There are many ways to whiten your smile:

Pola Office+
Pola Office+, the world’s fastest bleach is the answer for those patients living busy lifestyles. Pola Office+ is applied by your dental professional while you sit in the dental chair. Absolute minimal chair time is required, the total treatment time will take less than 30minutes. Pola Office+ contains 37.5 hydrogen peroxide so you get the fastest result.

Pola Office
As with Pola Office+, Pola Office is applied by your dental professional while you sit in the dental chair. You get whiter teeth instantly with Pola Office because of the extremely powerful peroxide. Pola Office contains 35% hydrogen peroxide and the treatment time is around 30 minutes.

Pola Day and Pola Night
Pola Day and Pola night are take home whitening systems. Both are spearmint flavoured, crystal clear gels that contain a unique blend of soothers, conditioners and water to reduce sensitivity. The gel lis applied to custom made trays (similar to a mouthguard), that you wear when you want to: at night or any time during the day. Your dental professional will recommend the exact product to suit your teeth and lifestyle.

Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens stains in the enamel and dentine of your teeth, to give a brighter tooth colour.

What are the benefits of tooth whitening?

The confidence of a bright, white smile!

Are all teeth suitable for whitening?

Tooth whitening may be done on live teeth and teeth that have had root canal treatment. Before having your teeth whitened, your dentist will check to make sure your teeth are suitable to be treated. In some cases treatment may be difficult or ineffective, for example with staining caused during tooth formation by certain antibiotics.

Tooth whitening may make your old fillings or crowns look darker after treatment, so it is very important to be checked and advised of this before you proceed.

Areas of your teeth may whiten at different rates depending on the location of the stain, hardness of the tooth and the intensity of the stain.

How can your dentist whiten your teeth?

Tooth whitening can be done at home (using a customised tray system designed by your dentist) or in the dental office. Your dentist can provide a more effective tooth whitening system for use at home than the ‘do-it-yourself’ kits available at pharmacies.

The dentist makes an impression for a model of your teeth. A thin, custom fitted, clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth is made. At home you place a whitening gel into the tray, and place the tray over your teeth. This is worn for up to two hours daily or at night.

Results are usually seen after the first day, but maximum whitening may take 10-14 days. Your dentist will check on your progress.

Your dentist can also whiten your teeth at the dental office, using similar ingredients to the home use whitening. The whitening gel is applied to the tooth and may be activated with a special light for up to 20-30 minutes. Several repeat processes may be necessary.

Are there side effects of home or dental office treatment?

Sometimes people will experience increased tooth and gum sensitivity during treatment, which goes away shortly after stopping the treatment. The structure of the tooth is not changed by the process.

Can teeth with root fillings be whitened?

Yes. Root filled teeth are treated by placing a bleach inside the tooth.

A protective rubber shield is placed over the tooth, and the tooth is partly opened into where the root filling has been placed. The inside is cleaned and a bleaching material is placed inside.

The tooth is temporarily resealed and left 7-10 days. Sometimes two or three applications may be necessary.

How long does tooth whitening last?

Over time your teeth can lose some of their whiteness. You may need to repeat the process occasionally.

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