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WOW! Best Teeth Whitening System in Cape Town
Spruce up your smile for summer!

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Finally! Customised Teeth Whitening in Cape Town based on the latest science, and not marketing hype or driven by financial incentives to use a particular product.

OptiSmile patients have a choice of four different internationally acclaimed  brands 

Five different concentrations

CP carbamide peroxide 5%,10%,16%

HP hydrogen peroxide 6%, 16%

September Special Price only R1950 for “Spring into Summer” promo when added to your new patient exam and consultation visit

The home teeth whitening gel is dispensed by our highly trained dentists at a fair price per syringe. We have four different systems/options and will consult which one is best for you. The average cost per syringe is R250 each and lasts about a week. Most people will need 2 to 4 weeks. Spring into Summer promo includes the Custom Gel Retainers and two syringes of bleaching gel and one syringe of desensitiser.

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OptiSmile WOW!  uses the best teeth whitening systems to give you great results. 

If you are looking for “teeth whitening near me” “Teeth Whitening Kit” or “cost of teeth whitening” or want to find out the “price of teeth whitening” in Cape Town or generally in South Africa then you have come to the right place.

 

Dentists are the only profession in South Africa allowed to prescribe teeth whitening containing peroxide. It is illegal for an unlicensed hygienist to be in independent practice if their HPCSA registration is classified as “supervised”. The dentist must examine your teeth before prescribing bleaching agents.

Take-Home Treatments (Professional take-home whitening using customised trays are the best way to get started) This option requires an appointment with an OptiSmile  WOW! dentist to customise a bleaching program to suit both you and your teeth. 

If required, the dentist will do a gentle polish of your eight front teeth, followed by impressions for customised take-home bleaching trays. These usually take about 24-48 hours to manufacture. If you have not had a cleaning in over 6 months, you will need to book in for a full cleaning as well. (charged separately).

 You will then be given a  take-home syringe selected from the best available for your situation. The reason for the staining on your teeth will determine the strength of peroxide gel to be used and the length of time you will need to bleach. For example, one person may achieve their desired results within two weeks using a particular strength for 30 minutes per day, and another may need to continue for up to 3 months to achieve their desired results. It’s perfectly safe to continue whitening for more extended periods as long as the teeth are still changing colour. We will see you regularly to ensure the correct use of the product and help you with your bleaching program by taking before and after photos and shades and monitoring your progress. You will need to avoid any foods and drinks that can stain a white top for up to an hour after each take-home bleaching session. 

 Before you can whiten your teeth, we need to make sure that they are healthy, so at OptiSmile, we will always recommend that you have a full exam and, if necessary, x-rays with one of our dentists first.  The best way to get started is to click on the link to the free video consultation and take it from there.

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Beware of over the counter or illegal products from the internet

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BrilliantWhite is not used at OptiSmile
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OptiSmile WOW! does not recommend over the counter products like SNOW

How whitening works

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Teeth whitening products help to remove surface stains and discolouration but don’t change the actual colour of the teeth. These could be anything from toothpaste to a professional cleaning with your oral hygienist.

Bleaching is a chemical process which changes the internal colour of the teeth, lightens them and dramatically improves how they look. There is no such thing as a one size fits all bleaching procedure, and each person should have a customised bleaching program that suits them and their teeth. Once you have whitened your “pearly whites”, they will need maintenance, and it’s essential to carry out home maintenance using customised bleaching trays and good oral hygiene.

However, getting this done by a qualified  dentist using high-quality teeth whitening products means longer-lasting results without the damage and minimal to no discomfort.

Bleaching is a chemical process which changes the internal colour of the teeth, lightens them and greatly improves how they look. There is no such thing as a one size fits all bleaching procedure and each person should have a customised bleaching program that suits them and their teeth. In order to maintain the beautiful pearly whites for years to come, its essential to carry out home maintenance using Custom Gel Retainers and good oral hygiene.

However, getting this properly done by a qualified dentist using high quality teeth whitening products means longer lasting results without the damage and minimal to no discomfort.

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.

Over the Counter (whitening toothpastes and strips)

These products will help with removing surface stains only and most won’t actually change the colour of your teeth. Many over the counter products are very acidic and can cause severe damage to your teeth and support structures, as well as your fillings/restorations. Your dental professional is always the best person to ask when it comes to which product you should be using. Professional whitening products sold by dentists and oral hygienists, such as toothpastes and mouthwashes are far safer for your teeth than over the counter alternatives. Any bleaching products that have not been customised to fit the individual’s mouth can cause severe damage to the gums as well as the teeth, even if they don’t contain hydrogen or carbamide peroxide.

