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Enlighten

The world’s favourite tooth whitening system

Stained and discoloured teeth are no good for your smile, or your confidence. Our tooth whitening treatment can restore your teeth to their natural brightness using a home kit, in-surgery treatment, or a combination of both.

Our experienced dentists, here at Downhouse Dental Practice, will make you a custom mould that fits your teeth and is comfortable to wear. Enlighten whitening gel will then be applied to this tray, either by your dentist in the surgery, or by you at home. This will break down the particles causing the discolouration. You will achieve a smile that’s brighter, lighter and virtually no hassle to maintain.

The custom moulds, or trays, into which you will squeeze the whitening gel, are very thin and made precisely to fit your individual set of teeth. This is done using impressions of your teeth that will be made in the surgery. As you will be wearing the moulds overnight, we want you to be as comfortable as possible. Our approach is different to that of generic home-whitening kits, which provide a one-size-fits all mould, designed for the convenience of the manufacturer, rather than the convenience of the customer.

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FAQs

Everything you need to know

Is it safe?

Tooth whitening treatments, such as the one we offer at our practice, have been used safely for over 100 years. As the active ingredient in the Enlighten paste passes through the enamel of your teeth, your tooth surfaces will remain unharmed.

Are there any side-effects?

Many tooth whitening systems cause sensitivity in the teeth afterwards, but leading brand, Enlighten, prides itself on its low tooth sensitivity rate. Your dentist will give you desensitising swabs to use at home following treatment. This will further ensure that any heightened tooth sensitivity you experience is minimal.

How long will the effects last?

If you top up the treatment by using an overnight tray one night every other month, the effects should last indefinitely. No need to worry about tooth staining or the foods that cause it any longer!

How long does the treatment take?

The trays are worn overnight, every night, for 14 nights, while the in-surgery treatment takes about 40 minutes. The length of time your tooth whitening will take depends on the treatment option you choose.

How will the whitening gel affect my crowns, veneers and implants?

Crowns, veneers and implants are unaffected by the whitening gel. You might want to change them for lighter versions if your tooth colour changes significantly.

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