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Teeth Whitening

Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening


Why Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Maybe you’ve always wanted a beautiful white smile, your teeth have yellowed, or are stained.
There are many reasons for whitening your teeth that include:

  • Boosting your confidence and self-esteem from having a great smile
  • Younger appearance
  • A special event coming up such as a wedding, job interview or reunion
  • Giving a positive first impression to others
  • Reversing years of everyday staining and yellowing

  • How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening helps to remove stains and discoloration, lightens teeth and greatly improves how they look. Whitening is not a one-time procedure, it needs to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter colour. However, getting this properly done by a qualified dentist using high quality teeth whitening products means longer lasting results with fewer applications and without discomfort.

  • What Causes Teeth Discolouration?
What Causes Teeth Discolouration?

The most common reasons your teeth become yellow or stained are:

  • Tobacco use
  • Consumption of dark-coloured liquids like coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Poor dental hygiene

Ageing also makes teeth less bright because your tooth enamel gets thinner and the dentine becomes darker. It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth called intrinsic stains, which can be caused from physical trauma to your teeth or exposure to antibiotics during childhood.

  • Types of Tooth Whitening Options
Types of Tooth Whitening Options

Over the Counter (whitening toothpastes and strips)

This is typically the cheapest form of whitening, but also the least effective. Some whitening products can also contain dangerously high levels of peroxide. Our general consensus is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Take Home Treatments (at-home tray teeth whitening)

Initially this can appear to be a fairly affordable option, but because it requires regular follow-up treatment to maintain results, it’s not the most cost-effective long-term solution.
Some beauticians may offer teeth whitening services, but there isn’t always a guarantee that the products being used in the beauty industry is regulated. People in the beauty industry are sold expensive tooth-whitening courses and equipment by unscrupulous traders who lead them to believe the process is legal.

In-Chair (treatment at your dentist)

This type of treatment consists of a single visit and usually takes about an hour. Natural+ is a great example of this and although initially costlier, it yields results that are visible immediately with minimal discomfort and lasting results. Contact OptiSmile to make a booking. Finance available.

Laser tooth whitening myth

It’s not really a laser. There’s a misconception out there that whitening works by chemically melting or laser-zapping the outer layer of your teeth enamel. Not true, a light is used to help activate bleaching products to penetrate into your teeth.


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Teeth Whitening at OptiSmile Cape Town

At OptiSmile we use Natural+ which is a safe, natural solution together with the latest in technology.
Before you begin any whitening procedure, be sure to consult us at OptiSmile. Whitening can be done in-chair at our dental office or at home. The two options we offer here are:

  1. In-chair whitening
  2. Take-home whitening trays/kits

The Teeth Whitening Process at OptiSmile

  • A good cleaning first removes surface stains and plaque and often leaves the teeth looking whiter already.
  • The initial part of the procedure involves painting on of a protective gel to stop the bleach from getting onto the gums and hurting, which is then light-cured to create a barrier. OptiSmile does this at magnification with their top of the range Leica microscopes, making sure not a spot is missed.
  • After the gel is applied it is left for 30 mins. The Pro’s in comparisons to other products for in-chair procedures are – No shooting pains, a shorter application time, and a non-heating blue light without harmful rays to activate the bleach.
  • A follow up course of take-home whitening if required. Their product is effective compared to beauty salon options as beauticians aren’t allowed to sell dental strength bleach products.
  • Unlike older products, it doesn’t cause sensitivity.
  • The whole in-chair process can take an hour.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that teeth whitening under the supervision of a dental professional is safe. Many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.

What exactly yet is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.

How long does teeth whitening take?

The complete procedure takes about an hour. We begin with a preparation period, where your gums and lips are carefully protected.  Followed by a few sessions of whitening.  A fresh layer of teeth whitening gel is reapplied after each session.

What kind of results can I expect after teeth whitening?

It’s common to achieve results 6-10 shades lighter.  It depends on what type of stain you have, your dental professional will discuss more with you during your check-up.

Do I need a teeth cleaning to get teeth whitening?

For best results it’s very important that your teeth are free of any plaque.  The teeth whitening gel cannot penetrate through plaque build-up.  This is why we it’s very important to perform a thorough exam and cleaning before teeth whitening

How long do teeth whitening results last?

By following the instructions we provide you, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before.  We suggest you do touch-ups every few months either with custom made touch-up trays.


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Our Teeth Whitening Products

  • NATURAL+ – In-Chair Teeth Whitening
NATURAL+ – In-Chair Teeth Whitening

NATURAL+

The Natural Solution for Teeth Whitening, 100% Ecological – 100% Effective
NATURAL + is a painless and effective whitening system, with an all-natural formula, that will restore your youthful smile. In the professional hands of OptiSmile, NATURAL + offers you whiter teeth in an hour – guaranteed. Relax while our experienced professionals whiten your teeth in an hour in the dentist’s chair – with guaranteed results.

