Frequently Asked Questions

1. What exactly is teeth whitening?
2. How long doesthe whitening effect lasts?
3. Is the process and treatment safe?
4. How white will my teeth be after the treatment?
5. Will all teeth whiten evenly?
6. Will there be any side effects?
7. What are the long-term effects of the treatment?
8. What about my crowns, veneers and fillings? Will they also whiten?
9. How does sugar affect our teeth?
10. Which type of toothbrush is best to use?

1. What exactly is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a treatment where the discolorations of the enamel are lightened.

2. How long does the whitening effect lasts?
There is no exact period; it all depends on the person’s oral habits. It does help if you get an average touch up once or twice annually.

3. Is the process and treatment safe?
Yes, it’s safe. Clinical studies have shown that bleaching under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums. Your dentist shouldteach you on how to use the Poladay and Polanight take home kits.

4. How white will my teeth be after the treatment?
Everyone’s teeth are different. If you have heavily stained teeth 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. .

5. Will all teeth whiten evenly?
There is an overall whitening of all teeth, however, the biting edges of the teeth are more likely to whiten faster than the areas next to the gum. Some patients experience whitening as a frosty, chalky appearance of the teeth, but this usually goes back to a more natural translucent appearance after several hours to several weeks (very rare).

6. Will there be any side effects?
Most patients do not experience side effects. However, there can be a slight sensitiveness for some patients, which will then 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.

7. What are the long-term effects of the treatment?
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in teeth whitening. Dental practitioners have been using it for more than 50 years and there have been no known long-term adverse effects.

8. What about my crowns, veneers and fillings? Will they also whiten?
No, only your natural teeth will.

9. How does sugar affect our teeth?
Plaque forms on your teeth daily. When sugar combines with the bacteria in plaque it produces acids that damage the enamel on your teeth. You cannot completely avoid sugar since it occurs naturally in our food even in fruits and vegetables, but decreasing your intake of sugar does help. In order to maintain healthy teeth and gums you must brush and floss daily.

10. Which type of toothbrush is best to use?
You may use any brand of toothbrush. What’s important is the type of toothbrush and how often you brush your teeth. A soft-bristle brush is recommended. This type of brush will effectively remove plaque and a soft brush will not damage your gums. We also recommend that you brush at least twice a day. Remember to brush at least twice a day and change brushes once you see the bristles begin to bend over. When the bristles on your toothbrush are bent over they lose their ability to remove food and plaque. It is the tip of the bristles that clean your teeth the best.