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At Summit Dental, Dr. William Samson uses the Pola Day Advanced Tooth Whitening System. Dr. Samson and his staff will make custom fitted trays to allow you to whiten your smile at home during the day. You can wear the trays with Pola Day inside for as little as 30 minutes a day. You repeat this procedure for about 5 – 10 days and then maintain the whitening by less frequent use on a monthly, or in some cases, a yearly basis.
Steps involved with Pola Day Advanced Tooth Whitening System:
- An impression of your teeth is taken by Dr. Samson.
- A perfectly formed tray is made for you to take home with your own kit of Pola Day whitening material.
- Brush and floss teeth. Take a syringe out of the kit. Remove the cap and insert a dispensing tip by twisting it securely onto the syringe.
- Place a small drop of gel into every compartment of the tray for the teeth undergoing treatment.
- Seat the tray with the gel around your teeth.
- Wipe away any excess gel on the gums with your finger, a tissue or a dry soft tooth brush.
-Wear the trays in your mouth once or twice each day for 30 minutes or once a day for 45 minutes (for the recommended 5-10 day time period)
- After treatment, remove tray. Rinse tray and mouth with lukewarm water to avoid thermal sensitivity.
- Brush teeth. Repeat the procedure.
Frequently asked question:
- What is tooth 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 Pola Day take home kit.
- How much does it cost?
The take home systems are less expensive than the in-office system. Your dental professional will explain more and advise you on the price.
- 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 (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 and drinks (coffee, sodas, red wine). Antibiotics consumed at an early age, natural aging, 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. 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).
- What is the taste?
A pleasant spearmint flavor.
- 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 desensitizing 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.
- How long does the Pola Day procedure take?
This will be decided by your dental professional. He will assess your requirements.
- What causes teeth to stain again after bleaching?
The same things that made them stain in the first place, ie general aging, red wine, smoking, tea, coffee, colored foods etc.
- How often do you have to get your teeth whitened?
Once your teeth are whitened it usually lasts 1-3 years, however some people prefer to have touch-ups every 6-12 months.
- Is it better to get the Pola 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.
- Will my crowns, veneers and fillings get whiter?
No, only your natural teeth will.
- Is it safe to whiten my teeth if I am pregnant or lactating?
No studies have been done on these people so we advise they do not undergo bleaching.
- 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.