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Celebrating in style,  with our patients and partners at OptiSmile

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We loved seeing all of you at OptiSmile and hope you can make it to future events like this.

Founder and Visionary Dr Clifford Yudelman's speech from the event

Welcome passionate friends, one and all.

Passion is expressed as enthusiasm, a fire that starts with a spark, an idea, a vision for something greater than ourselves, making a difference in people’s lives.

Seven years ago I returned to South Africa after 32 years overseas.

I was drawn to return.

I am fueled by a love for my country and family and my high school sweetheart, Robyn, who is by my side today. My CEO and guiding light.

When I was three years old, I told my dad, “Daddy, I want to be a dentist just like you”, and I never lost that excitement.

They told me to go big or go home! When I got to Cape Town, I was home, so I had no choice; I had to go big.

OptiSmile was born. A destination for oral health enhancement, smile rejuvenation and complete restoration. To give people the confidence to smile and express themselves openly.

 My vision to mentor a team of professionals who share a common purpose, came true.

We are committed to providing the most advanced dentistry available anywhere in the world at an elevated level of competency and empathy, and genuine caring. Our patients are our good friends.

After seven years now OptiSmile, the “practice”, is now a trusted brand,

Not just a name but an idea. It’s not just the logo or colour, a concept that lives in our current and future patients’ minds.

For patients to trust us, we needed to be credible.

no outrageous claims or promises, no hard sell, no before and after pictures on Instagram

Next, we had to be reliable, consistently fulfilling our commitments on time.

We are accountable and take full responsibility for everything we do. No excuses.

Integrity shows in our words and actions

We are Authentic. We genuinely care about and for our patients

We show Humility and share credit for success with our team, acknowledging the part that our suppliers and excellent lab technicians play.

Our brand was built one assured smile and happy patient at a time, one great Google review after another.

In every crowd, there are the haves and have-nots. In this crowd, tonight there are those of you who have given us a review on Google, and there are those who haven’t….we know who you are!!

OptiSmile has come a long way, but we have a lot further to go and today is a celebration of Freedom and Passion, of Trust and OptiSmile

Please raise your glass and drink a toast to yourselves.


Everything you Need to Know About Invisalign Clear Aligners in Cape Town

Everything you Need to Know About Invisalign Clear Aligners in Cape Town

Are you concerned about your crooked and misaligned teeth affecting your smile? Do you wish to get your teeth straightened but do not want to wear those unesthetic and inconvenient metal braces? Then, you can join the great smile club. 

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What is an alternative to braces?

Don’t worry; at OptiSmile, we offer a convenient, comfortable, inconspicuous and invisible option to give you perfectly aligned and straight teeth. As a result, you will have a charming and lasting smile at the end of a short treatment time. 

We provide genuine “Invisalign Clear Aligners” from the USA. Over 12 million people worldwide smile with confidence after Invisalign aligners. This is your chance to get straight teeth without braces!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a transparent removable active aligner system designed to fit over your teeth. They are made from a high-quality clear patented polymer called “SmartTrack. Each set of aligners moves your teeth more and more.

Your teeth end up in the perfect position to give you the smile of your dreams. This is an American system used worldwide and has achieved 100% success. Invisalign aligners are not only invisible when worn, but they are much more flexible and convenient than traditional fixed braces. 

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign Treatment?

Anyone with misaligned or crooked teeth is a candidate for Invisalign aligners. Some of the orthodontic problems that are treated successfully with Invisalign aligners include:

  •     Gaps between teeth – excessive gaps between adjacent teeth, also known as a diastema, create aesthetic problems and cause difficulty in eating and speech. 
  •     Overcrowding occurs when insufficient room is available in the jaws to accommodate all the teeth in optimal alignment. Invisalign aligners can correct mild to moderate cases of tooth overcrowding.
  •     Open bite – an open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not come together when the mouth is closed. Besides creating cosmetic issues, an open bite also creates problems with speech and eating.
  •     Deep bite – a deep bite is when the upper teeth excessively overlap the lower ones vertically. A deep bite can cause various complications, including jaw joint disorders, headaches, tooth wear and dental cavities.
  •     Crossbite – a crossbite occurs when both the upper and lower jaws are misaligned. As a result, one or more upper teeth lie inwards relative to the lower ones. Untreated crossbites can cause excessive tooth wear, tooth sensitivity, TMJ disorders, and dental cavities.
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How Do I Get Started with Invisalign?

  •     Clinical Examination and Treatment Planning – getting straight teeth with Invisalign is straightforward and convenient. Visit OptiSmile for a consultation; we will perform a detailed clinical examination to ascertain your suitability and identify the underlying problem. We will also look at your teeth on 3D study models and x-ray images to create a personalised treatment plan.
  •     Digital Scan Impressions and Designing your Aligners – next, we will make digital 3D impressions of your teeth. Then, the Invisalign ”iTero” scanner will upload the scans into special software called “ClinCheck”. This allows us to design a set of aligners that will gradually move your teeth into optimal alignment.

The software also visualises your smile and facial aesthetics once the treatment is complete. Hence, you will know exactly what your teeth will look like after treatment, thereby eliminating the factor of uncertainty. No other clear or active aligner system can do this.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn over your teeth. We will provide you with a set of numbered aligners sets – one aligner tray for each jaw. You will be asked to wear each aligner set for about one week, at least 22 hours each day. 

The aligners are designed to exert very gentle pressure on your teeth and gradually move them into alignment. After one week, you should switch to the next set of numbered aligners. In this way, each aligner set will bring you one step closer to your dream smile.

