Professional In-Office Whitening in only 15-30 minutes!
Opalescence Boost- is an effective in-office tooth whitening system requiring no light and less prep time in the dental chair!
WHITEN YOUR SMILE - There are many causes of tooth staining. Certain medicines, tooth trauma, root fillings, and foods and beverages can cause tooth discoloration over time. Some discolorations are superficial while others are internal. Both can be effectively treated by a dentist; professional whitening is the best option to safely lighten discolored teeth.
How does bleaching work? The whitening process is possible “due to the ability of the carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide to freely pass through enamel and dentin and to permeate to all parts of the tooth.”These peroxides break down into oxygen radicals, which migrate between the enamel prisms, breaking down any colored molecules that result in tooth discoloration. The structure of the tooth is not altered; the internal tooth color is simply made lighter. Bleaching agents break down into tiny molecules and move in all directions so even if the entire tooth is not covered with bleach, the entire tooth is whitened. Numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of peroxides in whitening teeth. Enamel, dentin, existing fillings, and bonding materials are not affected by the whitening agents, nor are they harmed by the whitening materials.
How long does the bleaching last? Bleaching results are very stable, but depending on the patient’s nutrition and lifestyle habits, the procedure may need to be redone periodically. Due to the safety of the bleaching agents, this shouldnot concern the dentist or patient.
Will bleaching cause tooth sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of bleaching. If sensitivity occurs, it is transient and disappears after the completion of bleaching. However, most Opalescence products include PF(potassium nitrate and fluoride) desensitizing agents for additional comfort. Research has shown that just as hydrogen peroxide penetrates through the enamel and dentin and to the pulp, so does potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate acts more like an analgesic or anesthetic by keeping the nervefrom repolarizing after it has depolarized in the pain cycle.Fluoride acts primarily as a tubular blocker, plugging the holes and slowing down the fluid flow that causes the sensitivity.
Will bleaching weaken the tooth’s Enamel? Findings on the Opalescence PF product line presented at the American Association of Dental Research confirm that whitening with Opalescence PF willactually minimize sensitivity, provide anti-caries benefits, increase enamel microhardness, and improve overall enamel health.
Important: DENTIST SUPERVISION IS THE BEST WAY TO WHITEN!
Tooth whitening treatments today are effective and safe if they are used appropriately and with the correct materials. This includes an initial diagnosis,professional teeth cleaning, briefing on the chosen whitening process, and monitoring of the patient during the treatment phase. Self-treatment by the patient with over-the-counter (OTC) products often does not provide the results desired. All products of the Opalescence system are medical products and are dispensed or released only by dental practitioners.