If you prefer teeth that are immediately whiter right now or you would rather whiten your teeth over a few nights while you sleep, Drs. McFarlane, Childers or Grewal has your answer with Opalesence! The Opalesence! In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades* in a little over an hour while you relax at your dentist’s office. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results. The Opalesence! Take-Home Whitening System uses a revolutionary patent-pending gel to whiten your teeth an average of six shades in three nights*. And you may go even lighter with additional applications. Start on Friday and by Monday you’ll have a whole new smile.
Strips or paint-on gels are a waste of time. Get your teeth whiter in a fraction of the time with Opalesence.
What is Opalesence! tooth whitening?
Opalesence! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What can cause tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. With an oral exam, Drs. McFarlane, Childers or Grewal can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
Is tooth whitening becoming more popular?
Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. The Opalesence Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Opalesence! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Do the results last a long time?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with Whitening Toothpaste, and touch-ups with Opalesence! take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Opalesence!
Yes! Consulting Drs. McFarlane, Childers or Grewal is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Opalesence! is clinically proven to whiten your teeth eight shades* in one hour or six shades* in just one weekend.
How does the Opalesence! In-Office System work?
The Opalesence! light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The Opalesence! light aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.
Is the Opalesence! In-office procedure painful?
No. During the procedure, patients can actually watch television or listen to music. Many fall asleep.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
How long is the procedure?
The entire procedure takes just over one hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure (we recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Opalesence! Whitening session).
How long does Opalesence! Take-Home Whitening take?
The Opalesence! take-home gel is designed to be worn between 3 and 30 minutes per application. Drs. McFarlane, Childers or Grewal will advise you on how long you should wear each application. A recent study showed that you can achieve an average improvement of six shades* after just three nights of use. Drs. McFarlane, Childers or Grewal will help you determine how many applications are right for you.
How is the Opalesence! Take-Home System different from the Opalesence! In-Office System?
The main difference between the two systems is that you use the Opalesence! Take-Home System in the convenience of your own home over a few nights. The Opalesence! In-Office System is performed entirely in the office.