  • Painless, completely safe (no side effects)
  • No hypersensitivity to gums or teeth
  • No residuals, totally ecological
  • Added Dead Sea minerals, Calcium and Fluoride help fortify and protect teeth and gums
  • Only takes an hour

How NATURAL+ works

This is an in-chair procedure that is totally safe, is neither carcinogenic nor mutagenic and is environmentally friendly.

The inclusion of Dead Sea minerals, enriched with calcium and fluoride at optimal levels, reinforces the dentine and enamel, prevents tooth decay and reduces teeth sensitivity.

The action of the calcium and the control of the water absorption by active compounds avoids decalcification and dehydration of the teeth, which is usually the main cause of sensitivities during whitening procedures.

There is virtually no sensitivity or side effects which is achieved through the inclusion of potassium nitrate that affects the response threshold in sensory nerves and as such is used for pain relief.

Sodium fluoride in the formula reinforces the calcium barrier in the enamel and dentine and acts as a desensitizer with anti-cavity power. The Natural+ procedure maintains a neutral pH of 7.0 in the oral cavity, this guarantees preservation of the enamel and the dentine.

The active agent in NATURAL+TM is stabilized and ecological and has been specifically formulated to remain neutral during the entire procedure whereas other products result in acidity through an oxidation process. The prevention of oxidation by NATURAL+TM is contained, among others; by the Calcium ions which also aid in a re-mineralizing action and which rebuild the enamel barrier.

During the catalytic reaction, peroxides release oxygen which penetrates the enamel through the inter-prismatic zones and fight the chromophormic groups (chemical capable of selective light absorption) responsible for stains on the teeth. In addition, the enamel molecules are reorganized.

The NATURAL+TM formula is developed on the basis of an aqueous solution which ensures a higher level of water and so; prevents dehydration which typically results in the overheating of the tooth.

This is one of the principal causes of pain and sensitivity during and after whitening procedures and this phenomenon is also responsible for a critical loss of efficiency (“regression”) after treatment.

The thickener, natural in origin, eliminates all possible sensitivity preserving an optimal water content level and thus avoiding any dehydration of the teeth. Higher viscosity results in better adherence and effectiveness and mitigates the risk of ingestion.
The visible effect of the NATURAL+TM whitening procedure develops throughout the process and continues after the treatment has been completed while still preserving oral and dental balance.

The synergy resulting from the interaction between the two compounds, Calcium and hydrogen peroxide, causes a higher level of oxygen release thus optimizing the whitening process.

  • Opalescence Go – Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Opalescence Go – Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

The perfect touch-up solution if you’re looking for convenient, ready-to-go whitening. It’s a professional strength whitening gel that comes in prefilled, disposable trays, which can deliver dramatic results in only 15 minutes a day.
Opalescence Go is the professional alternative to over-the-counter whitening options. It’s a simple, fast, and great-tasting way to start a whitening treatment or for whitening touch-ups, but we generally recommend it as a follow-up treatment too Natural+ for best results.

  • Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which helps maintain the health of enamel throughout the whitening process.
  • Pain free
  • No impressions, no models, no lab time
  • Sleek and comfortable
  • Discreet, clear tray material
  • 10% – wear 30-60 minutes for 5-10 days; 15% – wear 15-20 minutes for 5-10 days
  • Mint flavour

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How to Maintain Your Teeth Whitening Results

Teeth Whitening Cape TownOnce you have had your teeth whitened professionally by us, there are things you can do to prevent stains and keep your smile as bright as possible:

  • Practice good dental hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing us for your routine cleanings
  • Don’t smoke
  • Be aware of major stain culprits, such as red wine, tomato-based foods, energy drinks,  tea and coffee
  • Wash away stain causers with foods that stimulate saliva production, such as carrots, pears, apples, strawberries and celery.
  • Rinse your your mouth with water after eating or drinking so that stain causers don’t sit on your teeth

Proper dental hygiene can go a long way in keeping your teeth stain-free. Good teeth cleaning habits will fight the presence of cavity causing bacteria and the food debris that leads to yellowing.

Teaming up with OptiSmile is the best way to get the teeth whitening results you want. We know your oral health and can make recommendations that allow you to get the best results in a time frame that works for you. We’ll also help you understand how the whitening process works, monitor your progress, and treat any sensitivity issues that may very rarely arise.




Suite 303, The Point Mall,
76 Regent Rd,
Sea Point
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@optismile.co.za


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