Whitening

The Opalescence® Story

The leader in whitening for more than 20 years

Opalescence Product Line

From one smile to millions

“Dad, I need my teeth whiter. Dad, I need my teeth whiter.”


Jaleena was persistent. She would cut tooth whitening advertisements out of dental journals and leave hand-written reminders on her dad’s nightstand. As Dr. Fischer’s 14-year-old daughter, Jaleena was determined to keep her dad's attention focused on developing what would later be known as Opalescence.


“Be patient, love. I’m working on something,” Dr. Fischer would say.


In Ultradent’s R&D department, Dr. Fischer worked tirelessly to get his whitening product just the way he wanted it. He knew it needed to have a sticky, viscous composition to keep the gel in place and to prevent it from leeching out of the tray onto the soft tissue. It needed to provide sustained peroxide release for superior whitening results. And it needed to be delivered via a soft, thin scalloped tray with reservoirs to ensure the maximum amount of gel stays in contact with the teeth during the entire treatment.


One night in 1991, after Dr. Fischer was finally satisfied with the whitening gel he and his team had come up with, he took it home to Jaleena. He had her load the new Opalescence gel in the tray before bed and asked her to wear it throughout the night. “When you wake up in the morning,” he said, “don’t take the tray out. Come find me, and we’ll take it out together.” The next morning, Jaleena and her dad took the tray out. After just one night, she had gone from an A3 to an A1.


It’s been nearly 25 years since that eventful morning for Jaleena and her dad. In that time, Opalescence has gone from one sticky, viscous 10% carbamide peroxide formula to a full menu of whitening products. Now the world leader in whitening, Opalescence has helped millions of people brighten their smiles, giving them more confidence and improving their quality of life. And it can do the same for your patients!

Check out this interactive timeline to follow the history of Opalescence and see which at-home, ready-to-go, and in-office whitening treatments are available today!

1990

Introduction of Opalescence


Original Opalescence

Opalescence pioneers modern tooth whitening with the first sticky, viscous, sustained-release bleaching gel delivered via syringe


First scalloped custom-tray design with reservoirs is developed

 

2014

Current Opalescence Lineup



Opalescence PF
Opalescence Go
Opalescence Boost
Specialty
 
Whitening

Customized Whitening

Opalescence PF


Opalescence PF whitening gel offers your patients professional whitening power in the comfort of their own homes. Available in Mint, Melon, and Regular flavors, Opalescence PF is delivered via custom-made trays, further tailoring the treatment to your patients’ smiles. It features potassium nitrate and fluoride. Findings have confirmed that potassium nitrate and fluoride actually help to reduce cavities, minimize sensitivity, increase enamel hardness, and improve the overall health of the teeth.1–5 And it is available in formulations of 10%, 15%, 20%, and 35% carbamide peroxide. Help patients select the best methods for themselves, depending on their levels of sensitivity, how fast they want to see results, and how long they want to wear their trays (including an overnight option).






Opalescence PF Syringes





Opalescence PF 10%


Opalescence PF 10% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 10% Carbamide Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For patients with existing sensitivity; can be worn day or night
Flavors: Mint, Melon, and Regular
10% Recommended Time: 8–10 hrs/day or overnight




Opalescence PF 15%, 20%


Opalescence PF 20% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 15%, 20% Carbamide Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For faster bleaching
Flavors: Mint, Melon, and Regular
15% Recommended Time: 4–6 hrs/day
20% Recommended Time: 2–4 hrs/day




Opalescence PF 35%


Opalescence PF 35% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 35% Carbamide Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For shorter wear time and touch-ups
Flavors: Mint, Melon, and Regular
35% Recommended Time: 30 minutes

Opalescence PF

Opalescence PF Product

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Opalescence PF Smile




Opalescence PF 10%


Opalescence PF 10% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 10% Carbamide Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For patients with existing sensitivity; can be worn day or night
Flavors: Mint, Melon, and Regular
10% Recommended Time: 8–10 hrs/day or overnight




Opalescence PF 15%, 20%


Opalescence PF 20% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 15%, 20% Carbamide Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For faster bleaching
Flavors: Mint, Melon, and Regular
15% Recommended Time: 4–6 hrs/day
20% Recommended Time: 2–4 hrs/day




Opalescence PF 35%


Opalescence PF 35% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 35% Carbamide Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For shorter wear time and touch-ups
Flavors: Mint, Melon, and Regular
35% Recommended Time: 30 minutes

Opalescence Go Smile









Opalescence Go 10%


Opalescence Go 10% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 10% Hydrogen Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For fast whitening to go; an alternative to over-the-counter products
Flavors: Mint, Melon, and Peach
10% Recommended Time: 30–60 min/day




Opalescence Go 15%


Opalescence Go 15% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 15% Hydrogen Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For faster whitening to go; an alternative to over-the-counter products
Flavors: Mint
15% Recommended Time: 15–20 min/day

Whitening

Ready-To-Go Whitening

Opalescence Go



Opalescence Go features ready-to-go convenience with an enhanced tray design for an even more adaptable and more comfortable whitening experience. Its new unique tray material easily conforms to your patients’ individual smiles. And its molar-to-molar coverage ensures the gel comes in contact with more posterior teeth. Opalescence Go is available in two concentrations for different wear times, and delicious Mint, Melon, and Peach flavors. So powerful and effective, Opalescence Go is dispensed only by dental professionals.


