Fast and effective professional teeth whitening in Canterbury


The UK is the home of the great cuppa – so it’s little wonder that teeth whitening is fast becoming one of our most popular cosmetic dental treatments at A1 Dental. While tea, coffee and wine – both white and red – are the main offenders, any food that is richly coloured, or high in sugar and acid, will ultimately stain your teeth. You may also notice your teeth looking yellower as you get older – a natural part of the ageing process. Through safe and professional, prescription bleaching, including the renowned Enlighten and Pola systems, teeth whitening turns back the clock on staining. It is, quite literally, a brilliant solution!


A1 Dental in Canterbury, Kent is an accredited Enlighten whitening centre, and we highly recommend this revolutionary treatment, which can lighten teeth by up to 16 shades. The two-part system involves wearing custom-fit bleaching trays every night for two weeks, followed by a 40-minute treatment with your dentist. Enlighten is considered to be the gold standard in professional teeth whitening, as it is the only system to guarantee a Vita B1 shade regardless of the colour your teeth were to start with! B1 is the lightest natural tooth colour.


If you can spare a couple of weeks to get your teeth whitened, the Poladay and Polanight home whitening systems offer a range of options to fit in with your lifestyle and schedule. Your dentist will first assess your teeth and discuss the best option for you – Poladay and Polanight encompass a number of choices that take into consideration the strength of bleach you require and the time you have available to wear the trays.

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You’ll be given bespoke bleaching trays that sit over your teeth perfectly, rather like a high-tech sports guard, and a prescription set of bleaching gel syringes, which you’ll use to accurately fill up your tray. After around two weeks, your whitening course will be complete and you’ll be able to enjoy your sparkling new smile!

Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?

Almost. There are a few patients for whom whitening may not be advisable, which is why it’s imperative to only have teeth bleaching done by a qualified dental professional.

Why get my teeth whitened at the dentist?

The dentist is your only option if you want your whitening to work and you want it to be safe. Unlike over-the-counter or online products, professional whitening means the dentist can prescribe the highest-strength bleaching agent for you, yet adjust it if it causes any problems. This means you’ll get the best possible results with the least discomfort.

Can you whiten crowns or bridges?

No, the whitening gel only affects natural teeth – so if you are having dental restorations such as crowns and bridges, make sure you talk to your dentist about whitening too. It’s recommended that whitening is carried out first so that restorations can be colour-matched to your newly brightened teeth.