Take-Home Whitening

Are you looking for an easy and convenient way to brighten your smile? Don't worry, you're not alone and we are here to help! If your pearly whites have lost their lustre in recent years, take-home teeth whitening might be the perfect option for you.


What to consider when deciding on teeth whitening

Have you tried whitening toothpaste and other products promising pearly whites, but you're not seeing results? It might be important to start asking yourself if professional teeth whitening might make the difference you've been looking for: 

  • Does the condition of your teeth adversely affect your self-esteem?
  • What method of teeth whitening fits best in your budget?
  • How does your schedule align with the different choices for teeth whitening?
  • What level of whitening do you want? 
  • Do you have any underlying health problems?
  • What process for teeth whitening makes the most sense for your schedule and household situation?

Teeth whitening methods

The two most effective whitening methods give professional results in a minimal amount of time.

In-Chair Whitening (often known as Zoom!) - Zoom! represents the method in which the process takes place in the dentist's chair. This method takes only about an hour, but the time set aside does not include any other dental services such as cleaning or filling cavities. Zoom! offers impressive results in a relatively short amount of time.

Take-home Whitening (often using Opalescence brand whitening gel) - You can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. The convenience of watching television or sleeping as you brighten your teeth offers enough incentive for many people to select the take-home method. 


What's involved in take-home teeth whitening?

Opalescence represents a great way to whiten your teeth for some important reasons:

Safety: Opalescence contains potassium nitrate and fluoride or PF. PF helps maintain the health of the enamel. It may also prevent cavities and even lessen teeth sensitivity. The formula also prevents dehydration and shade relapse. Additionally, as an Opalescence customer, even though you're at home, your dentist remains a resource for any questions or problems.

Effectiveness: While using Opalescence treatments, you may notice a difference after the first session. It takes about one to two weeks of the in-home treatment to get optimum results. The amount of carbamide peroxide contained in the gel determines the amount of time to wear your trays per session for whitening results. These professional-strength gels can only be used in custom made trays, under the supervision of a dentist. The colour and condition of your teeth and your tolerance may help determine which level to choose.

Customisable: You can choose the strength of whitening solution based on your individual needs, and the whitening gel comes in three different flavours (regular, melon or mint) to make the process more pleasant.


What to expect from your Opalescence treatment

Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create your custom-made trays. The trays will be mailed to your home in a protective case for your convenience. 

After receiving the trays, follow the following procedure to complete your treatment:

  • Remove the trays from the case
  • Each section of the tray representing a tooth should get one continuous bead of gel
  • Place the fitted trays on your mouth and wear them for the amount of time corresponding the concentration of carbamide peroxide
  • Wipe off any excess gel with a tissue or a clean finger
  • After removing the trays, clean them thoroughly with cool water
  • Depending on the frequency and duration of the treatments, this process may take one to two weeks to achieve the expected or desired results.

To receive the Opalescence system, you must go through a licensed dentist. Even though most of the process takes place at home, dental professionals monitor the treatment.

Though many over-the-counter products such as toothpaste and mouthwash contain ingredients to whiten your teeth, the results often disappear as soon as you eat or drink something. The Opalescence treatment whitens your teeth for results that last much longer than the over-the-counter offerings. Healthy adjustments to your lifestyle, such as the absence of tobacco and limiting coffee and alcohol will keep your teeth whiter for longer. Of course, good dental hygiene, including thorough brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash also help maintain your smile.

National Dental Care offers reasonable rates for professional teeth whitening and flexible payment plans to fit everyone's budget. If you have questions about Opalescence or other whitening methods, please feel free to contact us.

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