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Teeth whitening can be one of the easiest and most effective ways to dramatically transform your smile. Over time, the consumption of tea, wine, coffee, tobacco, and other staining agents can cause deep discolouration to the surface of the teeth. This staining may even begin to penetrate the layer underneath your tooth enamel and compromise a healthy and youthful tooth appearance. Professional-grade teeth whitening treatment by an experienced cosmetic dentist can help to lighten the shade of your teeth and restore the look of a beaming smile. As one of the most prevalent treatments in cosmetic dentistry, the teeth whitening procedure can vastly improve the appearance of your teeth and smile for noticeable results that can be achieved almost immediately.

Dr Hughes offers in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments that can be adjusted to suit your individual tooth sensitivity levels at his London practice. If you are interested in teeth whitening, the experienced team at Harley Street Dental Studio can recommend the best course of treatment for your cosmetic goals. For an optimal aesthetic result, it is often recommended to combine both options for comprehensive teeth whitening.

What Can Teeth Whitening Do For Me?

The teeth whitening treatments offered by Dr Hughes are generally superior to the over-the-counter products available at stores. More often than not, cosmetic whitening toothpastes and rinses claiming to brighten teeth simply remove food particles from the surface of the enamel and fail to reach deeper layers of discolouration. These products usually require months of rigorous application to create a noticeable result. Similarly, the use of bleaching strips can be messy, ill-fitting, and time-consuming, often resulting in uneven whitening or a subpar cosmetic outcome. Ultimately, these products lack the effectiveness and precision of professional whitening procedures.

In contrast, professional-grade teeth whitening treatments administered by a trained cosmetic dentist usually contain powerful bleaching agents that can penetrate the enamel and diminish discolouration by several shades in one hour-long session. This allows a brighter and whiter smile that can be achieved almost immediately. Professional whitening also generally results in more accurate application when compared to over-the-counter methods, thereby decreasing the risk of gum tissue irritation that has been known to occur from bleaching gel products found in stores. Although teeth whitening can be an exceptional solution for conservative cases of discolouration, individuals who have more severe stains, or lost or eroded tooth enamel, may be better served by a restorative treatment such as porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can improve both the form and function of damaged or decayed teeth and adjunctively mask any existing discolouration for natural-looking results.

What Are the Different Teeth Whitening Systems?


Dr Hughes utilises the Enlighten® system for his patients, one of the leading cosmetic whitening treatments available in the UK. Enlighten® is highly acclaimed worldwide for its ability to lighten teeth by up to ten shades for extremely enduring results that can last years with the proper care. The treatment is designed to restore your tooth enamel to the whitest natural shade on the vita scale – the shade index used by cosmetic dentists everywhere. The serum is considered an ideal treatment for individuals affected by tooth sensitivity from other whitening methods, as it can produce powerful results with a low-concentration bleaching agent. Depending on your personal preference, Enlighten® can be administered conveniently in the office or from the comfort of your own home.

How Can I Manage My Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening?

While the systems utilised by Dr Hughes are designed to accommodate patients’ varying sensitivity levels, he understands that every individual has their own unique needs. For patients worried about potential sensitivity after their teeth whitening treatment, a few easy tips to mitigate discomfort include:

  • Decreasing the amount of whitening solution applied
  • Decreasing the frequency of whitening treatments
  • Avoiding very hot or cold foods immediately after treatment
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Using toothpastes or rinses designed to diminish tooth sensitivity, such as fluoride dental care products or Sensodyne® and Colgate® Pro-Sensitive

For more information about teeth whitening treatment, or to schedule a consultation with Dr Hughes, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Hughes today.

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