Tooth whitening – the fastest way to enhance your smile
Professional tooth whitening is one of the quickest ways to brighten up the appearance of your smile. At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we only use the Enlighten whitening system – one of the most popular and trusted tooth whitening systems in the world.
Tooth whitening should only be carried out on the prescription of a dentist. Whilst a dental hygienist or hygiene therapist can provide the physical treatment, by law only a dentist may prescribe it. There are several reasons for this, but first and foremost is that this is the only way to ensure that your treatment is appropriate, effective, gentle, and safe.
As with any cosmetic procedure, tooth whitening should only be carried out on a healthy mouth. Your Burnham dentist will carry out a thorough health check before prescribing whitening treatment, and will deal with issues such as untreated decay or gum disease first.
There are some types of tooth discolouration that whitening won’t work on. It may surprise you to know that the most common reason for tooth discolouration in the UK is visible dental plaque. This causes problems for your health as well as the appearance of your teeth, because it leads to gum disease and tooth decay.
Should plaque be the main cause of your tooth discolouration, you will be referred to our Burnham hygienist, Nichola Pratt, for a professional tooth clean and advice on how to maintain efficient oral hygiene going forward.
Permanent discolouration, such as that caused by dental trauma, also won’t be affected by tooth whitening, and an alternative solution will have to be found. However, common stains such as those caused by tea, coffee, red wine, or smoking, are suitable for whitening.
Enlighten tooth whitening begins with a two-week period of home whitening, using custom-made mouth trays. After a fortnight you will come back into our Burnham clinic for a professional tooth clean followed by a 40-minute application of the gel by your dentist.
On average, whitening treatment from our Burnham clinic will last six months, as long as you maintain good hygiene. Your teeth are unlikely to return to their original stained colour.