What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discolouration. Whitening is among the most popular of cosmetic dental procedures, as it is known to greatly improve how your teeth look, in a safe and quick manner. Most dentists perform tooth whitening.

Whitening is not a permanent procedure. It will need to be repeated regularly if you want to maintain your desired results.

How Do Teeth Get Stained?

The outer layer of your teeth is called the enamel. Your genes can affect the thickness and smoothness of the enamel. Thinner enamel allows more of the colour of the dentin to show through. Every day, a thin coating forms on the enamel and picks up stains. Teeth enamel also contains pores that can hold stains. This means that our regular lifestyle choices can heavily effect the colour and shade of our teeth.

The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained include smoking, drinking excess amounts of coffee, tea or red wine, not sticking to a regular oral hygiene routine, as well as the ageing process. Professional teeth whitening address all of these types of stain. It is important to use a reliable dentist for your procedure, such as Smileworks in Liverpool, where they use the Enlighten teeth whitening system and your dream of whiter teeth can become a reality.


Enlighten teeth whitening is a combination of two methods including a home-based kit and an in-house teeth whitening session. Enlighten is a technological leader in professional teeth whitening.

This treatment is split into two sessions. In the first session, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which is then used to create a set of tailor-made bleaching trays. These trays are designed to fit over your teeth and contain a concentrate of carbamide peroxide gel.

Once the bleaching trays are ready you take these trays home and wear them over your teeth every night for 14 days. These trays must be worn with the whitening gel.

On day 15, your dentist will carry out a deep bleaching session. They will use a stronger type of bleaching agent, which gives quicker results.