Patients of Rocky River Dental in Cleveland, Ohio have seen dramatic teeth whitening results using our POLA Teeth Whitening System—even when other treatments, or store-bought solutions, have let them down in the past!
POLA Teeth Whitening has made it easier than ever to achieve a brighter, more confident smile. POLA combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas to ensure a painless experience, and satisfying results. There are many reasons why teeth become stained or discolored, including: tobacco, dark liquids (red wine, coffee, tea, and soda), aging, and prescription medication.
How it Works?
When a whitening product is applied to the tooth, it breaks down into water and oxygen ions. The oxygen ions enter the enamel and attack the long stain molecules to effectively break them down to be short and colorless. These short and colorless molecules are then naturally removed from the tooth by saliva. The intensity of whitening is related to the number of oxygen ions available and the length of time they are on the tooth.
The main difference between these categories of products is the amount of hydrogen peroxide, which is the active ingredient they contain. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide over a period of time, but at a lesser strength of active ingredients.
Products can range from as little as 3% all the way up to 37.5%. The amount of active ingredient dictates the strength of the product and the duration required to apply it to your tooth to achieve the desired whitening effect.
What do you need to know?
Generally the more active ingredients the product contains the more effective it will be, however above a certain strength requires a dentist to apply and remove the whitening product. In-dentist clinic strength products contain comparatively more active ingredient to achieve the desired whitening effect. These products are administered by dentists to ensure patient safety during the application process.
Your dentist will use the POLA shade guide to identify your tooth color. They will also use this scale to estimate how many shades whiter you want your tooth. Each type of whitening utilizes a unique application technique to protect your tooth and gums during the whitening process and also long term. Some products contain features that actively protect your tooth and gums during the process, and these can be beneficial as they enable you to achieve the desired whitening effect without incurring damage to your tooth or gums. It's best to seek your dentist's advice on which whitening product is most suitable for your and approximately how many shades whiter you are able to achieve.