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What is Enlighten Whitening?

Enlighten Whitening is an in-office tooth whitening procedure designed to lighten the colour of your teeth using combination of a carbamide peroxide gel at home and hydrogen peroxide gel in the surgery.

The combination of these gels produces maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. The gel is of a much higher concentration than the ones used for home bleaching but is still completely safe to use and has been shown to cause no long term damage to healthy teeth in any way.

Enlighten Whitening - before and after

The home stage lasts for two weeks with the trays being worn every night. The trays are very well designed and individually fitted to ensure maximum comfort of use. The home stage gently prepares the tooth enamel so that the surgery stage can give a deep whitening that will give long term predictable results. The surgery stage takes place on the fifteenth day and lasts for one hour. The stronger surgery gel completes the process and gives stunning results.

During the procedure the gel will be applied to the front surfaces of your teeth, which are then exposed to the light from the Enlighten Whitening lamp for a maximum of three 20 minute sessions. Throughout the procedure lip retractors are in place to protect the soft tissues from the gel. Damp gauze and lip balms are also used to protect from the gel and the light.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the cost?
The total cost for Enlighten Whitening is £550.00, which includes the trays and gels required for the home bleaching part of the treatment.

How often will I need it done?
For the vast majority of patients the in-office stage is a one off procedure. The whitening process needs 'topping up' from time to time but this can be carried out using the at home kit provided. Top syringes of the home gel cost £11 which should give three nights of extra whitening. For very dark or heavily stained teeth and for teeth stained through the use of childhood tetracycline the time taken to achieve whitening will increase.

How long does it take?
The home care stage last 14 nights with the trays being worn through out the night. The surgery stage lasts one hour, using the same trays but a stronger gel. The surgery stage is very comfortable and can be spent watching TV, listening to music or reading a magazine.

What are the risks?
Whitening of the teeth using in-office and at home gels has been shown to be highly effective, non damaging way to improve the appearance of our teeth. That said, there are some possible minor complications associated with the procedure it self that you need to be aware of. Teeth can become sensitive during the process or for a short time afterwards. This sensitivity is usually mild and wears off after 24 hours. It can be more severe in patients with already sensitive teeth or patients who have chipped cracked or worn teeth. Your dentist will assess you before the whitening and will warn you of any likely problems. The lips and cheeks can become a little dry during the process but moisturises and lip balms will resolve this. Any cavities or leaky fillings must be treated first. Likewise areas of sensitive dentine around the necks of the teeth should be sealed prior to whitening.

Do I need to take special care of my teeth afterwards?
There are no major precautions that need be taken although it is probably wise to avoid heavy staining foods such as curries, red wines, smoking and black coffee on the day of the treatment.

How long does it last for?
The affects of any whitening technique are not permanent and all require periodic 'topping up' to maintain the results. The Enlighten Whitening technique gives an excellent initial result which will fade slightly the next day before returning once the home bleaching begins. The amount of 'topping up' required with the home bleaching depends on the amount of initial shade change. Patients who begin with very dark teeth will need to work harder to maintain any improvements. On average most patients use one or two syringes once or twice a year.

If you would like to discuss Enlighten Whitening or any other dental procedure please do not hesitate to ask one of our clinical or reception team members who will be happy to help you.