If you’re curious to know is teeth whitening safe you will be pleased to find that bleaching is safe when done using a professional whitening system. But remember: not all teeth whitening systems are created equal. For that reason Top Health Dental offers our patients the convenience of Pola teeth whitening products. Let’s take a closer look at how it measures up in terms of safety.
Why Are My Teeth Discoloured?
Tooth discolouration occurs as a natural consequence of ageing. As we get older the dentin inside our teeth (which started out white) turns yellow. In order to whiten the dentin you need a professional bleaching system like Pola, so that it can penetrate your tooth’s enamel.
And this is where the safety concerns come into play. In order to penetrate the tooth enamel you need to use a high strength bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Legally, if you are going to use a product that contains more than 6% hydrogen peroxide, it must be administered by your dentist.
Pola Office, our professional teeth whitening system, contains 35% hydrogen peroxide, meaning that it gets to work quickly, providing patients with whiter smiles in as little as 30 minutes.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Clinical studies that have been carried out over the years have shown that using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide under professional guidance is safe for adults. Pregnant women and children may not use teeth whitening products.
At Top Health Dental we take extra precautions to ensure that our patients’ teeth and soft tissues are protected.
A thorough inspection of the teeth will give your dentist some insight into the condition of your tooth enamel.
Your dentist will inspect your tooth enamel to ensure that there are no cracks or signs of decay.
Pola Protection During Teeth Whitening
At Top Health Dental we appreciate the fact that Pola’s quick acting teeth whitening systems also offer protection to the gums and teeth.
Pola Desensitising Technology has been formulated to minimise gum irritation, pain or sensations of burning, as well as long term gum damage. Pola’s products are pH neutral to ensure that your gums and teeth are safe during your procedure.
As an added step, your Top Health dentist will also protect your gums with a barrier for the duration of your treatment.
How Safe Is Teeth Whitening?
Top Health Dental also offers patients the convenience of teeth whitening from the comfort of your home. Pola Day and Night treatments offer the same level of gingival protection but these products get to work a bit slower and need to be used for a longer period of time.
When you are given a take-home treatment you must follow your dentist’s instructions and not use the bleaching agent for longer than prescribed.
Again, even if you are using Pola Day or Night at home you need to have a dental cleaning and inspection before your dentist will give you the treatments.
Never Exceed The Whitening Time
Remember that you cannot whiten your teeth forever – there is a point at which whitening will stop working, and this is once you achieve your natural whiteness. After that, you will not be able to whiten your teeth further. Leaving the bleaching agent on for longer periods of time or continuing to whiten after you should have stopped could cause damage to your teeth.
Is Tooth Sensitivity A Sign That Something Has Gone Wrong?
While Pola products have been formulated to manage tooth sensitivity, some patients report their teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures . This sensation usually goes away a few hours after treatment and is a normal reaction to whitening.
How Accurate Is Pola Teeth Whitening?
After your initial dental check up you will discuss your whitening needs with your dentist. You will match the current shade of your teeth to the Pola shade guide, and then indicate which shade you would like your teeth to be.
After your in-chair treatment you will check the shade of your teeth against the shade guide to see if you have achieved your goal. If not you may wish to return for a follow up visit.
If you would like to speak to a professional about is teeth whitening safe or the level of whiteness you can achieve through teeth bleaching please contact our practice today: (02) 8776 3232