So long as it’s carried out by a dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and effective method of brightening your smile. The Dental Surgery Burnham is proud to use only the Enlighten teeth whitening system, one of the most popular brands in the world, and the only one that guarantees a B1 shade of whiteness – the lightest shade available in the UK.
Common reasons for stained teeth
If you have poor oral hygiene, your teeth are likely to discoloured and stained by brown deposits of plaque. Improving your home brushing routine and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly will help in these circumstances.
However, even those with good oral hygiene find their teeth get stained by a number of lifestyle factors. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of teeth staining, as well as having many other detrimental effects on the body. The Dental Surgery Burnham offers a smoking cessation service, designed to help and support you to cut down and eventually quit, with quickly noticeable benefits for dental and general health.
Other common culprits for teeth staining include dietary factors (such as tea or coffee), some medicines, medicated mouthwashes, and medical conditions. Professional teeth whitening with a dentist is an excellent way to get rid of such common stains, leaving your teeth many shades brighter.
At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we use the Enlighten teeth whitening system. Your journey begins with a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, who will check your oral health (conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay need to be treated before teeth whitening is started) and assess the nature of tooth staining.
Teeth whitening doesn’t work on restorations such as veneers, crowns, or bridges, nor when a tooth is permanently discoloured. In this latter situation, another cosmetic procedure such as veneers would be a better option.
You will be fitted with custom-made whitening trays and given Enlighten whitening gel. After two weeks of wearing the trays at home overnight, you will come back to our Burnham practice for a final appointment with your dentist, who will thoroughly clean your teeth and apply a concentrated gel.