After wearing all the aligner trays, we will give you “Vivera” retainers by Invisalign. No metal wires glued behind your teeth here. You only need to sleep with the Viveras.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, retainers are essential after all orthodontic treatment. The purpose of retainers is to prevent your teeth from moving back to their old positions.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

The amount of time for correcting tooth misalignment with clear aligners depends on the complexity of the underlying issue. According to the manufacturers of Invisalign aligners, the treatment duration is comparable to traditional braces. Typically, treatment with Invisalign will be completed between 4 and 12 months. The treatment duration also depends on patient compliance and adherence to the orthodontist’s recommendations.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign Aligners?

If you’re still wondering why you should consider clear aligners for your treatment and how they can help you enjoy increased confidence and success? Here are some benefits of Invisalign over metal braces.


  • Invisible – Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and will not affect your smile and facial aesthetics when you wear them. 
  • Increased confidence – You can wear clear and active aligners to social gatherings, work meetings, and even on dates. You will have the confidence that your aligners won’t be visible to anyone.
  • Comfort and Convenience – Invisalign aligners are made of a flexible patented material that makes them comfortable. Clear aligners do not cause significant pain, discomfort, and soft tissue injury, unlike fixed metal braces in many cases.
  • Improved Oral Health – braces wearers often have difficulty brushing and especially flossing when cleaning their teeth. General oral hygiene is difficult and time-consuming due to the brackets and the wires. This problem is eliminated with Invisalign aligners, as you can remove them while brushing and flossing.
  •  No Diet Restrictions – with Invisalign, there are no diet restrictions! You can remove your aligners while eating your favourite foods and simply put them back on once you’re finished. It’s that simple!

Getting your teeth straightened and your desired results have never been easier! Thanks to Invisalign clear aligners, you can get your teeth straightened without anyone ever noticing.

You will love the result – a beautiful, healthy, and lasting smile! So, what are you waiting for? Please book an appointment with us today, and let us give you a smile that you have always dreamed of.  

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Brushing and Flossing: How Much Is Too Much?

Brushing and flossing are essential to keep healthy teeth and gums, but is it possible to overdo these two habits?

Key takeaways:

– Brushing aggressively can damage the dental enamel

– Flossing more than once a day can cause sensitivity and make the gums recede

– Using an alcohol-based mouthwash more than twice a day can damage oral tissue

Your dentist can help your review your dental care routine and offer practical suggestions on how to improve it.

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Why Should You Care for Tooth Enamel?

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistThe enamel present upon the surface of our teeth will help to prevent decay and stave off cavities. However, this coating can become thin and worn down over time. Let us take a look at some suggestions put forth by the professional dentist.

– Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will help to maintain the health of your enamel.

– Give yourself 30 minutes after a meal before brushing your teeth.

– Eat fewer sugary foods, and rinse your mouth after eating any of these.

– If you have decay and cavities, it’s time to see your dentist more often.

”Be sure to get an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D in your diet.”

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Wait! Don’t Brush Immediately After Consuming These Foods

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistCertain food and drinks are known for causing plaque build-up and for being more likely to damage the enamel. Doctors advise waiting 30 minutes before brushing after you enjoy them, as this will help protect your enamel.

Key takeaways:

– Dried fruit contains high sugar amounts that can be harmful to the dental enamel

– Sticky and/or sugar-covered sweets are known for generating high amounts of plaque

– Fizzy drinks and alcohol contain acidic elements that can harm the teeth enamel

Don’t forget, wait 30 minutes then brush your teeth thoroughly to protect your enamel.

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Making sure your child looks after their teeth

Good dental habits can be instilled at an early age, leading to healthy teeth for life. Key takeaways: – Encourage a fun, regular oral care routine by letting them choose their own toothbrush and brushing their teeth to a favourite song. – Teach your child about the damaging effects of sugar to help them understand why sugary snacks and drinks need to be limited. – Take your child for regular checkups at the dentist from a very early age to ensure any problems are spotted early. “Untreated dental care remains one of the most prevalent diseases affecting children” Read the full story here:  

Understanding same-day dental implants

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistDo you have missing teeth? A dental implant is a way of restoring your teeth and smile. However, with today’s hectic lifestyle, the process might seem too long. But is it?

Key takeaways:

– Same-day dental implants are very possible, as long as your mouth is in good health.

– Temporary dental implants are installed using a temporary crown placed until the implant fuses with bone.

–  Same-day dental implants are not much different from traditional ones.

You will still need follow up visit to the dentist, for checkups.

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Things You Can Learn By Checking Your Teeth

Problems with your gums, lips, cheek lining, teeth and tongue can indicate more serious issues in your body. Here are signs to look out for.


– While two or more cavities at the same time could be a sign of diabetes.

– Worn tooth enamel could mean you have acid reflux.

– Bleeding gums is a sign of acute gum disease, which can result in kidney and heart disease and stroke.

– White patches are a warning sign for oral candidiasis, dry mouth and oral cancer.

See your dentist immediately for treatment.

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What you can do for your child’s teeth

Teeth, Health , Smile, DentistThere are several things you can do to help keep your child’s teeth in good health.

Key takeaways:

– For young infants aged 0-3 use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste to clean their teeth. Older children should use a pea-sized amount.

– Fluoride prevents cavities by strengthening tooth enamel. It is advisable to use fluoride toothpaste and ensure your child drinks fluoridated water.

– Introducing dental checkups as your child’s teeth come through sets a good pattern for life.

