April 22, 2022

Professional teeth whitening is one of our most popular treatments for a reason – it is simple, non-invasive, and the finished product makes for a brighter, more attractive smile. 

You will inevitably notice staining on your teeth over time and as you age. This can worsen if you are a keen coffee or tea drinker, or are partial to strong-hued foods like berries and curries.

At Ten Dental, you can whiten your teeth at home or during a single appointment at one of our state-of-the-art practices in London. 

Like any cosmetic dental treatment, you might want to know the facts before going ahead. To help, we have compiled answers to some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions:


What do dentists use to whiten teeth?

At Ten Dental, we offer Enlighten, one of the world’s most advanced teeth whitening systems. 

You can choose to whiten your teeth from home, with the optional addition of an in-surgery power whitening session to guarantee the brightest shade possible.

Enlighten whitening uses a carbamide peroxide bleaching gel that increases the permeability of your teeth. It encourages oxygenation, which breaks down stubborn stain molecules.

If you opt for power whitening alongside your home-based treatment, we will use an LED accelerator to speed up the process; this creates longer-lasting and more impressive results.


How does it work?

Enlighten whitening enables you to achieve a brighter smile from the comfort of your own home. First, we will take impressions and provide you with bleaching trays that fit over your teeth. Then, you will fill these with bleaching gel and wear them every night for two weeks. We monitor your progress using the Dental Monitoring app, which allows you to check-in with us from wherever you are. 

Lastly, you can choose to accelerate your results even further with a short, in-surgery appointment. We will apply a bleaching gel to your teeth and use a gel-activating light to elevate your results.


How long does teeth whitening last?

Enlighten whitening can last for up to five years before your teeth return to their original colour – however, the lifespan of your teeth whitening treatment depends on your oral health and dietary habits. 

If you are partial to tea and coffee, or dark-hued foods like curry and tomato-based sauces, then stains are likely to re-form on your teeth more quickly. 

Filling your trays with gel and wearing them one night a week every other month can help prolong results – as will brushing with Enlighten tooth serum. 


How much does it cost?

Enlighten home whitening costs £395, and the price of in-surgery bleaching is £645. 

We offer top-up whitening gel syringes for £70, which will leave your teeth sparkling for years to come.


What are the benefits?

Our patients are always over the moon with their results! Whitening makes your teeth look brighter and healthier, giving you the confidence to smile proudly again. 

Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste and strips do not have the same effect as professional whitening treatments. Whether you choose the home or in-surgery whitening, Enlighten guarantees you a brighter, whiter smile like no other – and it has a 98% success rate.


Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening is completely safe if the treatment is carried out by a trained dental professional, like the cosmetic dentists at Ten Dental. 

We advise that you steer clear of over-the-counter whitening kits – cosmetic treatments should always be overseen by a dental professional. These kits may be ineffective or even damaging to your teeth. 

Both home and in-surgery whitening may cause some sensitivity at first – this can last until your treatment is complete.

Treatment tracking through the Dental Monitoring app lowers the risks associated with home-based whitening treatments. One example of this is the over-application of whitening gel, and resulting in sensitivity issues. 


Where can I get my teeth whitened?

Are you are looking for local expert treatment and don’t want to travel? We offer professional teeth whitening treatment in London. Choose from three of our state-of-the-art practices in Clapham, Balham or Wandsworth