Tooth whitening is an excellent way to brighten up your smile by removing common stains from the teeth. The Dental Surgery Burnham uses the Enlighten tooth whitening systems, one of the most trusted and popular in the world. It is also the only system that guarantees a B1 shade of whiteness, which is the lightest shade available in the UK.
How teeth become stained
There are numerous causes of tooth staining, but the most common is poor dental hygiene. When plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on the surfaces of the teeth, the result is an unpleasant brown staining.
Your dentist or hygienist can remove plaque and tartar with a professional tooth clean. The hygienist will also furnish you with customised advice to improve your home cleaning regime, to help prevent the problem from happening again.
For a complete brightness boost, however, tooth whitening is the perfect solution. Even those who consider themselves to have a good oral care routine may find that their teeth become stained through a range of dietary factors, including tea and coffee, lifestyle choices such as smoking, through some medications and as part of the ageing process.
In all of these cases, tooth whitening can help.
When you come to our Burnham clinic for a tooth whitening consultation, your dentist will assess the nature of your teeth staining. Whitening works in most situations, although permanently discoloured teeth and dental restorations such as crowns or white fillings won’t be altered by whitening.
If you have a permanently discoloured tooth, another cosmetic option from our Burnham clinic will be more beneficial – porcelain veneers are a popular choice.
The Enlighten tooth whitening system we use at our Burnham practice is a combination system. Your dentist will first fit you with custom-made mouth trays, which you use with bleaching gel at home for two weeks.
At the end of the fortnight you will come back for a final power whitening session here at our Burnham clinic. Your dentist will apply a more concentrated form of the gel to your teeth and all you will need to do is sit back and relax.