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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

A bright, white smile doesn’t just look healthy — it makes you feel more confident. So, when life leaves your smile looking dull and yellow, it can get you down. 

Fortunately, it’s never been easier to access teeth whitening treatments and get the beautiful smile you want. At NuDental, we use Enlighten, a professional whitening product which achieves amazing results. 

So, how does teeth whitening work, and why is it best to use a treatment from a dentist?

Let’s take a look at the whitening process while answering some of the most commonly asked questions about Enlighten. 

What Causes Stains and Discolouration?

Several things could harm the appearance of your smile. Although they may look and feel smooth, the surface of your teeth has countless tiny pores. Pigments from your food and drink can become trapped, leading to stains. 

Some top offenders for causing stains include coffee, tea, red wine, soft drinks like cola, spices, and dark berries. Tobacco is also a leading cause of staining. 

Discolouration can also occur due to taking certain medications and through the natural thinning of the dental enamel as you age. 

What Is the Difference Between Professional and Shop-Bought Teeth Whitening?

Although it may seem like a good idea to buy a DIY teeth whitening kit from a store or online, professional teeth whitening is far more effective and is much safer than any shop bought treatment. There are a few reasons for this. 

The first thing to consider is that the whitening treatments prescribed by dental practices are more powerful than any other on the market. Legal limits exist for the active ingredients in whitening products sold in the UK. For example, a shop-bought kit may only contain 0.1% hydrogen peroxide, while dentists can use products containing up to 6%.

This makes a professional whitening product considerably more effective than any other on the market. 

Is Professional Teeth Whitening Safe?

Whitening carried out by a dentist or with their supervision is safe. Although we use a treatment called Enlighten, which is one you’ll apply at home, the process is safe. Before approving your treatment, we’ll check on the health of your teeth to ensure you don’t have any cavities or compromised enamel. 

We’ll also have bespoke whitening trays made up for you. These safely contain the whitening solution during your treatment. 

Why Choose Enlighten?

Enlighten is a very popular professional whitening treatment. It guarantees to whiten your smile to a VITA B1 shade. This is the most natural white it’s possible to achieve. 

The straightforward treatment is used at home, making it very convenient. 

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Enlighten whitening contains hydrogen peroxide. You will place the whitening solution into the custom-made trays before wearing them. When exposed to your teeth every evening for two to three weeks, your teeth gradually become whiter. 

After your at-home treatment ends, we’ll ask you to return to the clinic for one final whitening session. This final treatment takes around 45 minutes and will elevate your smile to new levels. 

Will My Teeth Stay White Forever After a Whitening Treatment?

In short, no teeth whitening treatment can prevent future staining and discolouration. Your smile will retain its new brighter, whiter appearance for some time. If you notice the colour of your teeth fading at a later date, book an appointment, and we will discuss top-up treatments. 

Teeth Whitening in Shipley

Enlighten is a highly effective and safe professional whitening treatment. It’s simple to use, and it restores the appearance of your smile while giving you renewed confidence. 

Call us today to book your teeth whitening consultation.

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