Teeth Whitening


Pola is a tooth whitening system available through your dentist, to safely whiten the discolorations in the enamel of your teeth. Discolorations due to age, coffee, red wine, tobacco, colored foods, some medications, disease, injury or medical treatments are easily removed with the Pola Tooth Whitening system.

Pola tooth whitening system offers a variety of treatment options, available through your dentist, to suit your needs and lifestyle;
•  In the Dentist Clinic - Higher whitening strength for immediate results
•  Take Home - At home whitening for your convenience

Reasons for Teeth Whitening
•  Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
•  Normal wear of outer tooth layer
•  Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
•  Yellow or brown stained teeth

What whitening options are offered at Gilbert Family Dentistry?
At Gilbert Family Dentistry, we offer professionally supervised solutions such as in-office and take-home whitening.

•  Our in-office whitening visits take approximately an hour and a half to complete. You will receive instant whitening results that day with take-home whitening trays to maintain your bright white smile.

•  Take-home whitening trays with bleaching gel can also be purchased at your first visit, your dentist will take molds of your teeth to create customized plastic trays to hold the whitening solution. After your trays have been fabricated, you'll be set up for a second appointment in which you'll ensure they fit properly. You'll receive instructions on how to wear the trays for optimal results. Wearing them 30-60 minutes a day for several weeks.

What causes yellow teeth?
There are numerous types of teeth stains; some are genetic, environmental or pharmacological in nature. The most common are surface stains on the enamel or beneath the enamel in the dentin. Surface stains are caused by foods, beverages and lifestyle behaviors, like smoking. Over time, surface stains may penetrate the enamel and change the color of the dentin, which darkens the overall appearance of the tooth due to the translucency of the enamel layer. When this occurs, the tooth often appears yellow.

How do whitening products remove stains below the enamel?
Whitening products including hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which cause a chemical reaction that breaks apart the carbon bonds that create yellow stains. Once the bonds are broken, they no longer reflect a yellow color.

Is teeth whitening safe for my teeth?
As you would with any product you use on your body, be sure to follow the teeth whitening directions carefully. Some whitening products can irritate your gums or cause undue sensitivity if used improperly or too often.

The safest way to whiten your teeth is under the supervision of your dental professional who will assess your overall oral health, the health of your teeth and know the history of your teeth. For example, if your dental professional knows that you are prone to sensitivity, he or she may recommend a gentle formulation to ensure you get the results you are looking for with a treatment that you will enjoy.

How long does my treatment last?
It is important to remember that teeth whitening isn't a permanent procedure, so to get the most out of your results, you should be sure to avoid foods and beverages that could stain your smile, including wine, tea, soda, and coffee. If you are a smoker, you should also consider giving up the habit. Additionally, you will likely need an annual touch-up in order to maintain your beautiful, white smile.

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