We get a lot of questions about teeth whitening at our dental office in Kitsilano so we thought it would be a great topic to post on, covering the most common questions.
In the spirit of keeping things quick, we’ll get right to the Q & A.
What type of teeth whitening system does Kits Family Dental use?
How long will teeth whitening 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 dentist is safe for teeth and gums. Your dentist will advise you on how to use the Pola Day and Pola Night take home kits.
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.
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 dentist so the trays are not perfectly fitted to your teeth. At the very least, you need custom made trays from your dentist. 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 dentist will prescribe. We offer Pola Night and Pola Day, which have a custom fitted tray and gel to take home and use with the trays. Read more about Pola Whitening.
Read more about Pola Teeth Whitening or see our full information sheet on Pola Day and Pola Night whitening
See our FAQs about Teeth Whitening page which contains even more questions and answers on the topic of teeth whitening in general.