At some point in their lives, most people have looked in the mirror and been unhappy with something about their smile. If you have ever thought your smile wasn’t bright or white enough, then Opalescence teeth whitening may be a great choice for you and your needs.

What is Opalescence teeth whitening?

Opalescence has been the leader in teeth whitening services for over 25 years. The products they offer allow you to team up with your dentist to see the whitening and brightening results you want, safely and effectively.

Their whitening gel contains potassium nitrates as well as fluoride to increase its efficiency. Although you can use Opalescence products as part of an in-chair dental whitening treatment, this gel can be worn day or night as part of an Opalescence take home kit. You can get these take home kits with the active ingredients of either Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen peroxide, and in a variety of strengths depending on the intensity of white you want.

The gel in these take home kits can be worn during the day or the night. It is sticky and viscous. Therefore, it will not migrate to soft tissues in the mouth and cause complications. All the Opalescence whitening options also come in two different delicious flavours: mint and melon as well as regular.

How does Opalescence teeth whitening work?

Dentists use two categories to classify stains on people’s teeth: intrinsic or extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains live beneath the microcracks in your tooth enamel and deep within your dentin (below the enamel) as well, whereas extrinsic stains can be found on the surface of the teeth. Products like whitening toothpaste or mouthwashes may be able to remove extrinsic surface stains, but only your dentist can provide you with effective ways to combat and remove intrinsic stains in the best ways possible.

Opalescence teeth whitening gels contain an active whitening ingredient, usually either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. This whitening ingredient penetrates beneath your tooth enamel to address the miniscule particles in your teeth that are discoloured.

The oxygen molecules in the whitening agent react with the discoloured portions of the tooth, breaking them apart.

The oxygen molecules cover the tooth, whitening it, and leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.

Opalescence teeth whitening: how long does it take?

Everyone’s teeth are different, so they respond to whitening treatment at different rates. Stains on teeth are also not all identical, so it may take more treatment to remove certain stains from the teeth.

Age can also affect whitening: Younger patients will typically see faster results. Colour can also be a factor; if your teeth are more yellow or brown tinged, they will be easier to whiten compared to people whose teeth are more blue or grey.

One important thing to keep in mind is that smiles usually look the most natural when the whiteness of your teeth matches the whiteness of your eyes. People who want a Hollywood white smile may not be considering how unnatural that can look in real life, and how unattainable that level of white is for most people’s teeth.

How long does Opalescence teeth whitening last?

The results of an Opalescence treatment are stable and long-lasting; however, factors like age, genetics, diet, some medications, and some unhealthy habits can dull the brightness of your teeth after the whitening process.

Touch-up treatments are readily available to keep your teeth as white as you would like them to be relatively constantly.

Consult with your dentist at the Dental Spot to see whether Opalescence teeth whitening can help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile. Call us today: (02) 9158 6115.

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