Need a way to whiten your teeth? Common questions about Enlighten teeth whitening answered

One of the most popular and oldest forms of cosmetic dentistry is undoubtedly whitening.


In years gone by, having your teeth whitened by a dentist would have involved abrasion techniques along with harsh bleaching; while many whitening gels do still have some hydrogen peroxide in them, it is much more gentle on the teeth and the gums.

Depending on the underlying cause of the staining, such as acidic foods or smoking, our team will use a different strength of bleaching gel to remove those stubborn stains.

At Harley Street Dental, our team has 2 advanced whitening systems which we use that can remove even the most deeply set stains. Using either Enlighten or Zoom, your teeth whitening in Harley Street will leave you with a smile worthy of the Hollywood elite that does not cause sensitivity issues. What more could you want from a whitening system?

Of course, many people still have reservations about using teeth whitening in Harley Street due to misconceptions about long-term problems. In this article, we answer your questions about the Enlighten system, so you can assess if it is the right one for you.

How is it applied?

Enlighten is applied by our team during 2 sessions 14 days apart.

Our team will take a mould of your teeth to create a tray with which you will apply the whitening gel at home. You must wear this tray to bed for 14 days and afterwards, you need to visit our team for the final stage of the teeth whitening in Harley Street.

How many shades whiter can my teeth get with Enlighten?

Enlighten can whiten your teeth up to 16 shades, but this will vary depending on the level of staining and the underlying cause of the stains.

However, if you want your teeth to look similar to that of a celebrity, our team may be able to offer you a more suitable whitening treatment such as veneers.

Will it make my teeth feel sensitive?

You may have some sensitivity when using this gel; it is an oxidizing treatment, which needs to permeate the enamel to work.

However, our team at Harley Street can provide you with desensitising swabs for those 2 weeks of treatment and advise you on lifestyle tips to avoid any prolonged discomfort.

How long do the effects last?

The results achieved with Enlighten can last indefinitely with the right maintenance.

Wearing the trays used in the initial whitening for one night each month can help to keep your teeth looking whiter, and we can also provide you with a whitening serum to prolong results. Remember, the length of the whitening will depend on your lifestyle choices, so if you want a whiter smile that lasts, you may need to cut back on sugary drinks and smoking.

Can it be reapplied?

It can be reapplied but our team will aim to prolong the effects rather than reapply the gels. Talk to our team if you feel your whitened teeth need sprucing up!