Enlighten Tooth Whitening

By Celia Burns on 9th January 2023

Having stained or off-white teeth can make a huge impact on our appearance and self-confidence.

It can also affect the way we smile as we try to hide teeth that we are self-conscious about. This can confuse the impression we give to others day-to-day. After all, as human beings, a genuine smile can communicate so much.

Tooth whitening is extremely popular amongst those who wish to brighten their smile. When applied by a dental professional, it’s a simple, quick and effective way to restore the natural whiteness of your teeth. At Nothing But The Tooth, in Sutton Coldfield, we are proud to offer a choice of systems, including Philips Zoom or Enlighten Tooth Whitening. Both are gentle, yet highly effective and safe whitening systems. The Enlighten system includes an in-clinic treatment as well as home-use products.

The cause of teeth staining can fall in to 2 main categories, external factors and internal factors:-

External factors

  • Highly coloured foods and drinks such as red wine, tea and coffee, curry
  • Smoking
  • Ineffective or insufficent brushing and cleaning between the teeth
  • Mouthwashes which contain high concentrations of chlorhexidine if used for more than a couple of days

Internal factors

  • The natural ageing process
  • Fluorosis (over exposure of fluoride in the first 8 years of life)
  • White spots (weak enamel (called hypomineralisation) due to premature or low birthweight, chronic infections or an elevated temperature
  • Tetracycline staining (from antibiotics used while the teeth are developing)
  • Trauma (fracture or injury)
  • Genetics

Am I suitable for Enlighten Tooth Whitening?

Before any treatment can commence here at Nothing But The Tooth, we will carry out an examination of your teeth and see if there is anything that can be done to brighten your teeth without the need for whitening them. It could be that some simple lifestyle changes and alterations in your cleaning routine might make all the difference when it comes to removing stains and keeping those pearly whites white! If tooth whitening is suitable to brighten your smile, then we will advise on the most effective and safest course of action for your requirements.

Why is Enlighten a good option for tooth whitening?

Enlighten is the only whitening treatment which is guaranteed to the VITA B1-shade or brighter in 98% of cases. VITA B1 is the brightest natural shade on the tooth colour index. The system increases the tooth’s permeability to oxygen, which assists in the breakdown of staining and discolouration. As Enlighten also utilises a pre-whitening gel to reduce tooth sensitivity, it is a much more comfortable whitening treatment than many of the traditional methods. 14 days prior to your in-clinic Enlighten treatment (phase 2), you will need to wear a set of dental trays every night with the stage 1 treatment contained in them. Once the phase 1 treatment is complete, you can then come to the dental clinic for stage 2. The second stage treatment takes around 40-60 minutes and the good news is that you can then return to your daily activities immediately afterwards, as long as you adhere to any aftercare instructions given to you by your dental practitioner. We recommend avoiding coffee, tea, red wine or heavily spiced or coloured foods for around 48 hours after the treatment. Although you will need to restrict certain food and drink for a very short time after your Enlighten treatment, you will be pleased to know that there is no need to change what you eat and drink long-term, to maintain your new brightness with Enlighten. Topping up with a night of gel use in your trays occasionally is all that is needed to keep your results bright. Low-sensitivity whitening in just three weeks makes Enlighten the one of the most lifestyle-friendly systems available.

Results are seen straight away. You can maintain your new whiter smile by using the Enlighten range of at-home-use products and results can last indefinitely when following some simple instructions. Wearing your whitening trays one night in every 2 months and brushing with the Enlighten tooth serum will maintain results and prevent further staining.

If you are someone who is concerned about animal welfare, you will also be delighted to know that Enlighten isn’t just kind to teeth, but kinder for people and the planet. With 100% vegan-friendly ingredients and no animal testing, Enlighten gives peace of mind in more ways than just safe teeth whitening.

Whitening your teeth shouldn’t mean compromising their health or going through pain and discomfort. With Enlighten Tooth Whitening, you can achieve a whiter and brighter smile, under the guidance and advice of our dental health professionals here at Nothing But The Tooth, with minimal discomfort and long lasting results.

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About the Author

Celia Burns - Principal Dentist & Clinical Director

My first love isn’t teeth; it’s people. That’s why I love being a dentist. It’s the best feeling in the world to be able to help an anxious patient, who has possibly avoided going to the dentist for many years, build their trust in me, and I get a real thrill from helping someone achieve the confidence in their smile that they want.

Six Month Smiles BACD - British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry British Dental Association The Oral Health Foundation GDC