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Opalescence® PF® 10%, 15%, 20%, and 35%

Carbamide Peroxide with Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride
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Product Details

For use with customized take-home whitening trays, Opalescence PF offers many options for patients. With its easy syringe delivery, Opalescence PF is easily customizable for each patient’s individual situation. The gel contains 20% water to prevent dehydration, and the sticky, viscous formula helps keep the gel and tray in place. With four concentrations and three flavors, patients can completely customize their whitening experience.

  • Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride). Potassium nitrate has been shown to help reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help reduce caries and strengthen enamel. Together they help to improve the overall health of the teeth.1-5
  • Formulated to prevent dehydration and shade relapse
  • Four concentrations for treatment flexibility, with wear times from 30 minutes to overnight
  • Three flavors: Mint, Melon, and Regular
  • Day or night wear
  • Sticky, viscous gel won’t migrate to soft tissues and ensures tray stays securely in place

Indications for Use

Opalescence PF

Opalescence is recommended for whitening discolored teeth prior to placement of composite, veneers, and/or crowns. It is effective in removing some or all internal tooth discolorations due to congenital, systemic, pharmacologic, traumatic, etc., factors as well as aging. It is even successful at resolving staining from fluorosis and tetracycline.6,7

Clinicals

Opalescence® PF® 10%, 15%, 20%, and 35%

Before and After Opalescence

Before whitening.
Upper teeth after five nights of treatment, approximately 40 hours.
Heavy tetracycline discolorations. This whitening process can require a whitening treatment that lasts from several weeks to months.
After whitening with Opalescence.
A 12-year-old before whitening.
After five nights of bleaching.
Moderate to advanced tetracycline stains.
Improvement in two weeks. With tetracycline stains, treatment can require two to six months.

Technical Details

Patented Sticky, Viscous Gel

With Opalescence, patients don’t have to worry about gel ending up where it’s not supposed to go. Our original, patented formula is sticky and viscous, so it stays where it’s placed, preventing the gel from migrating during treatment and helping keep the custom tray in place. This means the whitening treatment is as comfortable as possible, which helps in patient compliance.

Superior Stability

Opalescence products are among the most stable whitening products in the industry, each maintaining virtually all of its effectiveness over the course of its shelf life.8,9 Because delivery times vary depending on the location of each particular dental office, Opalescence products are formulated with transit time in mind, so they remain stable even after being shipped across the country. In fact, stability studies performed on Opalescence tooth whitening gels have shown that the peroxide potency at the end of the product’s shelf life is consistently 90% or greater.9

Formulated with 20% Water

Many whitening products on the market dehydrate teeth, resulting in uncomfortable sensitivity for patients. Opalescence PF is made up of 20% water to keep the teeth hydrated during the whitening process. This high water content, combined with optimum levels of potassium nitrate and fluoride, reduce the likelihood of residual sensitivity for the patient.

Gluten Free and Kosher Certified

Opalescence products are gluten free and kosher certified, so they fit in with the lifestyles and beliefs of patients from any background.

Sweetened with Xylitol

Every Opalescence product is sweetened with xylitol, a noncariogenic sweetener, which may reduce the risk of dental caries.

Perfectly Balanced pH

Because tooth-whitening gel can be in the mouth for several hours at a time, it’s important to use a product with a pH that closely matches the natural pH of a patient’s mouth. When the mouth has a lower pH (between 5.5 and 6.5), bacteria can begin to flourish. When patients whiten using products that contain carbamide peroxide, like Opalescence PF, a byproduct called urea is released. Urea, which also occurs naturally in saliva, raises the pH level of the mouth to a neutral level (between 7 and 8).10

Sold Directly to Licensed Dental Professionals Only

Opalescence is committed to supporting the dental community. Because tooth whitening is most successful when supervised by a dentist, Opalescence is sold directly to licensed dental professionals only. It’s important for dentists to ensure their patients understand the whitening procedure, have realistic expectations of the outcome, and have an enjoyable experience so they are pleased with the final result.