“Your child might just learn to love the dentist, making visits down the road easier than ever imagined.”

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Is Blood Normal When Flossing?

You might be concerned if you notice a bit of blood when flossing. While this could be completely normal, there can be other instances when blood signals a more serious issue with your teeth or gums. What does the average dentist have to say?

– Those who have just begun to floss could initially irritate their gums.

– Flossing incorrectly could cause your gums to bleed.

– It is best to floss vertically (up and down) as opposed to side-to-side.

“You shouldn’t bleed when you floss unless it’s your first time flossing in a long time. ”

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Caring For Your Dental Bridge

A dental bridge can last over 10 years if you look after it – here are a few tips to help.

Top Tips

– Avoid very hard sweets and nutshells as these can damage your bridge.

– Clean and floss your teeth and bridge thoroughly.

– See your dentist for regular dental check-ups and a professional clean.

Looking after your bridge and the surrounding teeth will help to keep the bridge healthy and prevent gum disease.

“Tooth decay underneath the crowns that hold up the dental bridge is one of the most common problems associated with dental bridges.”




What Are The White Patches On Your Gums?

Teeth, Health,Smile, Dentist, Oralhealth, DentalhealthWhite patches on the gums can be a sign of more serious issues like leukoplakia. If you have white patches, visit the dentist for tests, diagnosis and treatment. Here’s more.

Main takeaways:

– Canker sores, tobacco leukoplakia, oral lichen autoimmune condition, oral thrush (Candida infection), and oral cancer all appear as white patches.

– Accompanying symptoms include bleeding, sensitivity, open sores, swelling, cotton-like sensation, cracking, redness and metallic tastes.

– A blood test, biopsy and study of medical history will help in diagnosis.

Please clean your teeth twice daily and visit the dentist for check-up.

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What Can Chip Your Dental Implants?

Can your dental implants chip or break? Most patients ask the dentist whether their dental implants can last a lifetime. Here’s what can chip or break your implants.

Key points:

– Teeth grinding, falls and chewing on things like toys, pens and nails can break or crack dental implants.

– If your crown is broken, rush to the dentist to have it repaired or replaced with a new one.

– Guard your teeth and dental implants by wearing a mouth guard to sleep and sporting activities.

See your dentist regularly for follow-ups.

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Parental Advice When a Child Damages a Tooth

Children with adult teeth can often encounter problems if they are accidentally damaged. As a parent, it is your responsibility to know what do to in such an event. We have put together a quick checklist to consult if necessary.

– Keep in mind that you have one hour before the nerve within the tooth begins to die.

– If the tooth was knocked free, clean it thoroughly.

– Reinsert the tooth gently before going to the dentist.

“If your child fractures or chips a tooth, call your dentist instead of the emergency department.”

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How to Improve the Appearance of Your Smile

Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you. While a healthy and white smile increases your self-confidence, discoloured or broken teeth trigger self-esteem issues.

So, how can you improve your smile?

– Ask your dentist to replace silver fillings with white fillings.

– Get dental implants for missing teeth.

– Wear braces to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth.

– Turn to teeth whitening to remove stains (and avoid coffee, red wine and tea).

Consult your dentist of cosmetic dentistry procedures to close gaps, crooked teeth and holes.

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Asthma Linked to Gum Disease

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistA recent study has concluded that asthma sufferers were almost 20% more likely to have periodontitis, or gum disease, compared to those who don’t have the illness.

Asthma sufferers are advised to take extra care with oral health and to be aware of possible symptoms of gum disease such as:

– Dry mouth

– Stuffy nose

– Red or inflamed gums

Asthma sufferers should brush and floss the teeth properly and visit a dentist regularly to detect gum disease as early as possible. They should always “be vigilant about their oral health” and further advice can be found at


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My parents have awful teeth – will this affect me?

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistIf your parents have crooked or crowded teeth, then there is a strong chance you have inherited these traits (unless you sucked your thumb, as that can also cause crooked teeth).

Key takeaways:

– If your parents have poor dental health then you may have a higher risk of developing problems in the future.

– Extra care and attention should be taken when cleaning your teeth.

– Your dentist can inform you of options to improve your dental health.

“You alone are responsible for your oral care, so do the best job possible

when cleaning your teeth!”

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What Can Cause a Cracked Tooth?

A cracked tooth can be caused by many things such as grinding, trauma or biting into something that is too hard. Cracks can be vertical, and run down the length of the tooth, splitting the tooth if left untreated.

Hairline or craze cracks are tiny cracks in the enamel of teeth that are usually harmless. A cracked cusp will cause pain or sensitivity to biting and can break if left.

In mild cases the sensitivity from cracks can be treated from rubbing desensitizing toothpastes over the cracks daily, or having your dental clinician apply a varnish layer over the crack to seal it. In more severe cases, fillings, root canals and crowns are necessary. Patients with severe grinding problems will need to fix the teeth then have a bite plate made to protect the bite / teeth at night time when the patient is most prone to grinding and clenching.

Many people don’t even know they have cracked teeth!




Dry Mouth: More Than Meets the Eye

Smile, Health, Dentist, TeethNot only is dry mouth a bit uncomfortable, but it can irreparably damage our teeth and gums over the years. What causes this condition and why is it always important to seek the advice of a qualified dentist?

– Always drink a sufficient amount of water, as dehydration is a primary cause.

– Drinking too much alcohol is another leading factor.

– Speaking with a dentist will help to prevent further (and more serious) issues.

