Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long will the whitening treatment last?

A. This depends on the patient and their oral habits. The average person will require periodic touch ups once or twice a year using a take home system. Without a touch up, your teeth will start to re-stain by the same things that caused them to discolour in the first place. Speak to your dentist to discuss touch up options.

Q. Can we predict a result?

A. Not all cases are predictable. Speak to your dentist to discuss the cause of staining and which type of whitening would be best suitable to your needs.

Q. Is the treatment safe?

A. Yes. Clinical studies have shown that bleaching with Carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the instruction of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums.

Q. Are there any side effects?

A. For patients who follow the instructions from their dentist and the Instructions for Use that come with the Pola products, the majority will have no side effects. However, some will experience temporary sensitivity (dull or sharp, sensitivity to hot or cold). This will subside after several hours of stopping the treatment and won’t leave any residual problems. The wear times can be shortened or made less frequent or teeth can be treated with a desensitizer, SDI Soothe. Abstain from carbonated drinks, citrus foods and beverages to avoid sensitivity.

Q. How long does it take to whiten my teeth?

A. With In Clinic whitening at your dentist, results are obtained within just 30 minutes. Using a take home whitening system, whitening can take approximately 5 – 14 days with the patient performing the treatment in the comfort of their own home.

Q. Will my teeth just keep getting whiter the longer I use the gel?

A. No – they will reach a plateau, your teeth cannot whiten past their natural shade. Whitening should be discontinued when the teeth do not appear to change any further or when desired shade is reached. It is important to follow instructions from your dentist. Using whitening products for longer than instructed can have harmful effects on the tooth structure. It is recommended to take photographs of teeth pre-treatment to use as a comparison throughout the whitening process.

Q. How can I tell my teeth are getting whiter with take home whitening?

A. It can be hard to notice a change in shade when using a take home whitening system. It is recommended to take photographs of teeth pre-treatment to use as a comparison throughout the whitening process.

Q. What if I have restorations in my teeth, will these change colour?

A. Whitening will only remove any existing stains on the restorations but it will not change their original shade. The restorations will only need to be changed if the whitened teeth are lighter.