Convenient Delivery

To be effective, a whitening treatment has to be convenient to use, encouraging patient compliance. With its efficient syringe delivery, Opalescence PF is extremely easy to use.

Easily Combined with Other Opalescence Products for Customized Treatments

While each Opalescence product is effective in a stand-alone whitening regimen, many patients prefer to use a combination of treatments or products to meet their needs. Because every Opalescence product works in combination with the others, it’s easy to create a custom regimen for any patient.

Unmatched Quality

The names Opalescence and Ultradent are synonymous with quality. All of our research and development is done in-house. So is our manufacturing and quality control. This allows us to guide and oversee the entire process—from the time an Opalescence innovation is conceived to the time it’s created and packaged for shipping. We have met the strictest standards, and our facility is ISO 9001 certified. All of this ensures every product performs exactly as it’s supposed to for you and for your patients.

Made in the USA

Opalescence gels and syringes are manufactured at Ultradent’s facility in Utah. By purchasing products manufactured in the USA, you’re supporting our nation’s economy, and you’re helping to provide jobs for hundreds of Americans who take pride in what they do. Buying from a USA company like Ultradent also means you’ll get fresh formulations right from our own facility—not a product that may have been held up or delayed by a third party.

Procedures

Opalescence PF Patient Instructions

  1. 1

    Express one continuous bead of gel approximately halfway up the facial side of the tray from molar to molar. This should use about 1/2 to 1/3 of a syringe per tray.

  2. 2

    Insert the tray in your mouth and lightly tap it to adapt the sides to your teeth. Wear time depends on which concentration of Opalescence you use.

    • Opalescence PF 10%: 8–10 hours or overnight
    • Opalescence PF 15%: 4–6 hours
    • Opalescence PF 20%: 2–4 hours
    • Opalescence PF 35%: 30 minutes

    If you experience any significant sensitivity, stop your treatment and talk to your dentist.

  3. 3

    Remove tray and use a finger or soft toothbrush to clean any excess gel off your teeth. Rinse your mouth twice being sure not to swallow rinsed gel.

  4. 4

    Clean tray with soft brush and cool tap water. Store tray in the case that came with your kit.

Research & Studies

The effects of seven carbamide peroxide bleaching agents on enamel microhardness over time.

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.

Basting RT, Rodrigues AL Jr, Serra MC.

The effect of whitening agents on caries susceptibility of human enamel.

Al-Qunaian TA. The effect of whitening agents on caries susceptibility of human enamel. Oper Dent. 2005;30(2):265-70.

Al-Qunaian TA.

Influence of fluoridated carbamide peroxide bleaching gel on enamel demineralization.

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).

Clark LM, Barghi N, Summitt JB, Amaechi BT.

Enamel fluoride uptake from fluoridated carbamide peroxide bleaching gel.

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).

Amaechi BT, Clark LM, Barghi N, Summitt JB.

Report on low sensitivity whiteners.

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).

Browning WD, Myers M, Downey M, Pohjola RM, Brackett WW.

Carbamide peroxide whitening of nonvital single discolored teeth: case reports.

Caughman WF, Frazier KB, Haywood VB. Carbamide peroxide whitening of

Caughman WF, Frazier KB, Haywood VB.

Testimonials

  • "​We have tried other whitening products in the office and have found that Opalescence has had the most well received results among our patients and staff. The decreased sensitivity, quick results, and the brighter whiter outcomes are just a few of the qualities Opalescence holds that truly set this product apart from all others."
    Dr. Keith Jaeschke, DDS – Morris, IL
  • Consistent Results with Opalescence PF​
    Dr. Kaz Hasnani
  • Amazing Results with Opalescence PF
    Dr. Mikel Hopkins
  • Opalescence: Backed by Science
    Dr. Paul Nielson
  • Opalescence Works
    Dr. Paul Nielson
  • Thank You Opalescence
    Dr. Kaz Hasnani
  • Whitening Patients in Your Practice
    Dr. Steve Glassman
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    Dr. Shea Bess
  • Results with Opalescence PF
    Dr. Jaimeé Morgan

FAQs

  • How does bleaching work?

