Is the shine in your smile dimming? If your teeth are lacklustre, there are several potential causes. Coffee, tea, red wine, beetroot, soy sauce, dark berries, cigarettes, illness, medication, call all stain and discolour your teeth.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple and effective ways to brighten your smile. At Harley Private Dental, we offer Enlighten; a professional whitening treatment that delivers exceptional results.
Before your treatment, you may wonder how teeth whitening works, how safe it is, and how we brighten your smile.
In this guide, we’ll discuss five things you need to know about teeth whitening.
You can’t see them, but your teeth have tiny pores similar to those on the surface of your skin. Like the pores on your skin, the ones on your teeth can trap in dirt. Microscopic particles from food and beverages get stuck in the pores, leaving your teeth stained and discoloured.
Teeth whitening treatments use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to remove stains gradually and brighten your smile.
We use Enlighten, a popular whitening treatment that brightens your smile. Enlighten can achieve the lightest natural shade of white possible. Best of all, you’ll whiten your smile from home.
Before your treatment, we’ll get custom whitening trays made. These will perfectly fit your teeth and hold the whitening treatment safely in place while it works its magic. The treatment will take around two weeks.
Because the active ingredient in whitening treatments is peroxide, you may have some safety concerns. If it’s not used correctly, peroxide can cause health complications. As a professionally-administered whitening treatment, it’s safe.
Ahead of your treatment, we’ll talk you through everything you need to know about adding whitening gel to your custom trays. We’re also on hand to help you throughout the process and complete the treatment with one final whitening session in our clinic.
On the other hand, store-bought whitening treatments don’t come with the support of a qualified dental professional. Not only that but without custom-made trays to hold the whitening solution, you’re at an increased risk of harming your smile if any gel leaks.
There are lots of whitening treatments on the market, including toothpaste and shop-bought kits. Before trying these treatments, it’s important to know that none are as effective as Enlighten.
Whitening toothpaste is designed to lift stains off your teeth, leaving them looking whiter, but their effects are minimal. This type of product also contains abrasive ingredients like charcoal to loosen the stains. The problem with abrasive toothpaste is it can damage the enamel on your teeth.
Store or internet-bought peroxide treatments contain such low doses of their active ingredients. This means that they don’t have the desired impact.
Teeth whitening treatments can only brighten enamel. This means that if you have veneers, crowns, dental bridges, inlays, or fillings, they won’t whiten.
If you’re planning on getting veneers, or any other kind of prosthetic treatment, talk to us about this before your whitening treatment starts, as we can colour-match your new smile.
A bright, healthy smile restores confidence and looks great. With Enlighten teeth whitening at Harley Private Dental, you can have a stunning smile in no time!
Call us today to schedule your teeth whitening consultation.Back to Blog
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