Monday, May 29, 2017

Teeth whitening - Opalescence review

Hello!!

If you remember, a few weeks ago, I wrote about quitting coffee for a few months (read here >> CLICK) due to a whitening treatment that I was about to start. So today, I thought I would give you a little overview of how it went.

First things first; I consulted my dentist to get his opinion on the possibility of getting such treatment. Totally recommend doing this first! Not everyone's teeth are the same and what worked for me may not work for you.

The goal for me was to get rid of the yellow tones but still keep a natural color, not the shiny Hollywood white, if you know what I mean.

The treatment I follow is called Opalescence at 16%. Here is what they say on their website:
Opalescence gels contain an active whitening ingredient (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) that penetrates your enamel to get to discolored molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, you are left with a brighter, whiter smile.
Opalescence Whitening System at 16%.
I applied this gel in custom-made trays and let it do its magic for 4/5 hour a day, for 14 days. The first couple of days, my gums were a bit irritated, but nothing severe and certainly no bleeding or whatsoever. Only had to mind to brush off the gel gently after each session without applying to much pressure on the gums.
You need about 2/3 of each syringe per session.
I also did not experience any sensitivity on my teeth; which means I could just eat or drink cold and hot right after each session! 
Sorry for the awkward photos, but here you have a before and after. 
A little side note, the before photo was taken with my phone while the after was with Sony a6000... 

Before ↑          After  ↓

As you can see, I got rid of the yellow tones and now the teeth just look natural. 

Opalescence offers several options of whitening systems so if you are considering doing so, take a look at the options available and talk with your dentist. For me, this worked just fine and I am very happy with the results.

Now, let's talk numbers. 
The expensive part of this treatment is to get the custom made trays done; the containers with 4 syringes cost about 32Eur each.
In total, I paid 326.45Eur, plus a cleaning prior the treatment (luckily covered by my health insurance).
Prices may vary depending on which system you go for and how much your dentist charges to get the custom made trays done.

Was it worth it?
Absolutely! I even dared to wear lipstick again... 😄💄

Now the challenge is to keep it up and avoid getting the teeth stained so badly again.



Have you ever done any whitening treatment? 
How was your experience?

Let me know in the comments, I'd be glad to hear from you. 

See you soon!

Next Post: June 1st @ 9am CET

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