence
Almost anyone can successfully whitening their teeth – from teenagers to grandparents. Don’t wait any longer to get the brighter, whiter smile you always wanted. While Opalescence cannot whiten existing veneers, fillings, or crowns, ask about your options for whitening your teeth before any cosmetic work in the front of your mouth so we can match our work to your new, whiter smile.
Come see us at Pinnacle Dental and talk to us about getting a brighter, healthier smile today.