Feel like you want to brighten that smile?
Wanaka dental offers two types of tooth whitening depending on your time constraints and needs.
1) In-Clinic Teeth Whitening
Want to see instant results? In-clinic whitening may be for you.
At Wanaka Dental, we use the Pola Tooth Whitening System. We chose this product for its safety and its effectiveness.
Before we whiten your teeth, we recommend a professional cleaning with the Dental hygienist. This will remove all traces of plaque and tartar, providing a clean surface to work with and the best opportunity for excellent results. Using a sensitive toothpaste or GC tooth mousse 2 weeks prior to your whitening appointment may also reduce post treatment sensitivity.
On the big day, we’ll take a before picture, which will help us compare the results and measure your level of whitening. We’ll protect your lips and gums and then apply the whitening gel to your teeth. A special type of light activates the whitening gel, and the process begins. At this point, you can just kick back and relax!
After about an hour and a half, you’ll be done! We’ll remove the gel and take an after photo. You can expect to see improvement in one clinic visit!
2) Custom At-Home Teeth Whitening
If you prefer to whiten your teeth at your convenience, your dentist may provide you with a custom at-home whitening kit. Your applicator trays will be made just for you, and the strength of the whitening gel will be chosen to meet your needs. You will be given specific instructions for how to use it safely and to avoid side effects.
After this kind of whitening treatment, you will typically be asked to schedule a follow-up visit with our office to check on your progress.
Frequently Asked Questions
Benefits of Choosing Professional Teeth Whitening
Luckily, visiting our clinic for a professional whitening treatment can improve the appearance of dark, yellow, or brown-stained teeth.
Many patients appreciate a bright smile and opt for professional teeth whitening because it provides benefits that over-the-counter products do not.
- Professional teeth whitening penetrates the tiny pores in your teeth.
- Professional teeth whitening is generally safer and more effective.
- Applicator trays in pharmacy kits often do not fit well.
- Whitening pastes may be abrasive and cause sensitivity.
Are There Any Side Effects?
A small number of people do experience some sensitivity following teeth whitening, but this is short-lived and usually lasts for only about a day or so. An over-the-counter pain reliever like paracetamol (Panadol) or ibuprofen (Nurofen) should resolve any discomfort. Avoiding hot and cold drinks for the first 24 hours after your whitening will also help reduce the sensitivity.
How Can I Keep My Teeth White?
Now that you’ve achieved your beautiful new smile, you’ll want to keep it that way! Follow these steps to help your smile stay bright:
- Brush your teeth after every meal (or at least twice daily).
- Floss daily before you brush at night.
- Use your Pola White home touch-up kit when needed.
- Visit our practice every six months or as recommended for regular cleanings and check-ups.
Schedule a free consultation to learn more
Are you looking forward to a whiter smile? Contact the team at Wanaka Dental for a free 15 minute consultation to find out more about professional teeth whitening services.