Patient Perspective: The comfortable confidence of whitening

March 21, 2012
Stan Goff
Issue 2

Like a lot of patients, Xiaomi Tong wanted to improve her smile. She had tried some whitening systems, but a lack of results still left her self-conscious when it came to smiling or laughing. All that changed when she became a patient at Dr. Gary Nelson’s Leesburg, Va. practice and was introduced to Opalescence PF from Ultradent Products.

Like a lot of patients, Xiaomi Tong wanted to improve her smile. She had tried some whitening systems, but a lack of results still left her self-conscious when it came to smiling or laughing. All that changed when she became a patient at Dr. Gary Nelson’s Leesburg, Va. practice and was introduced to Opalescence PF from Ultradent Products.

The dentist’s office
Dr. Nelson has been Tong’s  family dentist for more than 10 years, ever since she moved to Leesburg in 2001 and was  referred by a friend.

“We really like the experience at Dr. Nelson’s office, and visiting there is like visiting an old family friend,” she said. “Dr. Nelson and his staff are very friendly and attentive and are always up-to-date with the latest technologies. I trust Dr. Nelson completely with my family’s teeth!”

The patient’s perspective
“I have significant teeth discoloration caused by inappropriate usage of tetracyclines when I was a child in China,” Tong explained. “Tetracyclines are now contraindicated for use in children under 8 years of age, but it was commonly used in young children when I was growing up in China. In fact, many Chinese from my generation have the same teeth discoloration problem.

“I have been bothered by the discoloration for most of my life and it made me uncomfortable and overly self-conscious when I laughed or smiled. I tried some whitening products some years ago but they caused pain and over sensitization in my teeth.”

When she mentioned her  concern to Dr. Nelson, he recommended the Opalescence PF product and Tong decided to give it a try.

“Dr. Nelson and his staff were very patient and attentive as always and spent their time to make sure that the trays fit nicely and the whitening gel was at the right strength. The usage of the product has been easy and I experienced no pain or discomfort.”

Ready to share the word
While Tong’s smile may not be absolutely perfect, she is a very happy patient who now enjoys plenty of smiles and laughter.

“Although my teeth may never be sparkling white because of the tetracycline damage, the product has definitely made very noticeable improvements in their appearance,” she said. “Now I can laugh much more freely without worrying about people noticing my teeth! I would definitely recommend this product to other people and I have recommended Dr. Nelson to my friends.”

Opalescence PF
Opalescence PF features a sticky, viscous gel that does not leach from the tray and helps to hold it securely in place. Its potassium nitrate and fluoride help to decrease sensitivity while strengthening enamel and preventing caries, and its 20% water content prevents dehydration and shade relapse. Available in four concentrations and three flavors, Opalescence PF offers an option for every smile.
800-552-5512 • ultradent.com