“In addition to these, some over-the- counter allergy medications such as antihistamines and decongestants can cause your mouth to feel dry.”

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The Criteria for Implant-Supported Bridge Treatment

Teeth, Health,Smile, Dentist, Oralhealth, DentalhealthIf you meet the necessary conditions, your dentist might recommend implant-supported bridge treatment rather than a regular bridge. Where a regular bridge is supported by the surrounding teeth, the dental implants offer extra strength and security.

The criteria:

– You must have at least one tooth missing

– There must be sufficient jawbone to support an implant

– You must have good oral health.

If you have gum disease or another type of oral health condition, it’ll need to be fully treated before you can be considered for this procedure.”

Read more about candidature for implant supported bridge treatment here




Spotlight on Dr. Smeyatsky


Dr. Harris Smeyatsky began his career at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1986 and served 2 years as a Dental Surgeon in the South African Defense Force before emigrating to the United Kingdom in 1988, where he worked at a private dental facility until he moved to Cape Town and joined the Optismile team.


During his time in the United Kingdom, Dr. Smeyatsky assisted patients with orthodontic treatments – including Invisalign. In total, Dr. Smeyatsky has treated over 300 patients using the invisalign system, and has recently achieved Platinum Status as an Invisalign Practitioner – which means that he’s treated between 41 and 80 patients using Invisalign within the last 12 months alone.


Dr. Smeyatsky  is currently one of 2 practitioners in South Africa who have achieved Platinum status, and he is the only practitioner in Cape Town to accomplish this prestigious rating from Invisalign.


Invisalign have also recognised Dr. Smeyatsky’s experience with Vivera retainers, which use the same state-of-the-art digital scan technology used to make Invisalign aligners and offer a more precise and comfortable fit than regular retainers.


With all his spectacular accomplishments, Dr. Smeyatsky remains humble, friendly and eager to assist his patients with a wide range of dental conditions and treatments. He brings his vast knowledge and experience to every case he treats, giving his patients the best possible treatment options available.


Reasons Why You May Be Getting A Cavity Under A Filling

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistYou may think that fillings keep your teeth protected against cavities, but this is not always the case.

Key takeaways:

– Cracked fillings make it easy for bacteria to build up.

– Using the incorrect technique to place a filling may leave gaps that eventually lead to cavity formation.

– Habits like teeth grinding may damage a filling, creating cracks and gaps.

To ensure your fillings are in good condition, visit your dentist to find out if they need to be replaced.

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Dealing with a Bad Taste in the Mouth

A bad taste in the mouth is often caused by easily treatable problems and can be cured without visiting the dentist. If the problem is due to simple factors such as bad dental hygiene, medications, or diet, then the remedy can be as simple as:

– Brushing and flossing teeth properly and regularly

– Changing the medication but only under doctor’s orders

– Eating healthily while avoiding problem foodstuffs and drinks

Sometimes a persistent bad or strange taste in the mouth can be an early indication of more serious “health issues and medical conditions” and should be discussed with the dentist who will assess the problem.

Book an appointment with our periodontist

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Can My Dentist Help With Sleep Apnea?

People who suspect they may have sleep apnea can benefit from a visit to their dentist.

Key takeaways:

– Dentists can easily spot common symptoms of sleep apnea, such as dry mouth or teeth damage.

– A dentist can also refer you to a sleep specialist to get the diagnosis confirmed.

– Dentists can offer oral sleep appliance treatment, which helps keep the airways open while you sleep.

A final takeaway message: don’t delay making that dental appointment, because your health is at stake.

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Cosmetic dentistry repairs teeth damaged by acid reflux

Acid reflux is medically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and can erode your enamel. This often results in chipped and discoloured teeth. You can now repair and restore your damaged smile through cosmetic dentistry.
Key takeaways:
– Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells to cover up cracked, chipped, and discoloured teeth.
– Dental bonding is another method to cover up imperfections in teeth.
– Dental crowns restore the function, shape, and appearance of teeth.
Get your acid reflux treated to avoid further damage.
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What Periodontal Surgery Involves

Patients with gum disease that has advanced beyond mild gingivitis have periodontal disease. For them, a dentist may recommend periodontal treatment to remove concealed tartar (bacterial deposits), restore the health of the gums, and save the affected teeth.

– Periodontists are specialist dentists who treat diseased gums, inflammation and any resulting damage.

– Gum disease and bacterial buildup are significant causes of tooth loss.

– Having regular dental checkups helps to minimise the risk of periodontal problems.

Left untreated, periodontitis and the body’s natural inflammatory response will, unfortunately, destroy soft tissue and jaw bone.

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Tips For Cleaning Your Teeth When Wearing Braces


At Optismile we assist patients with straightening teeth and restoring smiles. However, it can be challenging to clean your teeth when in braces. This increases your risk of having gum disease, decay and bad breath.

We offer Invisalign Clear Aligners to get results faster than conventional braces. It is perfect for adults and teens that are looking for an alternative, but we offer oral hygiene cleaning for all patients, including those with braces.

Here are some cleaning tips:

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Visit the oral hygienist at least every 6 weeks to 3 months depending on how well you are coping with cleaning your braces. Superfloss from Oral B is the best floss to use with braces as it has a hard section on one end used for threading the floss underneath the wire and between the teeth.


We give all our patients with braces, veneers, crowns, implants, bridges, periodontal problems and just generally difficult to reach areas, a Waterpik! Most of our patients are pretty much allergic to flossing so a Waterpik can be invaluable for almost all patients anyway! The ergonomic design of the Waterpik makes it easy to hold and use. Have a look at for the various models available. The rechargeable device is by far the most popular and we sell them at cost!

