Teeth whitening is a highly effective, safe and proven way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without damaging any of the tooth surface. Great results can be achieved with just one “Power in Surgery” Teeth Whitening System appointment or within 7 to 10 days by using a “Take Home” Teeth whitening Kit.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process by which the discolorations of the enamel are lightened.
How long will it last?
This will depend on the patient and the patient's oral habits. The whitening should last several years for the average person.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that bleaching under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums. Your dental professional will advise you on how to use the Pola Day and Pola Night take home kits.
How white will my teeth get?
This will depend on your teeth - everyone's teeth are different. If your teeth are heavily stained from coffee or smoking, you will probably see a big change. If your teeth are not heavily stained, the change will not be as great.
How does tooth whitening work?
The active ingredient (either carbamide or hydrogen peroxide) is broken down, allowing oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin, causing the stains to be lightened.
What causes teeth to discolor?
There are many causes of tooth discoloration. Some of the most common include the consumption of highly colored foods (beetroot, candy etc) and drinks (coffee, sodas, red wine). Antibiotics consumed in early years, natural ageing, smoking and trauma can also add to discoloration.
Do all teeth whiten evenly?
There is an overall whitening of all teeth. The biting edges of the teeth are more likely to whiten faster than the areas adjacent to the gum.
Are there any side effects?
For the majority of patients there are none. However, some will experience temporary sensitivity (dull or sharp) on the teeth and/or gums. This will subside after several hours of stopping the treatment. The wear times can be shortened or made less frequent or topical desensitising toothpaste or gel can be used. Abstain from carbonated drinks, citrus foods and beverages to avoid sensitivity for a few hours after treatment.
Are there any long term effects?
Dental professionals have been using peroxide whitening for over 50 years and there have been no known long term adverse effects.
What causes teeth to stain again after bleaching?
The same things that made them stain in the first place, ie general ageing, red wine, smoking, tea, coffee, colored foods etc.
Is it better to get the whitening treatment now or wait until my teeth are more stained?
It is better to get it done now as the stains will become worse and darker. The teeth will then require more applications of bleach as stains will be harder to remove.
Are my teeth more easily stained now that they have been whitened?
No, the chance of staining your teeth are not increased once they have been whitened if you follow the post treatment care instructions sheet given by your dental professional.
Is it better for my dental professional to do the entire procedure or for me to take home Pola and do-it-myself?
If you want a fast 30 minute result, let your dental professional perform Pola Office on you. If you have spare time, do-it-yourself with Pola Day or Pola Night.
Will my crowns, veneers and fillings get whiter?
No, only your natural teeth will.
Do over-the-counter bleaching systems I can buy direct from companies work as well?
No, these systems do not require the expertise of your dental professional so the trays are not perfectly fitted to your teeth. At the very least, you need custom made trays from your dental professional. Sensitivity is often a problem if your trays are not properly fitted. The bleaching solution is not evenly distributed over the teeth, and saliva can seep in to dilute the solution. Many over-the-counter systems contain an acidic rinse which can remove significant amounts of the tooth structure. These types of systems usually contain a lower amount of peroxide, hence they are not as strong as what your dental professional will prescribe.