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Did You Know You Can Whiten Your Teeth Even While You Have Braces?

Although it's not a well-known fact, it is possible to whiten your teeth during orthodontic treatment. 1 And wouldn't you know we even have a product to help do just that? Opalescence Go prefilled, disposable trays are an easy, affordable option designed to fit directly over your braces, allowing you to whiten during orthodontic treatment!

But will it whiten under my braces?

The answer is yes! Since whitening works as peroxide penetrates the tooth and spreads throughout, even the part of your tooth covered by the bracket will whiten. 1

What's more, whitening with a product like Opalescence Go can actually benefit your oral health! The whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride). Potassium nitrate has been shown to reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help reduce cavities and strengthen enamel. 3-7 And its gentle hydrogen peroxide concentration effectively removes bacteria and biodebris from around your teeth, gums, and brackets. In addition, recent studies have shown that the oxidation that occurs during the whitening process actually helps make the cement that keeps your brackets on your teeth even stronger. 2 Your orthodontist will love that!

If you have braces, you don't need to wait for a whiter smile. You can have a smile you can be confident about now …and long after your braces are removed.

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