For a comfortable and convenient teeth whitening solution that you can apply on your own time without sitting in a dentist’s chair for an hour, you should consider Opalescence. Like other forms of teeth whitening, it provides a minimally-invasive solution that preserves the structural integrity of your teeth, all while getting results that can rival and even exceed an in-office appointment.

Dr. Pamela Marzban is happy to offer Opalescence alongside other cosmetic dentistry solutions at her Fairfax dental practice. To learn more about Opalesence, set up an appointment with Dr. Marzban by calling 703-323-8200.

The Opalescence Process

Opalescence whitens your teeth with a series of dental trays custom-fitted to your teeth. You put the whitening formula inside the dental trays, and then put the trays over your teeth every night for a certain amount of time. After several weeks of following this process, your teeth will be noticeably whiter.

You can make several choices for your Opalescence trays, including:

  • The strength of the whitening gel
  • How long you need to keep the trays in
  • The flavor of the whitening gel
  • Wearing trays during the day or night

To be a candidate for Opalescence, your teeth ought to be in reasonably good condition, with no untreated cavities or advanced signs of tooth decay. The process mostly affects the enamel of your teeth, so it works best if your teeth still have most of their enamel. And if you have crowns or porcelain veneers, you may need to get them changed to match the new color of your teeth.

Advantages of Opalescence

While Dr. Marzban’s has an in-office whitening option in the form of Boost Tooth Whitening, you may have reasons for not wanting to get your whitening done in a dentist’s chair. Perhaps the 1-hour process is too much of a hassle, or perhaps you feel anxious if you spend too long in a dentist’s office. Whatever your reason, Opalescence custom dental trays are meant to be used at home, so you don’t have to spend a long time at the dentist’s.

Opalescence also offers the following advantages:

  • Custom-fitted to your teeth for a comfortable experience
  • Can be put in at night and whiten while you sleep
  • Results on the same level as in-office whitening
  • Continued use can preserve results
  • Gradual whitening process prevents the results from distracting people

Although many people like the instant results of in-office teeth whitening, take-home trays typically get better results. Opalescence gel also contains potassium nitrate. This helps prevent your teeth from becoming over-sensitive as a result of the whitening procedure.

What If Opalescence Doesn’t Work for Me?

Opalescence teeth whitening should work for most people whose teeth have been stained by  foods, drinks, and other exposures. It even works on tetracycline stains and fluorosis white spots in many cases. If your teeth aren’t responding to it, it’s likely that the cause of your tooth discoloration is something else. Enamel defects, tooth decay, or internal injury may be responsible for discoloration. Usually, Dr. Marzban will identify these other causes of tooth discoloration and recommend another approach to whitening. Porcelain veneers or crowns can restore whiteness if Opalescence doesn’t work. Because these other procedures are more invasive, people often choose to try Opalescence first.

Opalescence Teeth Whitening in Fairfax

If you want to learn more about Opalescence and explore other possibilities for teeth whitening, you should contact the offices of Dr. Pamela Marzban. Our professional staff can help you decide what is the best option for you. Contact us through this website or at 703-323-8200. Dr. Marzban serves patients in Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Burke, Washington DC, and the surrounding areas.