Tooth whitening is a chemical process using carbamide peroxide. The peroxide in the whitening agent breaks down into tiny molecules that move inside the tooth structure to break down the discolouration. The benefit of whitening is that teeth can be whitened fairly quickly in a simple manner. The amount of whitening varies with each individual. Most patients achieve a change within 2-5 weeks. We use Opalescence whitening here at Hurst Park.
How does tooth whitening work?
Tooth whitening is a chemical process. The peroxide in the whitening agent breaks down into tiny molecules that move inside the tooth structure, where they break down any molecules that cause discolouration. Because of this process, the internal colour of the entire tooth is lightened, and the structure of the tooth is not altered at all. Enamel, dentine and any fillings, crowns or veneers are not affected or harmed by the peroxide.
How long does tooth whitening last?
Tooth whitening results are very stable. Depending on your nutrition and lifestyle habits, tooth whitening may need to be topped up periodically, which is perfectly safe.
Will tooth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
Opalescence PF contains desensitising agents and has a high water content that keeps your teeth hydrated throughout the treatment which helps combat sensitivity for a comfortable and pleasant experience.
Is tooth whitening kind to my teeth?
Independent clinical studies have confirmed the fluoride and potassium nitrate in Opalescence PF treatments actually helps to reduce cavities, minimise sensitivity, increase enamel hardness and improve the overall health of your teeth.