    The whitening process is possible due to the ability of the carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide to freely pass through enamel and dentin and to permeate to all parts of the tooth.11 These peroxides break down into oxygen radicals, which migrate between the enamel prisms, breaking down any colored molecules that result in tooth discoloration. The structure of the tooth is not altered; the internal tooth color is simply made lighter.

    Whitening agents break down into tiny molecules and move in all directions, so even if the entire tooth is not covered with gel, the entire tooth is whitened.12

    Numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of peroxides in whitening teeth. Enamel, dentin, existing fillings, and bonding materials are not harmed by the whitening materials.
  • Will whitening affect bond strength?

    Even though whitening agents release a great amount of oxygen into the tooth, existing bonds are not weakened.13,14

    If whitening before bonding, allow a period of 7–10 days after whitening. The high concentration of oxygen in the tooth could significantly and adversely affect polymerization of the resins.15,16
  • How long do whitening results last?

    Whitening results are very stable, but depending on the patient’s nutrition and lifestyle habits, the procedure may need to be redone periodically. Due to the safety of the whitening agents, this should not concern the dentist or patient.
  • Will whitening cause tooth sensitivity?

    Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of whitening. If sensitivity occurs, it is transient and disappears after the completion of the whitening procedure. However, most Opalescence products include PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride) desensitizing agents for additional comfort. 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 Research has shown that just as hydrogen peroxide penetrates through the enamel and dentin to the pulp, so does potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate acts more like an analgesic or anesthetic by keeping the nerve from repolarizing after it has depolarized in the pain cycle.17 Fluoride acts primarily as a tubule blocker, plugging the holes and slowing down the fluid flow that causes the sensitivity.
  • Will bleaching weaken the tooth’s enamel?

    Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride). Potassium nitrate has been shown to help reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help reduce caries and strengthen enamel. Together they help to improve the overall health of the teeth.1-5
  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).
  6. Caughman WF, Frazier KB, Haywood VB. Carbamide peroxide whitening of nonvital single discolored teeth: case reports. Quintessence Int. 1999;30(3):155-61.
  7. Morgan J, Presley S. In-office “power” bleaching of vital teeth as an adjunct to at-home bleaching. Advanced Tooth Whitening, a Comprehensive Guide to Whitening. Prac Perio & Aesthet Dent. 2002;14(suppl 2):16-23.
  8. Shelf life is dependent on how product is stored.
  9. Data on file.
  10. Haywood, VB. Orthodontic caries control and bleaching. Inside Dentistry. April 2010;2–6.
  11. Haywood VB. History, safety and effectiveness of current bleaching techniques and applications of the nightguard vital bleaching technique. Quintessence Int. 1992;23(7): 471-488.
  12. Jadad E, Montoya J, Arana G, Gordillo LA, Palo RM, Loguercio AD. Spectrophotometric evaluation of color alterations with a new dental bleaching product in patients wearing orthodontic appliances. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2011;140(1):e43-7.
  13. Klukowska M, White DJ, Kozak KM, Zoladz JR, Baker RA, Garcia-Godoy F, et al. Effect of bleach on microleakage of Class V composite restorations. J Dent Res. 85(Spec Iss B):0035, 2006 (www.dentalresearch.org).
  14. Angerame D, Garaffa S, Maglione M, Di Lenarda R, De Stefano Dorigo E. Effect of in-office bleaching on Class V composite restorations seal. J Dent Res. 84(Spec Iss A):3013, 2005 (www.dentalresearch.org).
  15. Wilson D, Xu C, Hong L, Wang Y. Effects of clinical factors during tooth whitening on enamel. J Dent Res. 86(Spec Iss A):2632, 2007 (www.dentalresearch.org).
  16. Lim B-S, Ryu I, Lee Y-K, Rhee S-H, Yang H-C, Ahn S-J et al. Effect of bleaching agent on shear bond strength to dentin. J Dent Res. 85(Spec Iss B):0036, 2006 (www.dentalresearch.org).
  17. Haywood VB. A comparison of at-home and in-office bleaching. Dentistry Today. 2000; 19(4):44-53.