If you are one of the many people who have used store-bought whitening toothpaste, teeth whitening strips, or DIY home whitening solutions, only to be disappointed by the results, you’re not alone! Many home whitening solutions can lead to both short and long-term side effects that can be harmful and may not lead to whiter teeth.
At Chester County Family Dentistry, our Opalescence Teeth Whitening Systems offer professional, safe, and effective whitening results. If you’re hiding your smile due to stains or discoloration of your teeth, professional teeth whitening can do wonders to lift your confidence and spirit. Learn everything you need to know about how to get the results you want, without compromising your dental health.
Over time, our teeth can become stained for a variety of reasons. One of the most common ways surface stains develop are from the foods and drinks we consume. Red wine, soda, tea, and coffee are among the top offenders when it comes to staining your teeth.
Other contributing factors that may cause dull and stained teeth include:
When any of these factors produce discoloration and stains, consulting your dentist about pursuing a professional teeth whitening treatment can help restore a whiter and brighter smile.
While you may see a subtle difference by using over-the-counter teeth whitening products, you most likely won’t achieve the look you were hoping for. And, to avoid potential problems (often caused by abrasive whitening products) it’s always best to consult a professional before trying any new teeth whitening solution.
At CCFD, we offer patients the Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems for flexibility and reliable results.
As opposed to bleaching agents and over-the-counter whitening solutions that can be potentially damaging and cause sensitive teeth and gums, Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems whiten and brighten the teeth. Your smile quickly transforms several shades lighter, with minimal damage, all while supervised by a team of professionals.
Our CCFD team helps patients identify the best teeth-whitening process out of the following three options, based on their individual needs:
In as little as three weeks, a whiter smile can be achieved with the at-home and in-office Opalescence hybrid. A 40% hydrogen peroxide gel is first applied in our CCFD office. The process only takes about 15 minutes before showing visible results.
Patients are then provided with a gel and a whitening tray to take home. The tray should be worn for a maximum of 30 minutes per day (as opposed to eight hours with a traditional over-the-counter whitener.) If needed, an additional whitening treatment can be provided in a follow-up appointment.
Using a potassium nitrate and fluoride gel, the Opalescence PF Tray Gel whitening treatment not only whitens teeth but also decreases sensitivity and prevents cavities. Dr. David Montgomery or Dr. Ryan Dunn will create a custom tray for your teeth.
Once the tray is completed, a whitening gel will be made with a specific concentration to address the individual needs of the patient. The gel should be placed on the teeth for a maximum of 30 minutes and can be done day or night.
For the budget-conscious patient, we suggest Opalescence Go. These whitening trays are exclusively for home whitening use as a one-size-fits-all option. A thin, clear plastic tray holds a whitening gel formulated to whiten the teeth while also strengthening the tooth enamel. The gel can be worn during the day and then discarded after use.
Although it varies, depending on the option you choose, most in-office teeth whitening sessions can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
Your specific teeth-whitening goals and lifestyle will help determine which type of Opalescence experience is right for you. The best way to know for sure is to come in for a visit.
Occasionally, dental patients will experience temporary sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Often, this is only immediately following teeth whitening treatment and does not take long to subside.
It is important, however, not to overindulge when it comes to whitening your teeth. Over time, repeat teeth whitening products can wear down your tooth enamel, making the teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay and other dental issues.
Our patients love the results of Opalescence Teeth Whitening so much, that they often ask if there are ways to prolong their whiter, brighter, beautiful smile. While whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, and other over-the-counter products can only do so much to counter discoloration of the teeth, they can help to maintain your new smile.
With proper aftercare, your teeth whitening results can last for several months!
Here are a few easy things you can do to help prolong the positive outcome from professional teeth whitening:
If you’d like to know more about how Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems can improve and whiten your smile safely, effectively, and conveniently, please reach out to one of our Chester County Family Dentistry team members to schedule an appointment. Or, call one of our friendly, professional CCFD team members today at 610-431-0600.