Its a great shame to spend all the time and money having braces only to end up with unsightly demineralised areas on the teeth as well as decay and gum disease. Oral health should always come first.

Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes are amazing for carrying around and using at work after lunch or snacks for example. We love the Curaprox interdental brushes. They come in a variety of different sizes and are all easy to hold no matter your age. We always have them in stock!


A great alcohol free mouthwash is also a complete must! It helps you get to all those hard to reach places without causing dehydration in the mouth due to high alcohol content. We absolutely love the Philips Sonicare Breath Rx mouthwash, as well as the Gum / Butler Original white mouthwash available at Clicks / Dischem. We always have the Breath Rx mouthwash and Toothpaste in stock.


Use a toothpaste with good antibacterial agents as well as fluoride. There is an increased chance of plaque accumulation during braces, so you need as much help to prevent decay as possible. Again, the Breath Rx is our toothpaste of choice.


Brush twice a day with a manual toothbrush. I find the smaller the head the better so you can reach the back areas more easily. The braces already take up quite a large amount of space, limiting it even further. A kiddies toothbrush is perfect. Brush where the gums join the tooth, the angle down towards the brackets at 45 degrees, brush directly onto the brackets at 90 degrees, and lastly up towards (or down depending on which arch) the brackets. So, all in all four brush placements on the outside alone. Don’t forget to brush the biting surfaces and the inside of the teeth next to the tongue! I also find the electric toothbrushes’ heads get messed up very quickly with the braces so manual brushes are just easier!


Don’t avoid your Orthodontist. See them as prescribed – monthly or 6 weekly or when there is a problem. Always remember to still visit your regular dentist for check ups once a year even during braces. Your oral hygienist may clean and your orthodontist may check on the movement of your teeth but neither are doing a dedicated check up for cavities.




What is a Gum Graft?

In severe cases of gum disease gums recede and roots of teeth are exposed making them vulnerable and sensitive. Following treatment for gum disease, a gum graft may be required to cover these roots.

Main points:

– Gum disease is preventable with proper oral hygiene at home and regular dental cleanings.

– Receded gums make teeth look longer and the gum line uneven.

– Exposed roots are often extremely painful and sensitive.

To avoid gum disease, maintain good oral habits, eat a healthy diet, and see a dentist regularly.

“Before getting a gum graft, your dentist will evaluate your smile and attempt to treat your gum disease without surgery.”




Milk Teeth Provide Autism Clues

Detailed examination of infants’ teeth has shed new light on the roots and diagnosis of autism.

Key takeaways:

– Scientific research has shown that how infants metabolise two mineral nutrients (zinc and copper) might predict autism.

– Lower levels of copper and zinc in baby teeth have been linked to autism.

– Both autism and ADHD might in the future be revealed in the “growth rings” in baby teeth.

Researchers also plan to use baby teeth to investigate brain metabolism cycles, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related conditions.

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What Happens After Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind for anyone undergoing wisdom teeth removal.

Key takeaways:

– Some swelling, discomfort, and bruising in the area are to be expected.

– You can take painkillers to help with the discomfort, or any other medication prescribed by your dental surgeon.

– Stitches are removed 1 week after surgery, and healing should be complete after 2 weeks.

Your dentist will let you know about the best ways of speeding up the recovery process while at home.

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6 Teeth Whitening Myths Busted!

Teeth Whitening is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to improve the look of your smile, so it’s a wonder that a lot more people aren’t giving it a try. The reason whitening isn’t as popular as it should be is mainly due to the myths associated with it – so we’re going to break down the top 6 myths associated with teeth whitening, and hopefully dispel any apprehension you may have about this awesome treatment!

1. Teeth Whitening makes your teeth sensitive:

A little bit of sensitivity following a whitening is normal, and can be minimized by your clinician and treated quite easily. This is merely temporary and will disappear after a few hours at most. We only use Philips Zoom products which contain peroxide as well as ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) to remineralise, potassium nitrate to desensitise and sodium fluoride. Some people experience no sensitivity at all, and others a little more. This is also due to the wear and tear on the teeth, and can be made worse by problems such as erosion from diet, hairline cracks or grinding where the enamel has been worn though and the dentine is exposed. Our oral hygienist, Emma King, will block these areas out during the in chair procedure to minimize any chance of sensitivity. Emma also breaks the in chair procedure up into 2 sessions so that its more comfortable for you. You still end up with the same results, it just takes a little longer!

2. Teeth Whitening Damages the Enamel

When the treatment is performed by a dental professional, using the correct materials approved by Dental associations and registered with the Medicine Control Council, there is no risk to your tooth enamel at all. All of the Philips Zoom products are completely stable and don’t need to be refrigerated. They are dual-barelled and have a pH of 8 on application, so if anything they actually help to remineralise the teeth during the whitening process.

3. Whitened Teeth look Unnatural

Teeth whitening is a progressive treatment, so it lightens your teeth by a few shades each time you go. When you do the in chair procedure you will walk out with an amazing result of up to 8 shades whiter but will still need to do about a week of home whitening to ensure the colour holds. The more you can do in combination with your in chair whitening the longer the color lasts and the less often you need to maintain. Results are stunning, but definitely not unnatural. In fact, if you feel that your teeth are getting “too white”, you can stop the treatments. Always bleach for a few days past your desired result, as the colour will dip by a shade or so when you stop the whitening. Each person has a different whitening end point where the teeth stop changing colour. This is also where its important to stop whitening and go onto maintenance of for e.g. 30 minutes wearing the trays per month.

