Different types of staining
There are different types of teeth staining, extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic staining occurs on the enamel which is on the outside of the tooth, whilst intrinsic staining involves the dentine which is found inside the tooth. Intrinsic stains can occur as a result of accident or injury which cause bruising inside your teeth, underlying disease, grinding of the teeth or fluoride deficiency.
Extrinsic staining occurs as a result of food and drinks such as red wines, coffee and colas. The acids in your food and drink erode away the surface of the tooth and the colour in the food attaches to the surface of the tooth resulting in discolouration. Smoking is another large factor in tooth staining. This type of staining can be removed from the teeth at the dentist by the hygienist during a scale and polish which will clean your teeth of plaque and tartar at the same time. Stubborn stains which cannot be removed by the hygienist can be removed by teeth whitening techniques.
POLA teeth whitening system
POLA is an advanced teeth whitening system which is increasingly popular, and a safe and effective method of teeth whitening which can either be carried out in the comfort of your own home or by your dentist at your dental practice. POLA works using hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide in different concentrations, depending on the treatment type, which work as a bleaching agent and remove the staining molecules from the surface of your teeth to reduce and remove discolouration.
POLA Office+ is carried out at the dental practice and uses a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide which can only be used under the supervision of your dentist. It has been found to produce quicker results than most other professional whitening treatments and the procedure itself requires only 45 minutes. Therefore it is ideal for busy, hectic lifestyles, a meeting or function that you have to attend at short notice, or even for a big day or special occasion.
The home whitening kit consists of Pola Day & Pola Night and is made up of both hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. When you visit your dentist they will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent to the POLA laboratory to manufacture individually tailored trays for your teeth in which you will add the whitening solution and then you wear the day solution for as little as 20 minutes during the day and the night solution works conveniently whilst you sleep overnight. The custom made trays ensure that the whitening solution covers the maximum surface area of your teeth, whilst providing comfort at the same time. POLA home whitening treatment has been shown to have visible results in as little as 5 days.
Teeth whitening can sometimes result in tooth sensitivity however POLA has an active desensitising agent which helps prevent such issues. Speak to your dentist to find out more about teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental procedures which can make your teeth white, bright and beautiful.