After just 10 minutes in the mouth, the UltraFit tray softens and molds to the arch to create a custom-like fit that is far more comfortable and effective than over-the-counter whiteners.

Opalescence Go Trays

Opalescence Go 10%


Opalescence Go 10% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 10% Hydrogen Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For fast whitening to go; an alternative to over-the-counter products
Flavors: Mint, Melon, and Peach
10% Recommended Time: 30–60 min/day




Opalescence Go 15%


Opalescence Go 15% Before and After

Active Ingredient: 15% Hydrogen Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: For faster whitening to go; an alternative to over-the-counter products
Flavors: Mint
15% Recommended Time: 15–20 min/day

Opalescence PF

Opalescence Go Product

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Whitening

In-Office Whitening

For patients who want the instant satisfaction of a brighter, whiter smile after just one visit to the dentist's office, try Opalescence Boost. Its powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide formula delivers WOW results after just 40 minutes in the dental chair. And unlike other in-office whiteners, Opalescence Boost doesn't require a hot, uncomfortable light to work. Best of all, Opalescence Boost includes potassium nitrate and fluoride. Findings have confirmed that the potassium nitrate and fluoride actually help to reduce cavities, minimize sensitivity, increase enamel hardness, and improve the overall health of the teeth.1–5



Opalescence Boost Syringe



Opalescence Boost 40%


Opalescence Boost Before and After

Active Ingredient: 40% Hydrogen Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: Dentist supervised; faster chairside treatment
Opalescence Boost Recommended Time: Two 20-minute applications per office visit. (May use three applications per visit depending on desired results or patient sensitivity.)

Opalescence Boost

Opalescence Boost Product

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Opalescence BOOST Smile






Opalescence Boost 40%


Opalescence Boost Before and After

Active Ingredient: 40% Hydrogen Peroxide
Contains: Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
Indications: Dentist supervised; faster chairside treatment
Opalescence Boost Recommended Time: Two 20-minute applications per office visit. (May use three applications per visit depending on desired results or patient sensitivity.)

Whitening

Specialty

Opalescence offers minimally invasive whitening alternatives to crowns and veneers. Use Opalescence Endo to whiten a non-vital, endodontically treated tooth. Simply seal it inside the pulp chamber for 3–5 days, and the tooth will whiten as the patient goes about their normal day-to-day activities. Opalustre is perfect for patients with demineralization or superficial white or brown stains caused by fluorosis. It contains a 6.6% hydrochloric acid slurry that chemically and mechanically removes unsightly decalcification and enamel mottling.


Opalescence Endo



Opalescence Endo


Opalescence Endo Before and After


Active Ingredient: 35% Hydrogen Peroxide
Indications: Minimally invasive technique for whitening non-vital teeth
Opalescence Endo Recommended Time: Whitening agent sealed inside tooth for 3–5 days

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Opalustre



Opalustre


Opalustre Before and After


Active Ingredient: 6.6% hydrochloric acid slurry with silicon carbide microparticles
Indications: For eliminating enamel decalcification or superficial white and brown stains from fluorosis

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Whitening

How Whitening Works

Tooth whitening is done with one of two active ingredients: carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Some whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide and others contain carbamide peroxide. Both will safely penetrate teeth to oxidize stains, producing whiter, brighter smiles. Carbamide peroxide contains hydrogen peroxide at a ratio of approximately 1:3. So if a product has a concentration of 30% carbamide peroxide, it contains about 10% hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide and urea, which allows for a longer period of active peroxide release. This is why carbamide peroxide whitening agents have a longer wear time than hydrogen peroxide whiteners. Hydrogen peroxide is typically used for shorter wear times—when patients desire convenience and less of a time commitment. Opalescence offers both carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide treatment options, allowing clinicians to customize the treatment that best suits their professional recommendations and the needs of each patient. Learn more about how the whitening process works below!


Whitening agent penetrates enamel

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



Oxygen molecules

2. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agent react with the discolored molecules in the teeth, breaking the bonds that hold the molecules together



Oxygen molecules spread

3. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth



Brighter, whiter smile

4. The end result is a brighter, whiter smile

  1. The whitening agent (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) penetrates the enamel to reach the discolored molecules inside the tooth
  2. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agent react with the discolored molecules in the teeth, breaking the bonds that hold the molecules together
  3. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth
  4. The end result is a brighter, whiter smile




1. Basting RT, Rodrigues AL Jr, Serra MC. The effects of seven carbamide peroxide bleaching agents on enamel microhardness over time. J Am Dent Assoc. 2003;134(10):1335-42. 2. Al-Qunaian TA. The effect of whitening agents on caries susceptibility of human enamel. Oper Dent. 2005;30(2):265-70. 3. Clark LM, Barghi N, Summitt JB, Amaechi BT. Influence of fluoridated carbamide peroxide bleaching gel on enamel demineralization. J Dent Res. 85(Spec Iss A):0497, 2006 (www.dentalresearch.org). 4. Amaechi BT, Clark LM, Barghi N, Summitt JB. Enamel fluoride uptake from fluoridated carbamide peroxide bleaching gel. J Dent Res. 85(Spec Iss A):0498, 2006 (www.dentalresearch.org). 5. Browning WD, Myers M, Downey M, Pohjola RM, Brackett WW. Report on low sensitivity whiteners. J Dent Res. 85(Spec Iss A):1650, 2006 (www.dentalresearch.org).

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