Teeth whitening

Tooth Whitening

A beautiful smile is one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. Your smile can have a dramatic affect on your confidence and sense of well being. At Bath Dental Excellence we use the Enlightenand Opalescence Home Whitening systems which rely on oxygen release to safely lighten your teeth giving predictable excellent and long lasting cosmetic results. What a wonderful way to brighten up your smile!

Enlighten

This technique is widely accepted and produces excellent cosmetic results. It is the first choice for many cosmetic dentists, widely used in television programs such as ’10 Years Younger’ and ‘Extreme Make-Over’.

After making impressions of your teeth custom-made trays are prepared for you to take home along with the whitening gel. The trays are worn at home for a couple of weeks and this is followed by a one hour in-surgery deep whitening appointment. The procedure is straight forward and associated with very little discomfort.

Opalescence Home Whitening

The principles of this technique are very similar to the Enlightensystem. After making impressions of your teeth custom-made trays are prepared for you to take home along with the whitening gel. The trays are worn at home usually for a couple of weeks until you are happy with the results. This is a very predictable technique and the results are excellent but slightly less marked than with Enlighten.

The results of tooth whitening can last for many years especially if you carry out occasional ‘top-up’ treatments to help maintain your new natural white smile.

Did you know that:

  • Teeth naturally darken with age and if you smoke, drink coffee, tea and red wine the colour becomes even darker!
  • Tooth whitening does not damage your teeth.
  • Yellow and discoloured teeth can make you look over 10 years older. Whitening can reverse this and make you look over 10 years younger!
  • Lasers are gimmicks! Scientific research shows that lasers and ‘blue lights’ do very little to benefit the whitening procedure.
  • Whitening gels only lighten the colour of your natural teeth. Restorations, crowns and veneers are not affected and may need to be replaced after the teeth have been whitened.
  • As a general rule yellowing teeth whiten the best.
  • Tooth whitening can cause some teeth to become sensitive. This is generally mild in most people and disappears after treatment is completed.
  • In-surgery versus At Home procedures – which is the best? A combination of the two procedures gives the best results.
  • Whitening toothpastes do NOT whiten teeth. They may help to maintain the shade of whitened teeth.