Professional Teeth Whitening for Beginners

Coffee, tea, and red wine can really take a toll on your bright smile. A great way to put some sparkle back into your smile, and even make you look more youthful, is to have your teeth professionally whitened.

A professional teeth whitening treatment can:

  • Remove years of accumulated stains
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Enhance your appearance
  • No dangerous side effects
  • Custom whitening trays for more effective and faster results

Opalescence Whitening

Opalescence Go is a simple and convenient teeth whitening solution that you can take with you. It is our recommended alternative to over-the-counter whitening products that normally lead to lackluster results.

No impressions or custom trays are required. Once you take it out of the package, it’s ready to go right away. The advantages of the Opalescence Go system are its simplicity, effectiveness and low-cost.

Opalescence Go Features:

  • No molds or impressions required
  • Ready to go right from the box
  • Trays fit any smile
  • Whitening gel contains fluoride and potassium nitrate for enhanced comfort

Opalescence Custom Trays

This system involves the use of customized teeth whitening trays that are individually fit to your unique smile. The active ingredient here is carbamide peroxide. Like Opalescence Go, potassium nitrate and fluoride are added for your comfort. Your customized trays can be worn for as little as 15 minutes a day, or overnight. You can find a link to refill bleach gel here.

Opalescence Go is available in mint and melon flavors. You can find a link to these trays here.

Custom trays include regular, mint, and melon flavor options.

How long will my results last?

There are too many variables to say for certain. Some factors that can affect the length of your results include lifestyle choices and the consumption of certain medications. Basically, if you resume the behaviors that stained your teeth in the first place, your results will not last as long as they could.

At-home whitening products like trays and strips can last up to six months.

Professional teeth whitening can last up to one year.

The Opalescence Go system relies upon ready-to-wear disposable trays. The percentage of the active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, is displayed on the package.

Bleach Gel: Uses carbamide peroxide. The number displayed on the label shows the carbamide peroxide percentage concentration. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. The percentage of hydrogen peroxide is one-third that of the carbamide peroxide concentration. So, for example, 45% carbamide peroxide is about 15% hydrogen peroxide gel.

The Bottom Line

While over-the-counter teeth whitening products help some people with minor staining, they cannot match professional results. Another benefit of professional teeth whitening is that you can choose to be under supervision during your treatment to help minimize teeth sensitivity.

Just remember to avoid the consumption of dark-colored beverages like coffee, tea and red wine. Do not smoke tobacco products. This should ensure that your results last for as long as possible before you need any follow-up treatments.

Thanks for your support!

– Dr. Houlik 



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