Pola At-Home Teeth Whitening in Melbourne
If in-chair whitening doesn’t appeal to you, then perhaps an at-home whitening system might be an excellent alternative for you. Pola at-home whitening kits are safe and convenient treatments to elevate your smile brightness. The Pola Day kit allows our patients to experience professional whitening at their convenience with a more affordable cost and little to no sensitivity.
Patients undergoing in-chair whitening may also decide to use an at-home whitening kit to expand the longevity of their whitening results.
You don’t need to make a teeth whitening appointment at our Essendon dental practice to purchase an in-home teeth whitening kit. In fact, anyone in Melbourne who already has a set of professionally-made whitening trays from a previous teeth whitening treatment can stop in and buy kits from our friendly reception team.
Pola tooth whitening process
There are many steps to the Pola whitening procedure. These steps can vary depending on your smile goals and the current condition of your teeth.
On your first visit, we will provide you with resources about the Pola Day whitening gel and how to get maximum results out of your treatment.
Initial Consultation for At-Home Teeth Whitening
We always begin the teeth whitening process with a general check-up appointment to assess your dental hygiene and oral health. During this appointment, we can determine whether teeth whitening is a viable option for you. We consult with you on your ideal tooth shade and create a treatment plan to achieve your best possible result.
Preparation for At-Home Teeth Whitening
During the initial stages of the prep, we create moulds of your teeth to develop your custom whitening trays. When you return for your second visit, we check that these fit perfectly for your smile and give you your completed Pola Day kit.
These moulds must be fitted by a dental professional as if they’re ill-fitting the gel could potentially touch your gums, irritating. This is especially important if you’re predisposed to sensitive teeth and weakened tooth enamel.
Before applying the whitening gel to your teeth, you must brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. This removes any build-up of plaque, allowing the hydrogen peroxide gel to penetrate the stains easier.
Gel Application for At-Home Teeth Whitening
To apply the gel, begin by squeezing product the size of a teardrop into each impression in your bleaching trays. Ensure you don’t place too much gel into each impression, as this can cause an overflow onto your gums. Excess product can lead to gum irritation.
Once you’ve filled each part of the tray, you can place them into your mouth to process.
Processing time for At-Home teeth whitening
The Pola Day gel formula uses a 6% level of Hydrogen Peroxide as its active ingredient. This concentration means it doesn’t need to be left in for very long.
We recommend patients use the whitening kit twice a day for 30 minutes, or once a day for 45 minutes.
As each patient receives a unique treatment plan, the period in which you’ll be using the whitening system will differ. When shaping your treatment plan, your dental team will consider the following items:
- the current condition of your teeth
- your ideal shade goals
- your lifestyle.
Once you’ve had the trays in for your allocated amount of time, be sure to:
- cleanse them with cold water
- wipe the excess gel from your teeth
- brush your teeth thoroughly.
How long does Pola at-home whitening take?
The Pola Day whitening kit can take longer to reach the same results achieved in just 45-minutes with in-chair teeth whitening. However, Pola kits have a lower level of hydrogen peroxide than the concentrations appearing in in-chair whitening treatments. The lower concentration means that Pola kits are much more gentle on the teeth, with patients rarely reporting sensitivity.
In a few days, patients should see initial tooth colour improvement. However, patients usually won’t see the bulk of stain lifting until about two weeks into treatment. Again, this will differ for every patient and their uniquely prescribed treatment plan.
The length of this treatment will also depend on your lifestyle and the active choices you make to remove foods and drinks that are staining your teeth from your diet.
How to know if at-home teeth whitening is for you
You know that you’re experiencing tooth stains or discolouration, but you don’t want to have in-chair whitening. This means that at-home whitening is an excellent solution for you!
Patients who consume large amounts of coffee, red wine, spicy foods and cigarettes are much more prone to stains and discolouration. Individuals with these lifestyles in particular, would get the most benefit out of teeth whitening treatments. Brightening your smile can create a healthier, younger appearance and make you feel much more confident.
Suppose you prefer the flexibility of whitening your teeth in the comfort of your own home when you choose. In that case, at-home whitening is an excellent treatment for you. If you’re prone to tooth sensitivity, then this is a fantastic option for you to achieve excellent results with little to no irritation.
If you’re currently undergoing in-chair whitening, you might choose to invest in an at-home whitening system to extend the quality and longevity of your whitening.
While this is a slower process, it is an extremely gentle, convenient and cost-effective way of transforming your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pola In-Chair Teeth Whitening
Does at-home whitening cause any dental problems / is it safe?
Pola at-home teeth whitening is one of the most gentle methods of whitening your teeth due to the low levels of hydrogen peroxide within the bleaching gel. The dental industry created Pola to protect soft tissues in the mouth, nerve endings, teeth and gums while lifting stubborn stains from the tooth surface.
Pola whitening gel has a neutral pH level and has high viscosity. These factors reduce sensitivity and ensuring comfort. Because of its antibacterial properties and high water content, Pola Day:
- minimises plaque build-up
- enhances mineralisation
Side effects of this treatment are incredibly minimal. However, some patients may experience sensitivity for a few hours post-processing. This side effect is no cause for concern. Gum irritation is extremely rare and often subsides quickly.
How much should a teeth whitening procedure cost?
At-home teeth whitening is a more affordable alternative to in-chair whitening, making it more accessible for more patients.
The cost of your specific treatment depends on your unique prescription and the amount of time our dentists have recommended you to use the bleaching gel. Your dentist will discuss all of these costs in your consultation appointment.
Because your dental health is our priority, we often require an oral hygiene appointment before undertaking whitening treatment. Any dental services required before undertaking whitening will be at an extra cost. To secure your brighter and whiter smile, we require a $200 deposit when you book your whitening treatment.
Cosmetic treatments may not be claimable through your health insurance; please speak to your health fund to confirm.