4. Whitened Teeth Stay White

Unfortunately, whitened teeth will continue to stain over time. Tea, coffee, wine and smoking stains teeth whether they have been whitened or not so we recommend cutting down in order to maintain your results. You can also whiten your teeth every few months to refresh and brighten your smile. The amount of maintenance needed depends on the individuals habits and the amount of home whitening that was done initially. The faster you bleach the faster you fall back, which is why there is no such thing as a one off in chair appointment to solve all your whitening problems.

5. Fruit removes stains.

Many people believe that rubbing fruits such as bananas, lemons and strawberries on their teeth will brighten their smiles. The reality is that fruits will do more harm than good, and will cause a number of problems when rubbed on teeth regularly. Fruit acids and sugars will corrode and damage your teeth, making them sensitive and susceptible to cavities.

6. Active Charcoal Whitens Teeth

There is a big difference between whitening products and bleaching products. Whitening products are any products that remove surface stains and give the tooth a whiter, cleaner appearance. this includes activated charcoal, toothpastes and oral hygiene cleaning appointments. Bleaching is where we actually change the internal colour of your teeth using a chemical process with either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. We simply decolourise the attuning molecules in the tooth, so there is no structural change or damage at all.

Activated charcoal is great for maintaining your pearly whites after in chair bleaching or take home bleaching, and removes stains and toxins so it actually helps with the health of the mouth too. We sell a product called Charwhite which is specially made for your teeth and completely natural. It is so fine that its mild enough to use on a daily basis and still won’t cause any damage to your teeth.

For optimal teeth whitening, teaming up with us is the best way to get the results you want. We understand oral health and can put together personalised 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.

For more information or to BOOK A FREE 15 MINUTE WHITENING CONSULTATION submit an enquiry, or contact our practice today.


More Than Aesthetics: The Impacts of an Overbite

Most of us associate overbites with an off-balanced smile and yet, the misalignment of our teeth could potentially lead to other situations which might be a bit more serious. Let’s take a look at why an overbite should always be assessed by your dentist.

– If the upper teeth grind against the lower row, valuable enamel will be lost.

– Jaw pain and similar muscular discomfort can result from an overbite.

– Teeth which cut into the gums can lead to gum disease if the condition is left unchecked.

“Fortunately, correcting an overbite is often something that can be done simply and permanently with orthodontic treatment.”

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Is a Miracle Dental Jab on the Horizon?

It seems that there may be a means to effectively prevent cavities from forming with a potential vaccine. What does this concoction contain?

– One of the main ingredients is a bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans.

– This substance is then combined with E. Coli as well as proteins referred to as flagella.

– These proteins are then used to physically “clean” the teeth as well as to help prevent cavities.

“You will still have to brush their teeth twice a day to avoid a trip to the dentist.”

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Your child’s dental health is more important that you think

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistYour child’s dental health could have a lasting impact on the rest of their life.

Key takeaways:

– Stained teeth or a crooked smile can negatively affect your child’s self-esteem, so make sure your child’s smile is something they are proud of.

– Establishing a good oral care routine in childhood ensures your child has healthy teeth for life.

– Try to treat checkups at the dentist as a fun and rewarding experience rather than something to dread.

“By encouraging effective brushing habits at home, you can help your child grow their confidence in their smile.”

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Take Better Care Of Your Teeth!

Brushing twice a day is not enough anymore when your aim is to keep your teeth in perfect condition. We all want our teeth to last us a lifetime, but the sad truth is that not all of us are committed to strict oral hygiene practices.

Emergency dental services

OptiSmile is a state of the art dental practice based in Cape Town. We are not only dedicated to providing a wide array of quality dental services in the Sea Point area, but we are also committed to helping our patients by giving them the best advice possible.

We focus on providing you with the dental care that you need, rather than leaving you feeling as though you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.

Emergency contact:

Accidents can happen at any time. Give us a call on 087 7026886 or WhatsApp Dr Yudelman directly on 071 3374807

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Back to taking care of your teeth

Your lifetime commitment to healthy teeth begins the moment you read our reasons why you should make your teeth a priority.

Ageing Gums

As you get older, the chances of getting gum disease and other related illnesses like bleeding gums can actually result in bone lose and receding gums. Women are particularly at risk of this happening, when between the ages of 30 and 50. Hormonal fluctuations can make women more susceptible to gum disease, which makes having regular dental appointments very important.

Flossing is a big deal

You’d be surprised by the number of people who don’t floss their teeth. One of the biggest reasons why people don’t floss is because they find it time-consuming and somewhat unnecessary. But the truth is, flossing is well worth the time it takes, even if you should find that it is a bit of a struggle. We recommend the Waterpik for easy flossing and healthier gums!

Don’t skip your dental appointments

Speak to just about anyone and you’ll probably find that most people don’t stick to their bi-yearly dental appointments. Life gets busy, sometimes dentists are a bit pricey, and in general, most people simply don’t think it is that important to stick to those appointments. Right now your teeth might be in a great condition, but in the long run, missing appointments can do more harm than you think.

Mouth bacteria can affect your body

Your overall health can be affected by the bacteria in your mouth, especially unhealthy bacteria. The bacteria that cause gum disease can be found in other parts of the body. Gum disease has also been associated with diabetes and cardiovascular problems. It is good to note that gum disease is not the cause of these health problems.

