Opalescence is an at-home teeth whitening system that consists of disposable trays that are filled with a specially designed bleaching gel. These trays fit comfortably over the teeth and, when used regularly over a certain period of time, will remove stains and discoloration in order to whiten your teeth.
Now, Opalescence is offering Boost Whitening, an in-office teeth whitening alternative. Boost is much stronger than at-home teeth whitening kits and produces results in about an hour as opposed to weeks. It also surpasses older methods of in-office whitening because the gel is chemically activated. This means that we don’t have to use heat or UV rays, which makes the process more comfortable for our Bellaire and Sharpstown patients that suffer from sensitive teeth or dry mouth, and even saves money.
How Does Boost Teeth Whitening Work?
Boost’s unique formula calls for syringe-to-syringe mixing, which ensures the formula stays fresh and allows for even mixing and application. One syringe contains 38% hydrogen peroxide, which is the active ingredient we use for teeth whitening. The second syringe contains fluoride and potassium nitrate, which strengthens the enamel. Stronger enamel means less sensitivity and greater protection from cavities.
Boost also enables our South Houston dentist to be as hyper-targeted as necessary; whereas other whitening gels need to be applied to multiple teeth at once, Boost can be used to treat as little as a small section of a single tooth. This way we can provide a more customized teeth whitening treatment to all of our patients.
The Process of In-Office Teeth Whitening With Boost in Southwest Houston
Our in-office whitening treatment usually lasts about 1 hour, but 2 hours or more than one treatment may be necessary for the more stubborn stains. That said, we will get your teeth prepared for whitening with a dental cleaning.
- We’ll expose the gums, utilize a tongue protector, and give you protective eyewear.
- Use suction to remove saliva and air dry the teeth
- OpalDam® is applied to protect your gums and a curing light hardens for. A curing light is then used to harden the dam so we can remove it easily
- Mix the two gels
- Place gel on the surface of the teeth
- 15 minutes later, we’ll remove the gel with suction so it doesn’t end up on the soft tissues
- Rinse the mouth and repeat until desired whiteness is achieved (1-2 hours)
Maintaining Your New, Bright Smile
Once our Southwest Houston dentist completes your teeth whitening treatment, we may offer some Opalescence maintenance products, such as toothbrushes and toothpastes or an at-home teeth whitening kit to ensure you can proudly show off your new smile for longer.