Tooth Whitening System
Maybe you've always wanted a beautiful white smile. Or your teeth have yellowed over time. Or you're not happy with the staining that results from drinking coffee, tea or cola. Just like we all have different hair and skin color, people also have different tooth color. Some teeth are more yellow than others, while others yellow with aging. Your natural tooth color can also be affected by many factors.
There are many reasons for whitening your teeth, including:
- The boost to your confidence and self-esteem that comes from a great smile
- A younger appearance
- A special event such as a wedding, job interview or class reunion
- To make a positive first impression on others
- To simply reverse years of everyday staining and yellowing
At-home tooth whitening system from Pola® allows you to get a whiter and more appealing smile in convenient way.
Am I a Candidate for Tooth Whitening?
Almost anyone whose permanent teeth have come in can qualify for tooth whitening. The treatment will depend on the type and severity of the staining. A professional cleaning to remove external staining caused by food and tobacco can be combined with at-home bleaching for extra results.
- Teeth that are yellow respond best to bleaching. Brown or gray teeth, or teeth striped or mottled from tetracycline or too much fluoride, may not whiten evenly when bleached.
- People with periodontal disease or particularly sensitive teeth may want to avoid chemical whitening techniques that can irritate tender gums.
- Bleaching is not recommended if you have tooth-colored fillings, crowns, caps or bonding in your front teeth — the bleach will not change the color of these materials, making them stand out in your newly whitened smile.
Whitening is unlikely to cause serious side effects, although some people's teeth may become more sensitive for a short while. You may get mild gum irritation as well. Women should not have their teeth whitened while pregnant.
How does it work?
First, we will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and will make custom mouthpieces to fit you well. A close fit helps the whitening agent remain in contact with your teeth. Then you will fill each mouthpiece with a whitening gel and wear the mouthpiece for about 30 minutes every day.
Many people achieve the amount of whitening they want within a week or two. However, you may need to wear the mouthpiece for four weeks or longer. Final results depend on your natural tooth color and how stubborn any stains are.
How long does it last?
Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color. The stains will come back. If you smoke or consume a lot of staining foods or drinks, you may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. If you avoid these sources of staining, you may not need another whitening treatment for 6 to 12 months.
Keep in mind that:
- A change of just two or three shades can make a noticeable difference in just about anyone's smile
- While whitening can occasionally change tooth color nine or more shades, the majority of people who whiten their teeth see a change of between two and seven shades.