Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available, and it’s not difficult to understand why. At The Dental Surgery Burnham we have found that combination whitening treatment is the most effective way to remove even deep-seated stains from the teeth, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile in as little as a fortnight.
How tooth whitening works
Teeth are easily stained by dietary factors (such as coffee or red wine), by lifestyle factors such as smoking, as a side-effect of some medicines, and a consequence of some medical conditions such as fluorosis.
Whilst it is often possible for the hygienist at our Burnhamdental practice to remove surface stains, tooth whitening is the most effective way to remove more deep-seated stains. It involves the use of custom-made teeth whitening trays and a special bleaching gel (which is of a legally safe concentration) to permeate the teeth and get rid of common staining.
Results will typically last for several months, and whilst lifestyle factors may cause your teeth to lose a couple of shades of brightness in between six months and a year, they are unlikely to return to their original stained colour. We offer top-up treatments at our Burnham clinic, and recommend an occasional one-night home top-up every few months to maintain colour.
The Dental Surgery Burnham uses the Enlighten combination tooth whitening system, which is the only one to guarantee a B1 shade of brightness – the lightest shade available in the UK.
You will start by carrying out treatment at home, using custom-made whitening trays and gel for about two weeks, and will then come in for a final 40-minute appointment at the practice. At this appointment your dentist applies a more concentrated form of the gel.