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OptiSmile’s dental clinic in Cape Town aims to help you achieve optimal dental health care. Along with having a 24-hour emergency dental service, we can take care of all of your day to day dental requirements. Contact us to book your appointment.


What is TMJ and How is it Treated?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders cause pain when children chew, speak or yawn. The joint connects the lower jaw to the skull and reaches its adult position during the teenage years.

Key takeaways:

–  A dentist will identify the cause of your child’s TMJ pain before a treatment plan is developed.

– Non-invasive treatments such as a splint can help reduce stress on the joint and reduce teeth grinding.

– A misaligned bite deemed to be causing the TMJ pain may need to be referred to an orthodontist.

“If your child is grinding their teeth, either a TMJ splint or a mouthguard will be needed to help curb the damage. You can also limit hard foods, use warm or cold packs on the affected area, or employ the help of physical therapy or even massage to help stop your child’s TMJ discomfort.”

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Oral Hygiene and the Importance of Taking Care of Your Teeth

Oral hygiene and maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a lot easier than it sounds. With OptiSmile’s expert tips, you’ll never have to worry about bad breath or cavities again.

As we’ve said before, dentists are a lot like doctors. If you’ve got something wrong with your mouth, the sooner you see us, the better off you’ll be. The same holds true for your teeth. While brushing and flossing daily is a good start, there’s more to it than that. We’re here to help you learn more about oral hygiene — what it means, why it matters, and how to keep your teeth in tip-top shape.

The best oral health habits are ones that nourish, strengthen, and enamel the right way. They are also ones you can continue indefinitely as long as you breathe. In this article, we’ve provided you with tips on how to improve your oral health and ensure you preserve that enamel beauty for years to come.

Where do you start with oral hygiene?

It’s of the utmost importance to maintain a healthy mouth. Ask one of our expert Dentists! The health of your gums and teeth is directly linked to the health of your heart and lungs. So it makes sense that keeping your gums and teeth healthy can contribute to good health in more ways than one. Here are three ways in which oral hygiene can make your heart and lungs healthier.

  • Tooth brushing is essential to oral hygiene, and can be done twice a day.
  • Flossing between teeth helps remove plaque.
  • Tobacco is not good for your oral health, so if you smoke, stop.
  • Limit alcoholic drinks; they can cause tooth decay and lead to serious gum disease.
  • It’s also important to visit your dentist often, even if you have no natural teeth or dentures.
  • It’s important to go to the dentist when you suddenly notice a change in your sense of taste or smell.
  • When assisting an elder with their health, be sure to brush and floss their teeth when they are unable to do so on their own.
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The health of your gums and teeth is directly linked to the health of your heart and lungs. So it makes sense that keeping your gums and teeth healthy can contribute to good health in more ways than one.

What are the signs of poor oral hygiene?

Tooth Pain / Toothache

If you notice pain in your tooth, do not ignore it. Pain is not typically something you want to endure, but it’s worth noting that even if you improve the frequency or quality of your cleanings, the pain will persist. Many instances of tooth pain are a result of significant tooth decay. Unfortunately, this type of decay can reach the tooth’s inner nerve and cause a great deal of pain.

Bleeding Gums / Swollen Gums

No one wants to experience oral health issues. If you notice bleeding, swelling, or changes in gum colour, you might have an underlying issue with your mouth. Unfortunately, moderate swelling that lasts is a sign of an irritant beneath the gums.

Alterations to the tongue

If you’re not cleaning your tongue at night, it may be a sign of poor oral hygiene or health changes. Cleaning your tongue nightly is important, but if it’s hard to do so without triggering a gag reflex, try using a tongue scraper. If you notice changes in the colour and texture of your tongue, meet with your dentist.

Growths in your mouth

It’s a scary thing to notice a growth in your mouth. Some people notice it themselves, but others may be pointed out by their dentist. The important thing is to identify and treat the growth as soon as possible. Poor oral hygiene, diet, and other habits can cause these growths. If you see a lump, lesion, sore, or other growth that stays in the same spot for multiple days, talk to your dentist about it.

Deteriorating gums

Neglect oral hygiene for years, and you will find that your gums start wearing away. You will be left with exposed roots of teeth. This is a clear sign that you have significant decay in the mouth. The best way to manage this problem is to get surgery or specialized teeth cleaning.

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When Will The Effects Of Dental Anaesthesia Wear Off?

Here’s what you need to know if you are having a dental procedure that requires anaesthesia.

Key takeaways:

– If you’ve been given Novocaine, you can expect numbness to last for up to 1 hour.

– You may feel the effects for longer than that if you’ve been given other drugs.

– Anesthesia takes longer to wear off if one or more teeth are infected.

The exact timing and effects vary from person to person, so don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about what you can expect in your specific situation.

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A Filling or Root Canal – Which Do I Need?

Some cavities only need a basic filling to repair them whereas others require more comprehensive work known as a root canal filling.

Key takeaways:

– A small cavity that only causes minor sensitivity or pain can usually be fixed with a basic filling.

– For larger, painful cavities where the root of the tooth might be dead, a root canal filling may be required.

It is best to book regular appointments with your dentist to keep teeth and gums clean of plaque and to detect any cavities in the early stages. This will help you to avoid painful complications.

“Your dentist is the best person to evaluate your smile for treatment.”

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Flossing Required After Problem Foods

Certain foods tend to get stuck between the teeth and may require additional flossing. Food debris, left unattended, can lead to a build-up of plaque and, in turn, cause cavities.

