What is teeth whitening?
Tooth 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 average person will require periodic touch ups once or twice a year.
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 Poladay and Polanight take home kits.
How white will my teeth get?
This will depend on your teeth – eveyone’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.
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 next to the gum. It should also be noted that in some patients whitening can result in a frosty, chalky appearance of the teeth, but this usually reverts to a more natural translucent appearance after several hours to several weeks (very rare).
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 a topical desensitizing toothpaste, rinse 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?
The active ingredient in the process is hydrogen peroxide which breaks down to water and oxygen. Dental professional have been using hydrogen peroxide for over 50 years to whiten teeth, and there have been no known long term adverse effects.
Will my crowns, veneers and fillings get whiter?
No, only your natural teeth will.
Steps that your dental professional will perform on your teeth:
- Take and record the shade of your teeth.
- Clean your teeth.
- A resin barrier is applied to the gum areas surrounding the teeth to protect your gums from coming into contact with the peroxide gel.
- A hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to each tooth.
- A special dental light shines on the teeth for 8-10 minutes (optional).
- The gel is removed from your teeth using suction.
- Your dental professional will repeat Steps 3-5 about 2 to 3 more times.
- You will be asked to look in the mirror at your whiter and brighter teeth.
Spa-Dent Home Kit
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