Teeth Whitening (Opalescence)
Everyone likes a nice healthy smile that’s bright and white. Our team would love to help you get that. We offer Opalescence, a whitening gel kit that you can take home to use. This makes it more convenient than ever to get whitening from the dentist’s office. You can use it at home whenever you have time to. This makes it easy to get the whiter teeth that you have so wanted.
Trays Made to Fit Your Teeth
The system is used with trays that hold a tooth-whitening gel. The trays, one for the top teeth and one for the bottom, are then worn over the teeth. This is helpful for keeping the gel in place up against the teeth where it can remove stains.
We make the trays to fit your teeth for you right here in our office so that you have custom trays that fit you perfectly. To make those, we take tooth impressions and make the trays according to your unique teeth for a good fit. When you take this kit home, you will have your personalized trays as well as a whitening gel in syringes. This gel uses potassium nitrate and fluoride to whiten your teeth and help them be stronger.
When you have your Opalescence kit, it’s often recommended that you put the gel into the trays and wear them for 30 minutes or more every day. You can also wear these overnight for faster whitening. Whenever it’s convenient for you, you can use your whitening kit.
We offer Opalescence GO as a way to professionally whiten your teeth. It’s a simple way to whiten the teeth, and it gives you a quick start on your way to whitening. This type of whitening kit has a clear tray that isn’t personalized and that anyone can use. This is used to hold the whitening gel so that you can use everything right from the package. It also contains potassium nitrate and fluoride for whiter teeth that is made available in syringes.
If you eat and drink things that can stain the teeth easily, you may have to do a cycle of tooth whitening every once in a while to keep your teeth as white as you want them to be. Dr. Harrington can tell you how often you will need to use it and whether your stains are the type that will respond to this tooth whitening system.
There are some stains, such as those that result from too much contact with fluoride or from certain antibiotics, that won’t respond to these types of tooth whitening kits. If you aren’t sure what kind of staining is on your teeth, contact us to have a consultation with the dentist here at North Florida Dentistry. Dr. Harrington can assess the color of your teeth, along with your medical history, and can tell you whether you are a good candidate for this tooth whitening system. If these aren’t a good fit for your teeth, you may decide to get veneers instead. Both tooth whitening and veneers can make you happier with the way your smile looks.