Er.. You must be wondering what am I doing? Haha. I'm actually administering DIY teeth whitening. Yes, right in the comfort of my very own home, in my pyjamas. Btw, the red/ purple in my hair has completely faded, ugh. I initially wanted to get my teeth whitening done before CNY and my orthodontist suggested that I use this teeth whitening system at home instead because a) not many Invisalign patients do whitening halfway through the treatment (they usually get it done at the end of the treatment) and b) I have more freedom to decide when I want to do it, since both types of treatments' results last equally long.
This is the Opalescence PF Take-Home Teeth Whitening System. It consists of 3 syringes filled with whitening gel in it. Apparently, these 3 tubes can last me for a year or more, since the whitening results can last up to 3 months each. I was told to apply the whitening gel every night before I sleep for a week or two and I wondered if one syringe will last that long? It does, because you only need a tiny amount for application each time.
(Btw, teeth model is not included, I just used it to take photo at the clinic haha)
Opalescence Tooth Whitening Gel contains PF (potassium nitrate & flouride) to help maintain the health of enamel throughout the whitening process. It is said that doing teeth whitening will cause more sensitivity but with a take-home kit like this, you are free to control the amount & period to avoid sensitivity. It is also formulated to prevent dehydration & shade relapse, so basically your whitened teeth lasts longer! Apparently, there are four concentrations for treatment flexibility & 3 flavours - Mint, melon & regular. I believe I got the Regular one. You can use it at night or in the daytime - from 30 mins to overnight, it's totally up to your control. This kit is only available for purchase by a licensed dental professional.
I was also given a tiny brush at the clinic (not included in kit) to help me apply the gel easier. Can't wait to go home & try it!
Squeeze a little bit of product out. As you can see, the whitening gel is transparent and slightly thick.
Use the brush to pick up the product. Like I said, you can have total control over the amount that you wish to use but this is good enough for use each time!
Use the brush to apply it on your teeth. To be honest, it is quite difficult initially to get the gel on your teeth as it's a little bit coagulated (?). You'd need to wait for it to get in contact with your saliva and dissolve a bit first. Sometimes I get so frustrated, I just use my fingers LOL but of course it is much more hygienic (and not to mention, civilised) to use a brush. Just sweep the whole thing across the front of your teeth (inside yellow also nvm lah no one can see XD).
Wear your current pair of aligners to keep the product in place. In case you're wondering, the gel tastes sweet, but I'm not sure if it's safe for swallowing haha. Leave it on for about an hour, then rinse it out before wearing the aligners again. I usually do this before bedtime since I have to sleep with my aligners on anyway.
So if you're wondering how's the results... Stay tuned for my next post lah! :p I'll be updating the before & after photos there. I expected to get my first laser whitening experience but got this instead which I honestly feel is much more convenient (provided you're disciplined enough to administer the treatment yourself). Can't wait to see the results!
Disclaimer: [Sponsored] I have received complimentary Invisalign treatment from Align Technology, Inc & Q&M Dental Surgery JB (Molek) after winning a contest organised by Invisalign & Nuffnang. In exchange for that, I have agreed to promote and write about my Invisalign story. The review is written based on my honest views and personal experiences on the treatment.
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