What is the best teeth whitening treatment and why?

Having your teeth whitened can help to transform your confidence if staining has made you self-conscious about your smile – but which is the best solution to choose?

The NHS always advises that teeth whitening should be carried out under the guidance of a professional dentist.

Our choice of food, the aging process and sometimes staining as a result of a condition, treatment or illness can impact the colour of our teeth.

Thanks to developments in teeth whitening technology it is now possible to make reasonably long-term changes to the colour of our teeth by lightening the shade.

It is this ability to effectively lighten the teeth – and to do so safely – that determines which products make the best choice.

Find the best teeth whitening solution for you

The initial step to take should always be a consultation with your dentist who will assess the suitability of your teeth to the treatment and advise you on the best options.

These can include:

  • Bleaching
  • Laser treatment
  • Home kits
  • Porcelain veneers

At Blackheath Dental Practice, where possible, we suggest the use of the highly effective and safe Enlighten teeth whitening solution.

The benefits of Enlighten teeth whitening

A market leader with good reason, Enlighten can make teeth up to 16 shades lighter – the only current solution to claim to achieve such results.

As well as achieving remarkable results the method is also safe and gentle on teeth.

Where other teeth whitening solutions have been found to be abrasive and painful in the past, leaving teeth feeling very sensitive after treatment, Enlighten has been developed to minimise these side effects.

The treatment is applied at home over a two-week period under carefully created moulds that fit to the teeth to stop any solution getting onto the gums. A final in-surgery treatment makes sure of the quality of the finish.

Laser tooth whitening by contrast involves spending longer being treated in the dental surgery as the solution is applied to the teeth while the laser is directed at teeth to speed up the lightening process.

Porcelain veneers are a permanent solution to achieve white teeth. Ideal in people whose teeth are not suitable for teeth whitening, the veneers are bonded to the tooth to cover the surface.

Safety first

Home teeth whitening kits are widely available, however, when applying chemicals inside the mouth it is always advisable to seek expert dental care. There is also the possibility that the whitening agent in some home kits will not be strong enough to achieve the shade that you want.

If teeth moulds are not professionally fitted there is the chance that chemicals can leech out and burn the gums, which has led to warnings against teeth whitening treatments in beauty salons where there is no dental professional present.

When it comes to the health of your teeth always play it safe.

Enlighten is a state-of-the-art teeth whitening treatment that is safe and effective. To achieve long-lasting, stunning results from teeth whitening ask for an Enlighten treatment at Blackheath Dental Practice.

Contact the Blackheath Dental practice to make an appointment to discuss teeth whitening.