How to achieve simultaneous straightening and whitening

How to achieve simultaneous straightening and whitening

Align Technology’s new whitening system is optimised for Invisalign aligners and Vivera retainers, allowing both straightening and whitening in one treatment.

Dentists in the United Kingdom trained to treat with the Invisalign System now have access to a professional whitening system with the Opalescence PF whitening formula from Ultradent. The Invisalign Professional Whitening System – powered by Opalescence – is optimised for use with Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers. It offers the great whitening outcomes and streamlined practice experience dental professionals expect during active tooth movement with Invisalign aligners, as well as during passive retention using Vivera retainers.

Simultaneous straightening and whitening, a powerful benefit

The Invisalign Professional Whitening System can be administered during Invisalign treatment. It will whiten under attachments (McCaslin et al, 1999; Kugel et al, 2007), allowing simultaneous straightening and whitening. This is corroborated by doctors asked to submit case examples of patients treated with the new system. When asked to confirm if whitening was observed underneath the site of attachments, 100% answered affirmatively (Align Technology, 2023). This means there is no need to wait to whiten until the end of alignment – unless that is the practice’s typical workflow, or the patient’s preference.

Other benefits of the system include:

  • All-inclusive: no whitening trays, gingival barriers, specialised lights, cheek retractors, or other equipment needed to start whitening treatment
  • No cold storage requirement and a long shelf life, making delivery and storage as easy as possible for the practice.

An all-in-one solution

‘A brighter, whiter smile is an important part of the Invisalign patient journey. In fact, a survey of Invisalign practices shows that half of their patients ask for teeth whitening during or after they complete Invisalign treatment (Align Technology, 2017),’ said Raj Pudipeddi, Align Technology chief product and marketing officer, and SVP and managing director of the Asia Pacific Region.

‘We are providing an all-in-one solution that combines a leading teeth-whitening system with the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. This enables Invisalign trained doctors to enhance their patients’ treatment experience with a seamless workflow.

‘This also enables practice efficiency and growth. We’re very excited to partner with Ultradent to offer the first professional whitening system optimised for use with Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers.’

‘We’re honoured to partner with Align to make the top professional teeth whitening products available to more clinicians and patients around the world,’ said Ultradent President and CEO Dirk Jeffs.

‘Providing Align with teeth whitening products, ideal for use with Invisalign aligners and Vivera retainers, is a considerable step toward our mission of improving oral health globally. We look forward to pursuing this mission together.’

Professional recognition

Dr Mark Hughes from London commented that a positive benefit of this new system is that tooth whitening can be contiguous with alignment. So, straightening and whitening take place at the same time. Another big benefit is having an Invisalign branded and endorsed whitening treatment which I can use for my Invisalign patients while they have their attachments on.’

Dr Nishan Dixit from London adds: ‘Patients have been reassured that the product has been specially formulated to ensure it isn’t abrasive and will not damage their Invisalign aligners.’

Dr Elaine Halley from Perth, Scotland felt that ‘Invisalign and Opalescence are known and trusted brands. This gives the team the reassurance and confidence to offer tried and tested products from a reputable company.’

Dr Mohsen Tehranian from London concluded that ‘the most important benefit is that the gel has been formulated at an optimised viscosity for tooth whitening use in Invisalign aligners’.

Patient testimonial

Patients have been equally impressed.

Patient K (teacher, London) said: ‘I have been happy with the results of my Invisalign journey so far. When my dentist said I could whiten my teeth without doing anything I extra, I jumped at the opportunity.

‘The Invisalign Professional Whitening System contains gel syringes which made it easy to and quick to apply to my retainers. I simply filled the retainers (top and bottom) about a quarter full of gel, popped them in overnight (as you would anyway with Invisalign aligners) and woke up with whiter teeth. Strongly recommend it.’

How to order the Invisalign Professional Whitening System

The Invisalign Professional Whitening System powered by Opalescence can be easily ordered through the Invisalign Doctor Site. Dental professionals can do this in a single click after approving the ClinCheck treatment plan of their patients. It can also be purchased through the Invisalign Web Store. The solution cannot be ordered directly by consumers and is available only through Invisalign trained clinicians.

Click one of the following for more information:

Invisalign providers can place their orders on the Invisalign Web Store.


  1. McCaslin AJ, Haywood VB, Potter BJ, Dickinson GL, Russell CM. Assessing dentin color changes from nightguard vital bleaching. J Am Dent Assoc. 1999 Oct;130(10):1485-90.
  2. Kugel G, Petkevis J, Gurgan S, Doherty E. Separate whitening effects on enamel and dentin after fourteen days. J Endod. 2007 Jan;33(1):34-7.
  3. Based on a survey of n = 4 Invisalign doctors who were asked to submit case examples of patients undergoing treatment with the Invisalign Professional Whitening system and were also asked whether whitening was observed underneath the site of the attachment. 100% of respondents answered ‘Yes’. Data on file at Align Technology, as of July 18, 2023
  4. 2017 online survey of Invisalign doctors, data.
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