Take-Home Treatments (Professional take-home whitening using customised trays)

This option requires an appointment with the dentist  to customise a bleaching program to suit both you and your teeth. Cleaning will be done, followed by impressions for the take-home bleaching trays. These usually take about 24 hours to prepare and make. You will then be given a 2-3 syringes of gel to use on the upper teeth for a week, before you return to evaluate the results and further gel to be prescribed. The reason for the staining on your teeth will determine the strength of peroxide gel to be used and the length of time you will need to bleach. One person may achieve their desired results within two weeks using Peroxide for 30 minutes per day, and another may need to continue for up to 3 months to achieve their desired results. It’s perfectly safe to continue whitening for more extended periods as long as the teeth are still changing colour. Our dentist will see you regularly over this time to ensure the correct use of the product and to help you with your bleaching program by taking before and after photos and shades and monitoring your progress. You will need to avoid any foods and drinks that can stain a white top for up to an hour after each take-home bleaching session.

In-Chair (not recommended by OptiSmile dentists)

We  don’t offer in-chair whitening as part of the OptiSmile WOW! System and only take-home whitening (bleaching) options. The in-chair option has caused too many problems for many patients in the pst and it’s hard to predict who will react poorly, so we have stopped this process.  Science and research has now shown that exactly the same results are acheived with take home whiteing and after 2 to 3 weeks the results are exactly the same. 

Instructions for home bleaching again vary from one person to the next depending on the type of stains we are dealing with. The slower gradual home bleaching that one can do in combination with the in-chair whitening the longer the colour holds and the more stable the result. This also means less maintenance in the long run. Think about having to lose 30 kilograms and just expecting to plug yourself into a machine and think your problems have been solved. The slower and the more gradual the process the longer the results.

 

Every whitening case should be customized to suit both the person and their teeth. If you have sensitivity before the whitening chances are you will experience a little during the process.There are also desensitizing gels available and can be used before and after whitening. Sensitivity can be controlled by the clinician by first providing you with UltraEZ™ Desensitizing Gel or Pola Soothe. The type of take-home whitening is also essential to help minimize any sensitivity. Wear time is a great factor in sensitivity – decrease this by increasing the percentage of the take-home gel, and you can wear the take-home trays, e.g. 30 minutes per time.  If you do experience any sensitivity, it’s temporary, usually just a few hours and goes away completely. The actual whitening gel penetrates all the way through to the centre of the tooth where the nerve is, so it doesn’t mean there is something wrong. Most people experience little to no sensitivity.

Professional whitening changes the colour of your teeth while whitening pens and strips generally dissolve surface stains and can maybe change the colour by max 1 or 2 shades. They are definitely “whitening” products rather than professional bleaching. They are good for maintenance when your desired result has been achieved. Be careful of strips with a high hydrogen peroxide content as they are straight and not customized to fit your teeth/mouth and can cause significant damage to the gums.

OptiSmile offers a free video consultation with the dentist first and then when you come in for an exam and any necessary xrays, you will be assessed at no charge for teeth whitening.

Bleaching is different from whitening in that you are changing the internal colour of the teeth and not just removing surface stains. To do this, you need to use a hydrogen or carbamide peroxide which penetrates into the tooth and decolourises the staining molecules held deep within the tooth, right up against the nerve. The nerve can become stimulated, and you may experience some sensitivity for a few hours, but this can be controlled by your dental professional enormously. You may also receive desensitizing gels to use at home, but mostly this can all be prevented and customized for each patient. Bleaching is not a one size fits all approach, and each person should have a custom plan prescribed by a dentist.

Yes! OptiSmile is one of the premier teeth whitening providers in Cape Town. We have the exclusive service by our hygienist Emma King who is the training manager for PHILIPS ZOOM   Call 087 702 6886 for your appointment. Or WhatsApp OptiSmile on 0711400396

Professional whitening usually involves products that are approved by International Dental associations to ensure no damage to the tooth. If a person achieves their maximum whitening result and continues to bleach, that’s when you can cause damage. It’s essential to follow the instructions from your dental professional with regards to achieving and maintaining your bleaching / whitening results. In South Africa, it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist or hygienist to use these products.

