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We give you the lowdown on teeth whitening in time for Summer

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28 April 2023

Having a bright, white smile is something that many people desire, and there are numerous teeth-whitening options available to help achieve this goal. One popular option is the Enlighten teeth whitening system, which has gained a reputation as one of the most effective teeth whitening treatments on the market. Here at Aesthetique Dental Care in Leeds, we are proud to offer this system, resulting in happy patients with the confidence to smile.

Before and after teeth whitening

What Causes Teeth Discoloration?

Before we dive into teeth whitening treatments, it’s essential to understand what causes teeth discolouration in the first place. Some common reasons include:

  • Ageing: As we age, our teeth naturally become darker and duller due to years of wear and tear.
  • Genetics: Some people are born with naturally darker or yellower teeth.
  • Poor oral hygiene: Neglecting to brush and floss regularly can lead to plaque buildup, which can cause yellowing of the teeth.
  • Foods and drinks: Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, can stain the teeth over time.
  • Smoking: Smoking or using other tobacco products can cause significant tooth discolouration.

Teeth Whitening Options

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There are several options available for teeth whitening, including over-the-counter products and professional treatments. Here are some of the most popular choices:

Whitening toothpaste: This is a straightforward and affordable option that can be found in any pharmacy. However, it’s important to note that whitening toothpaste may only remove surface stains and not change the overall colour of the teeth.

Whitening strips: These are thin, flexible plastic strips coated with a bleaching agent that is placed on the teeth for a specified amount of time. While they can be effective, they may not cover all teeth surfaces evenly.

Custom-fitted whitening trays: These are made by your dentist and are designed to fit the patient’s teeth precisely. The trays are filled with a whitening gel and worn for a specified amount of time each day.

In-surgery teeth whitening: This is the most effective and fastest option for teeth whitening. The dentist applies a highly concentrated bleaching gel to the teeth and uses a special light to activate the gel’s whitening properties.

Pola Day Home Whitening System

At our dentist in Leeds, we offer a home whitening kit with customised bleaching trays called Pola Day. It is a safe, convenient and highly effective whitening treatment, which is all about choice as to when you apply it. It has a built-in desensitiser and a high water content, which reduces dehydration and decreases patient tooth sensitivity. The high viscosity means it’s easy to apply and remains in the tray during treatment.

The Pola Day package involves us taking impressions of your teeth creating in-house whitening trays, and demonstrating and instructing you on how to use the whitening syringes from the comfort of your own home. The course lasts roughly two weeks and provides a beautiful natural white finish.

Enlighten Teeth Whitening System

Our second whitening system, the Enlighten teeth whitening system, is a professional treatment that combines both in-surgery and at-home components to achieve the best possible results. Here’s how it works:

Firstly, we will take a digital scan of your teeth. This will be used to create your customised whitening mouth trays. You wear the trays at home for 14 days while sleeping, using a specially formulated gel that gradually whitens the teeth.

After the at-home portion is complete, you visit us for an in-surgery treatment that uses a highly concentrated bleaching gel to further whiten the teeth.

The Enlighten system claims to whiten teeth by up to 16 shades, making it one of the most effective teeth whitening treatments available. However, it’s essential to note that results can vary depending on the patient’s starting shade, lifestyle habits, and other factors.

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can improve the appearance of a person’s smile. We have seen many patients over the years who have experienced a huge boost in confidence following teeth whitening.

If you’re interested in whitening your teeth, please speak with us on 0113 245 8066, and we will help determine which treatment option is best for you.

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