Zoom Teeth Whitening in-chair and take-home kits Cape Town
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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. Emma 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 the Emma is the hygeinist you want to speak to today. Send her a WhatsApp for a quick personalised reponse.
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:
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.
YES, our oral hygienist and teeth whitening professional EMMA KING offers FREE whitening consultations. She assesses your teeth to check the health of the gums and the teeth and to see what type of staining your teeth have. Your sensitivity is assessed as well as wear and tear on the teeth, and a customised bleaching plan is created to ensure you get the best whitening results with the least amount of sensitivity.
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
For the best cosmetic teeth whitening Cape Town price, visit OptiSmile. We offer different teeth whitening specials. The teeth whitening kit you choose will determine the price of your teeth whitening process.
We only offer the Philips Zoom products and kits.. Zoom is the world’s leading whitening company. No laser is used, it uses a special light. Options include:
Day White 9.5% Hydrogen Peroxide (30 minute sessions at home- ideal for achieving the initial results and maintenance kits)
Day White 14% Hydrogen Peroxide (15 minute sessions at home kits- ideal for maintenance after the initial result has been achieved)
Nite White 10% carbamide Peroxide (6-8hours at night home whitening kit– ideal for achieving the initial result and maintenance. Philips ZOOM products Nite White 10% carbamide Peroxide is an ideal product for prolonged slow, gradual bleaching on stubborn stains such as non-vital (dead) teeth.
Philips Zoom Whitespeed using the Blue cold LED light (no laser) and 25% Hydrogen Peroxide gel – for full in chair same day bleaching, combination whitening and in-chair touch-ups. Each same day session in the chair takes 15 minutes, excluding block out time. A complete in-chair whitening is 3×15 minutes in one sitting plus block out time)
Is it Safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening under the supervision of a dental professional is 100% safe. Many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. In 2009 in South Africa it became illegal for anyone other than a dentist or dental hygienist to whiten (bleach) your teeth, regardless of whether the product contains peroxide or not.
What Exactly Is Teeth Whitening?
Technically, it is a process whereby surface stains are removed from your teeth, and the tooth looks cleaner but isn’t actually any whiter. Bleaching is a chemical process that lightens discolouration of enamel and dentine. Basically, the staining molecules inside your teeth are decolourised, but the actual strength of the tooth is not affected in any way, as long as the materials used are approved and registered with the correct authorities. In South Africa, we have to register products with the Medicine Control Council. Products used in spas and beauty salons have not been registered and are being used by people that are not legally allowed to work in your mouth and haven’t been professionally trained.
How Long Does It Take?
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.
What Kind Of Results Can I Expect?
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.
Do I Need A Teeth Cleaning To Get Teeth Whitening?
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.
Everything in life requires maintenance. The longer and the slower your initial whitening, the less often you need to maintain. By following the instructions we provide you, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. Some people need to do 30 minutes a month at home. For this, they use their customised trays and take-home gel, and others can do 2-3 days every few months to maintain this depends on the amount of coffee, tea, red wine, etc. that daily as well as your level of oral hygiene. The cleaner your teeth are, the less chance of staining being attached to the tooth surface and getting drawn in and staining the teeth again.
How to Maintain Your Amazing Results
Once 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
Be aware of major stain culprits, such as red wine, tomato-based foods, energy drinks, tea and coffee
Rinse your your mouth with water after eating or drinking so that staining foods don’t sit on your teeth
Teaming up with OptiSmile is the best way to get the cosmetic dental 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.
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