Will whitening damage my teeth?
Opalescence® PF tooth whitening system
There’s been a long-standing fear with patients that tooth whitening could damage their enamel through decalcification. The reality is that decalcification is caused by exposure to acidity, a low pH in the mouth. For this reason, all
Opalescence® tooth whitening products
feature a nearly neutral pH that closely matches the pH of a patient’s mouth.
Exactly how white can I get my teeth, and how long will it last?
Lifestyle, age, and other factors determine how quickly teeth whiten, and how long it lasts.
This can be a somewhat tricky question, as many factors come into play to determine just how white a patient can get their teeth, and how long those results will last. Here’s what Dr. Fischer, founder and CEO of
says: “Everyone is different and it’s important that we never promise a patient that they’ll arrive at a certain shade. What we do tell them is that we’ll most likely achieve a significant level of whitening, and we have found that they’re usually thrilled with the results.”
The amount of coffee or wine one drinks, the frequency of consumption of staining foods like tomato sauces, certainly smoking, hygiene, and even genetics come into play when it comes to the ultimate shade of white each individual patient can achieve. Those factors can also influence the longevity of the results, and how often the patient will need to touch up. However, like Dr. Fischer says, most patients experience significant whitening from their original shade and leave the dental office thrilled with their results!
Is the chemical used in tooth whitening toxic?
Opalescence® Boost® in-office whitening
Opalescence whitening products are made of materials commonly found in or readily disposed of by the body, such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide is a combination of hydrogen peroxide and urea, which stabilizes the peroxide to allow for a slower release and longer wear time. Under proper dentist supervision and adherence to the product’s instructions, Opalescence tooth whitening products are not toxic.
Can I whiten my teeth while I have braces?
Opalescence Go® prefilled, disposable whitening system
Yes! It’s a common misconception that patients have to wait until after they’re finished with braces and other orthodontic treatments to whiten. The truth is, patients can whiten while their brackets are on because the peroxide in whitening gel penetrates beneath the brackets and spreads throughout the tooth to whiten and brighten the entire tooth.6Opalescence Go®
prefilled, disposable whitening trays are designed to mold to the tooth, so they fit directly over braces easily and comfortably. They are a great, affordable option for both orthodontic and non-orthodontic patients.
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