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Ultimate Confidence

Philips Zoom! Official

45 Minutes In-Chair

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A smile so bright it lights up the room.

Nothing exudes confidence more than a bright, confident smile. The Zoom! Whitening system is the most advanced in it`s field and with the Queen of Whitening, Emma King, in charge of your results you`ll leave OptiSmile feeling like absolute royalty.

A smile so bright it lights up the room.

Nothing exudes confidence more than a bright, confident smile. The Zoom! Whitening system is the most advanced in it`s field and with the Queen of Whitening, Emma King, in charge of your results you`ll leave OptiSmile feeling like absolute royalty.

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Emma King

OptiSmile is privileged to have the highly renowned lecturer and marketing manager for Philips ZOOM South Africa. Emma King

Emma is at OptiSmile 3 days a week and teaches all the dentists and hygienists in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa about oral hygiene and teeth whitening kits as well as oral hygiene products. 

If you are looking for “teeth whitening near me”  or “cost of teeth whitening” or just want to find out “price of teeth whitening “in Cape Town or generally in South Africa. 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.

Emma cannot see patients who have their own dentist as it is a professional conflict of interest.  Your own dentist should be able to whiten your teeth, or you will need to leave your dentist and become a patient of OptiSmile before you can see Emma.

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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 oral hygienist or 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 customized bleaching trays an good oral hygiene.

However, getting this properly done by a qualified oral hygienist or 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 or dental hygienist 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 an hour to prepare and make. You will then be given a minimum of 6 take-home Philips Day or Nite White ampoules as well as Relief gel to use over the next 2-3 weeks. 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 the Day White 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 oral hygienist 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 (treatment at your dentist)

We only use Philips Zoom for our in-chair and take-home whitening (bleaching) options. The in-chair option consists of two visits and usually takes about an hour for the actual whitening process, excluding the professional cleaning and impressions, as well as a follow-up appointment a week later. The full appointment can take up to 2 hours depending on how much whitening needs to be done in the chair. The second appointment is merely a courtesy one to check on the shade and to make sure we are both happy with the colour. All patients will be given professionally customised and made bleaching trays and will need to do some home bleaching after their in-chair procedure.

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.

Most people who haven’t whitened (bleached) their teeth before would need to opt for the full in-chair and take-home whitening combo. This consists of 3 x 15 minutes of in-chair whitening using an LED light and 25% Hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel. You may experience a little sensitivity but this is only temporary and there is no damage to the teeth or their support structures. All Philips Zoom products, including the take-home options, are dual-barreled and have a pH of 8, so they are slightly alkaline and actually remineralize the teeth while they are bleaching. The products are extremely stable and don’t have to be refrigerated like all single-barreled ampoules on the market.

We also offer whitening options where we do 2 x 15 minutes of whitening in the chair and you do a little bit more bleaching at home than simply a week after the full in chair option. For those that aren’t so good with maintenance, we can also offer you a 15 minute in chair touch up every second time you come in for professional cleaning, just to keep those pearlies looking their best.

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. Sensitivity can be controlled by the clinician in how they block out and how much whitening they do in one day. 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. There are also desensitizing gels available and can be used before and after whitening. 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. Dividing the in-chair procedure up over a few days helps. Blocking out the areas on the teeth that have wear and tear will decrease the chance of having sensitivity, and giving patients customized trays for home use and the correct strength gel worn for the right time. 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

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 for Southern Africa! Emma offers a free 1st visit with a full consultation to check what the best treatment will be for your particular situation. 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

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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. All our  options include a cleaning.

This depends on the program that has been customised for you. It could take anything from one same-day appointment followed by a week of home whitening to 3 months of home whitening. You can contact us before booking an appointment to find out if we have any teeth whitening specials available. 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? Zoom! is the answer.

First Impressions

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

White For Life

Zoom! is the most trusted brand 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

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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?

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I need Straighter Teeth

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