Opalescence

Teeth Whitening

You already know that whitening works, but do you know how?

Stains on teeth can be classified in one of two ways: extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains appear on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains live between the micro-cracks in your enamel and deep within your dentin (the layer of your tooth underneath your enamel).

Whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses may be able to remove some of the extrinsic stains on your teeth. But only teeth whitening agents can remove the stubborn extrinsic stains and the unsightly intrinsic stains that cause your teeth to look discoloured.

Opalescence gels contain an active whitening ingredient (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) that penetrates your enamel to get to discoloured molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discoloured molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, you are left with a brighter, whiter smile.

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How Does Whitening Work?

Step one

The whitening agent (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) penetrates the enamel to reach the discoloured molecules inside your tooth.

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step two

Oxygen molecules from the whitening agent react with the discoloured molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together.

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step three

The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. The end result is a brighter, whiter smile!