Depending on your teeth, both the take-home and the in chair options can achieve maximum whiteness. Both the take-home whitening and the in-chair whitening need to be customized to suit each person and the in chair needs to be combined with take-home whitening to ensure the colour holds and so you can maintain the colour at home monthly. Home bleaching may take an average of 4-6 weeks, and the more in chair whitening you do, the less homework you need to do. Once results have been achieved its easy to keep the colour looking good in as little as 30 mins once a month at home

Kindly book your free video consultation to discuss all the details.

It’s common to achieve results 6-8 shades lighter. It depends on what type of stain you have; your dental professional will discuss more with you during your check-up. Everyone reaches a different result, and only 2-3% of people will achieve “Hollywood” whiteness from bleaching alone. Teeth aren’t meant to glow in the dark, so you will still have a natural look after your whitening, but whiter results do require more bleaching. You always need to bleach first and then match new dental work to the desired outcome rather than trying to match your tooth colour to abnormally whitening dental work. Everyone has a different whitening endpoint where the teeth stop changing colour. This is when you need to stop bleaching and go onto maintenance to avoid damage to the tooth itself, which is just another reason to ensure you have a professional dental clinician guiding you through the process from beginning to end.

For best results, your teeth must be free of any plaque. Oral health always comes first. You can’t whiten if you have gum disease or large areas of decay, for example. Most small fillings can be blocked out and attended to after the whitening, but more extensive areas of decay can end up causing severe pain and issues with the nerve if ignored. When time allows, we suggest a cleaning a week or two before the whitening to enable the gums to settle down, but in some cases, this can be done on the same day as the whitening. 

This depends on the program that has been customised for you. It could take a week of home whitening to 3 months of home whitening. Each  kit works differently; therefore, you should consult a qualified dentist before deciding on a course of action.

Boosting Confidence

A confident smile can change your life. Job interviews, weddings, dating, there is no single situation that a smile won`t enhance.

Younger Appearance

Science has proven that adults who appear more confident look younger and happier, a beautiful smile is key for this to be true.

Memorable Events

Always standing at the back of the crowd avoiding the camera? Shy and introverted at the life of the party? WOW! is the answer.

First Impressions

Making a great first impression is still one of the most important things you could ever do. Let OptiSmile WOW! be your ace up your sleeve.

White For Life

OptiSmile WOW! uses the most trusted brands in whitening keeping your teeth whiter for longer compared to other brands.

OptiSmile Hygiene

First we clean then we whiten. OptiSmile ensures your teeth are in optimal condition pre and post whitening.

Gorgeous Results!

New Habits

Practice good dental hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing us for your routine cleanings.

Stop Smoking

Possibly the worst contributor to stained teeth, smoking will ruin your results and lower your natural healing ability.

Stay Vigilant

Be aware of major stain culprits, such as red wine, tomato-based foods, energy drinks, tea and coffee.

Damaged Teeth

From sensitive teeth to outright missing teeth, due to emergency or decay, find out more about our treatments.

Missing Tooth

Broken Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

I Have Limited Time

Time For a Checkup

Has it been years since a dentist looked into your mouth? Don`t be shy, prevention is better than cure!

Bleeding Gums

Bad Breath

Plaque & Tartar Buildup

It`s Time For a Checkup

Unsightly Teeth

Do you have stained or yellowing teeth? Are your teeth crooked and fighting each other for space?

I Want a Great Smile!

I have Limited Time!

I need Straighter Teeth

I need Teeth Replaced

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STEPS TO SUCCESS AND A WOW! SMILE

  • Only the upper teeth are treated in the first week

  • Included is a follow-up at one week to see how you are doing

  • the lower teeth can be prone to sensitivity and zingers, and this can put you off treatment if you are using a higher concentration

  • teeth whiten at a different rate for each person, and the only reliable way to see if and how quickly the prescribed treatment is working is to compare the upper teeth to the lower teeth after one week

  • After the initial first week, the dentist can prescribe another 2-4 weeks with upper and lower, or up to 3 months depending on your situation

  • WOW! is not a one-size-fits-all whitening program

  • WOW! is the first truly customised teeth whitening system available in South Africa

  • WOW! does not depend on a particular brand or concentration

  • WOW! does not depend on marketing hype

  • WOW! is based purely on current dental science

  • WOW! patients benefit in every way compared to other available options

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