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Opalescence™ PF 10%, 15%, 20%, 35%, and 45%

Carbamide Peroxide with Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride

For use with customized take-home whitening trays, Opalescence PF tooth whitening gel offers many options for patients. With its easy syringe delivery, Opalescence PF whitening gel 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 five concentrations and three flavors, patients can completely customize their whitening experience.

  • Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride)
  • Formulated to prevent dehydration and shade relapse
  • Five concentrations for treatment flexibility
  • 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
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Technical Details

Unmatched Quality

The names Opalescence teeth whitening 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 whitening innovation is conceived to the time it’s created and packaged for shipping. We have met the strictest standards, and our facility is FDA registered and ISO 13485 certified. All of this ensures every product performs exactly as it’s supposed to for you and for your patients.

Superior Stability

Opalescence teeth whitening 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. Because delivery times vary depending on the location of each particular dental office, Opalescence whitening products are formulated with transit time in mind. Although shelf life is ultimately dependent on how each product is stored, our teeth whiteners will remain stable even after being shipped across the country1.

Formulated with High Water Content

Many whitening products on the market dehydrate teeth, resulting in uncomfortable sensitivity for patients. Opalescence PF teeth whitening gel contains high water content to help prevent teeth dehydration. This high water content also helps to reduce shade relapse, maximizing patient satisfaction.

Sweetened with Xylitol

Opalescence PF teeth whitening gel is sweetened with xylitol which may reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Contains PF

Opalescence PF teeth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride) for patient comfort.

Perfectly Balanced pH

Because teeth 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 saliva. When patients whiten using products that contain carbamide peroxide, like Opalescence PF whitening, the pH level of the mouth rises to a neutral level (between 7 and 8)2.

Made in the USA from Globally Sourced Materials

Opalescence teeth whitening gels, trays, syringes, and toothpastes are manufactured at Ultradent’s facility in Utah from globally sourced materials. By purchasing products manufactured in the USA, you are supporting our nation’s economy and helping to provide jobs to hundreds of Americans who take pride in what they do.

Clinicals

Before and After Opalescence Whitening

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Before whitening. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert Nixon)

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Upper teeth after five nights of treatment, approximately 40 hours. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert Nixon)

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Heavy tetracycline discolorations. This whitening process can require a whitening treatment that lasts from several weeks to months.

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After whitening with Opalescence gel.

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A 12-year-old before whitening.

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After five nights of bleaching.

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Moderate to advanced tetracycline stains.

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Improvement in two weeks. With tetracycline stains, treatment can require two to six months.

Procedures

Opalescence PF Whitening Patient Instructions

See Instructions for Use for complete instructions, warnings, and precautions.

Step 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.

Step 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 whitening 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%: 30-60 minutes
  • Opalescence PF 45%: 15-30 minutes

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

Step 3

Remove excess gel with a soft toothbrush.

Step 4

Clean tray with soft toothbrush and water. Store in tray case provided.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does whitening work?

    Peroxide gels break down into water, oxygen, and free radicals, which in turn oxidizes the bonds of colored molecules that cause tooth discoloration.

    Free radicals are able to migrate throughout the tooth, so there is no need for the entire tooth to be in contact with whitening agent for the entire tooth to be whitened.

  • Will whitening affect bond strength?

    Even though whitening agents release a great amount of oxygen into the tooth, existing bonds are not weakened.3,4

    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.5,6
  • 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 tooth whitening cause sensitivity?

    Tooth sensitivity can occur as a result of whitening. If sensitivity occurs, it is transient and disappears after the completion of whitening treatments. If desensitizing treatments are desired, we recommend the use of UltraEZ desensitizing gel or Enamelast fluoride varnish. Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste Sensitivity Formula can also be used to help to prevent or lessen sensitivity if it occurs.

Research & Studies

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

Caughman WF, Frazier KB, Haywood VB. Carbamide peroxide whitening of nonvital single discolored teeth: case reports.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10356567Caughman WF, Frazier KB, Haywood VB.
  1. Data on file.
  2. Haywood, VB. Orthodontic caries control and bleaching. Inside Dentistry. April 2010;2–6.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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).