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Teeth Whitening

The most frequently performed and quickest cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening. This is a simple procedure that begins in the dentist’s chair and can be continued at home by the patient.

These days dentistry is experiencing an increasing demand for dental care that goes beyond the usual cleanings and fillings. TV programs such as Extreme Makeover have fueled the trend today towards cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is done simply to make your teeth and smile look better and function more efficiently.

The most frequently performed and quickest cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening. This is a simple procedure that begins in the dentist’s chair and can be continued at home by the patient.

What Causes Yellow, Stained Teeth?

The most common causes of yellow or dull looking teeth are: normal aging, consumption of coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, the use of antibiotics such as tetracycline, excessive fluoride and nerve degeneration. Even can also cause the teeth to lose their whiteness.

Safe … Effective … Inexpensive … Quick

Teeth whitening procedures have been around for many years. However, earlier versions often included overly strong chemicals that were difficult to handle. In addition the treatment was often quite costly to administer.

Modern techniques for teeth whitening use a mild, but powerful bleaching gel made from carbamide peroxide. During the in-office technique used by Cape Town SmileStudios the gel is placed directly onto the teeth that need whitening. A special plasma light is then used to activate the release of the oxygen into the tooth structure – the chemical process that starts the whitening. As some teeth may be darker than others, some teeth may need more whitening. The technologist that performs the whitening will evaluate this, and adjust the treatment accordingly. Results can usually be seen after the very first application.

Is Teeth Whitening Effective for Everyone?

The whitening process may not be effective for every patient. Patients with periodontal (gum) problems will not benefit from the procedure until the gum disease is under control. Patients seldom experience gum irritation or tooth sensitivity with the in-office technique. However, these symptoms disappear within one to three days after interruption or completion of the treatment.

White fillings and porcelain crowns do not react with the oxygen released by the gel, and will not whiten.

An estimated 95% of all patients can receive teeth whitening with good to spectacular results. Call our office to make an appointment to have your smile looking its brightest.

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