Are you tired of hiding your teeth every time you smile? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a big, bright, and beautiful smile? Teeth Whitening will safely lighten the color of your teeth, reduce discoloration and staining, to give you a sparkling white smile. The term "teeth whitening" can pertain to a number of techniques to improve the brightness of a patient's set of teeth.
Home bleaching solutions are products that contain peroxide that bleaches the tooth enamel. These whitening products typically rely on percentages of carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent that comes in several different concentrations. Peroxide-containing tooth bleaching kits typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard.
2 Types of Home Bleaching Kits
Opalescence® by Ultradent USA was the first ADA accepted, syringe delivered, take-home bleaching gel. The patented formula has unique sticky and adhesive properties, which produce teeth whitening results in 1-2 weeks
Prior to the Opalescence® home bleaching gel, the process was tedious and time-consuming with varying levels of patient acceptance. The active ingredient in the Opalescence® teeth whitening gel is carbamide peroxide. Opalescence® PF carbamide peroxide-based gels come in strengths of 10%, 15%, and 20%.
The safety and effectiveness of Opalescence® home bleaching gel is unsurpassed. This teeth whitening system is recommended for discolored teeth prior to placement of composite veneers, dental crowns, or bridges, were porcelain and other restorative materials will not be able to whiten.
Unlike other home bleaching gels, the Opalescence® is a sticky formula that does not leak from its home bleaching tray. Patients experience teeth whitening results quickly which leads to high treatment compliance. A university study proved that the Opalescence® home bleaching gel can be active for 8-10 hours for an overnight home bleaching session.
The Opalescence® home bleaching gel has an estimated shelf life of 18 months if kept refrigerated and 12 months if kept outside the refrigerator.
A home bleaching or "take-home" whitening process starts in our clinic with a dentist taking an impression of your mouth to make your own custom-fitted mouth trays. The trays are tried on to make sure they fit correctly, then our dentist will prescribe you a solution of carbamide peroxide to use at home for a period of time.
This whitening system can be used instead of an in-office laser whitening, or it may used to enhance or prolong the effects following a laser teeth whitening treatment.