Dental bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry. Whitening restores natural tooth colour, and bleaching whitens beyond the natural colour.
Preparation before the whitening procedure
First, we start with a dental check-up. The dentist will photograph your teeth first, and then he will examine your teeth and ask you questions to determine what caused your teeth to become stained.
A check-up is required to determine the best outcome from the whitening.
The next step is that the dentist/oral hygienist will clean your teeth. This will remove the build-up of bacteria, food and other substances which contribute to staining. The dentist will then apply a substance that covers and protects the gums around the teeth. After this is done, hydrogen peroxide will be applied to the teeth.
If you have tooth decay or receding gums, whitening may make your teeth sensitive.
Different ways to whiten your teeth:
In the dental chair (Power Whitening)
This procedure is done by the oral hygienist in one session of usually an hour to an hour and a half. Results are instantly visible and long-lasting.
Home whitening kit
Custom made trays are used at home for 30 minutes a day to whiten your teeth. The whitening gel is put into the custom trays, which fits onto your teeth. This is a very safe and economical way to whiten your teeth and results can usually be seen after the third day. A Home kit can be used to do touch up treatments as well.
Combination Power whitening and home whitening
The most predictable way of whitening your teeth is to combine the procedures. Firstly the power in-chair whitening is done at the dental office, and after that, the home kit is used for two weeks.
Excellent results can be achieved, and the results are even longer lasting.
As one of the leading cosmetic dentists in Claremont, Cape Town, Dr Corne Smith only uses the best and latest technology when it comes to her dental treatments.
Philips Zoom professional whitening in her opinion is the most effective, fast and safe way to whiten your teeth. Results from professional treatments can be immediate (up to 8 shades whiter), and because a dental professional is involved, the process is safe, reliable and hassle-free.
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