Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene.
At-home bleaching involves low-concentration whitening trays sent home from your dentist or over-the-counter whitening products such as gels, strips and rinses. This type of bleaching requires a longer period of treatment – from a week to two weeks – using the product for a certain number of hours each day.
Please remember that not all stains will respond to bleaching. In addition, bleaching will not work on tooth-colored fillings or dental bonding. We recommend not bleaching your teeth if you have infected gums or tooth decay.
Opalescence involves applying a unique chemical formula to the teeth. The special formula includes potassium nitrate and fluoride, which reduce tooth sensitivity, fortify tooth enamel and offer increased cavity protection. So not only are you whitening your teeth, you are strengthening them at the same time!
The whitening formula comes in pre-measured syringes. The pre-packaging ensures that the formula is sealed to be kept fresh and that the formula is properly blended together. The formula is also red in color to assure that it is evenly applied to your teeth.