Many foods that require a lot of chewing can be problematic but special attention should be paid to your teeth after consuming:

– Caramel or toffee candy and popcorn

– Spinach and broccoli

– Pineapple and mango

Although your dentist may recommend flossing just once a day “these foods may require extra flossing” but the benefits of fruit and vegetables outweigh any inconvenience. A full article on the subject can be read at



Why Your Toddler Should Visit The Orthodontist

Teeth, Health, Smile, Dentist,Dentalhealth, OralhealthParents should take their children to the dentist or orthodontist by their 7th birthday. As baby teeth fall and permanent teeth erupt, its easy for orthodontic issues like bad bites and crowded teeth to develop.

Key points:

– Orthodontic treatment makes it easier to clean teeth, thus enhancing oral hygiene.

– Protect your child’s self-esteem by treating their underbite, crossbite or overbite.

– Early orthodontic treatment will ensure perfect oral health for your child, thus saving you time and money.

Visiting the dentist is also good for preventing cavities and gum disease.

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Could Your Jaw Pain be due to one of These Causes?

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistJaw pain can arise from a multitude of sources. It is important to see your dentist to establish the cause, to ensure the most appropriate form of treatment is administered.

Key takeaways:

– Untreated gum disease, teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can result in jaw pain.

– Jaw pain can also result from some medications, underlying diseases, and sinus pressure due to infection, a cold or allergies.

– Your dentist can ascertain whether your jaw pain is nerve, bone or tissue-related.

“Misalignment of the jaw can also contribute to significant pain.”

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Why Are Wisdom Teeth So Problematic?

Many people experience pain when their wisdom teeth come in, but there’s a reason why these molars are problematic.

Key takeaways:

– Our ancestors needed these “extra” teeth to chew hard roots and tough meats, and their jaws were larger to accommodate the teeth.

– Modern diets don’t require big molars, so when these teeth come in they often do it at an awkward angle.

– The human jaw has evolved and become smaller, so wisdom teeth don’t have room to come in and push other teeth out of place.

– These teeth can easily cause infection along the gumline.

Prevention is key, so get your wisdom teeth checked by your dentist if you notice any discomfort as they come in.

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How to Treat Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and can cause serious enamel erosion. This often results in chipped and discoloured teeth, negatively affecting your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has come along way, and smiles can be restored with minimally invasive dental work down under microscope to ensure the least amount of tooth is removed in the restorative process. Veneers, crowns and composite filling materials can do amazing wonders at giving you your beautiful smile back.
Neutralising the pH in the body and in the mouth is essential to help control the erosion, as is strict control of one’s diet. Chewing xylitol chewing gum helps to stimulate the saliva and neutralize the pH in the mouth.
Make use of toothpastes and gels that contain remineralising and desensitizing ingredients such as fluoride and amorphous calcium phosphate.
Damage to the teeth from acid reflux is worse at night time as you swallow less and produce less saliva.
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Things You Need To Know About Dental Implants

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistDental implants have become a popular solution to missing teeth due to their many advantages. Here are three things you need to know about them.

Key takeaways:

– Implants can be a lifelong investment as long as they are properly cared for.

– Getting an implant fitted is a painless procedure done under local anaesthetic.

– Dental implants have an impressive success rate of 98 percent.

Interested? Visit your dentist to discuss whether implants are a good option for you.

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The Undeniable Link Between a Healthy Diet and Oral Hygiene

Teeth, Health, Smile, DentistWhile a dentist can clean teeth and address any oral issues, patients should also be aware that a healthy mouth revolves around the foods that they consume. What are some of the top recommendations provided by the experts?

– Cheese may help to lower the levels of acidity within the mouth; lessening the chances of tooth decay.

– Drinking plenty of water removes toxins and bacteria.

– Orange juice promotes bone health and is excellent for those who cannot tolerate lactose-based products.

“If you adore dairy products like cheese, this could well be the way to a healthier smile.”

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How to deal with teeth grinding

Do you grind your teeth when anxious, angry or asleep? This is called bruxism. Unfortunately, teeth grinding can cause many dental complications like enamel erosion, cavities, sensitivity and discolouration.

Key points:

– Morning headaches, sore jaw and a grinding sound at night are all symptoms.

– Teeth grinding will erode the teeth, possibly requiring dental implants, root canals and dentures.

– Avoid caffeinated drinks and practice stress-relieving techniques to relax.

Your dentist can provide a device to help treat your bruxism. Book an appointment with your dentist today and have your teeth checked and treated.

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Worried that dental veneers might increase tooth sensitivity?

Veneers are a great option to cover up minor imperfections in teeth. Dentists usually have to remove the enamel to fit the veneers. This is a highly accepted procedure and should not cause concern.

Key takeaways:

– Veneers can correct stained teeth, gaps, alignment, and sensitivity.

– It is normal to experience some temporary sensitivity after receiving the veneers.

– Persistent sensitivity is a sign that the veneers did not bond correctly with your teeth and you should see the dentist.

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How to ease toothache pain before you see the dentist

Toothaches can keep us wide awake at night. Toothaches are caused by infections, broken fillings, loose teeth or receding gums. It’s important to see your dentist immediately when a tooth starts hurting. In the short-term, you can ease the pain with a few home remedies.

Key takeaways:

– Numb the pain by taking painkiller like ibuprofen and place an ice pack on the affected area or drinking peppermint.

– Kill any bacteria present by chewing garlic or rinsing your mouth with mouthwash or warm, salty water.

– Add one drop of thyme to a glass water and use the mixture to rinse your mouth.

See the dentist for further diagnosis and treatment.

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