Teeth Whitening: The Facts You Need to Know

First impressions count — and when you meet someone new that you want to impress, you’ll need to use positive body language, make plenty of eye contact, and smile. But if your discoloured or stained smile isn’t something you’re proud of, it can dampen the whole occasion. 

The enamel on your teeth is naturally white. Over time, your teeth can gradually turn yellow and attract stains from many everyday dietary items. Having stained or discoloured teeth doesn’t mean you’re bad at taking care of them — but feeling embarrassed about your smile is common. 

Thankfully, your teeth don’t have to stay that colour forever. Using the professional teeth whitening treatment, Enlighten, you could have a bright, healthy-looking smile again. 

Let’s look at some of the things you need to know about whitening your teeth. 

Your Teeth Have Pores

Have you ever wondered why your teeth attract stains? The reason is that they have pores. Like your skin, your teeth are covered with tiny holes. You can’t see them, but they are there. 

These pores can get clogged up with tiny food and drink particles. When you eat or drink certain things, they leave their mark. Tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, black currants, berries, red wine, curry, chilli…the list of discolouration offenders is a long one. 

Teeth Whitening Works Where Other Products Fail

There are lots of products out there that claim to whiten your smile. Whitening toothpaste, shop-bought whitening kits, and even coconut oil. But frankly, none of these come close to professional treatment like Enlighten. 

Whitening toothpaste uses abrasive ingredients like activated charcoal to strip away stains as you brush. Brushing using these products will, at best, only remove surface stains. While they’re okay for occasional use, using them excessively can weaken the enamel on your teeth, putting you at risk of decay.

Coconut oil might sound like a bizarre whitening product, but it’s often touted as an alternative treatment. Oil pulling is an old folk remedy that reportedly removes staining from your teeth. There is, however, no scientific evidence to support this technique. 

Finally, due to regulations, the active ingredients found in shop-bought whitening kits are much lower in strength than professional treatments. This really harms their effectiveness. Not only this, but applying the gels is tricky, and despite the low dose of hydrogen peroxide, you could still easily burn your mouth. 

Only Dentists Can Provide Professional Treatments 

If your local beauty salon offers teeth whitening, it’s easy to assume that this is a professional treatment. Only a qualified dentist can legally provide whitening treatments. Beauticians aren’t qualified, licensed, or even allowed to offer this procedure. 

Putting your whitening treatment in the hands of anyone but a dentist could cause you harm. 

Enlighten Offers Unparalleled Whitening 

Enlighten is the only whitening treatment that brightens teeth to a Vita shade B1. On the scale of tooth colours, B1 is the most natural and brightest shade of white possible. 

The treatment uses custom-made whitening trays that gel is added to. You’ll wear the trays on your teeth every evening for around two weeks. The beauty of the treatment is, once we’ve set you up and taught you how to use it, you can brighten your smile from the comfort of your own home. 

At the end of your treatment, we’ll get you back for one last appointment, where we’ll tweak the shade and make it look even better. 

Say Hello to Your Brighter and More Confident Smile

The effects of Enlighten are remarkable. We’re sure that when you see your new smile, you’ll feel great about showing it to the world. 

Contact us today and arrange your teeth whitening consultation.

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