And to celebrate summer, we are offering a 20% discount on teeth whitening procedures until the end of the year.
How Does one do Teeth Whitening ?
Teeth whitening can be using take home trays, in-office bleaching or with a dental laser. Take home trays have their limitations and are not as effective as in office teeth whitening. In-office bleaching uses powerful agents that can cause sensitivity. The latest technology incorporates dental lasers which are more effective and less time consuming. Joburg Dental offers professional in-chair laser teeth whitening six days a week.
What Can You Expect From A Teeth Whitening Session?
Assessment and examination
Before your teeth can be whitened Dr Chandran will need to inspect your mouth and the condition of your teeth. He will check for signs of receding gums and make sure you do not have any cavities. You will chat to him about your teeth and what your desired shade of white is. He will advise you on the steps to take to achieve your goal.
Before any teeth can be bleached, they need to be cleaned professionally if there is plaque or stains. If you have any cavities, these will need to be filled before you can go ahead with a whitening treatment. Dr Chandran will polish your teeth before proceeding with teeth whitening for optimal results.
The Teeth whitening procedure
Dr Chandran will protect your gums and soft tissue with a barrier, so they are not in contact with the bleaching solution. Once he is satisfied that the soft tissue is not exposed he will apply the whitening solution to your teeth. Then he activates the whitening solution with a laser.
All whitening works in the same way – namely that oxygen ions are released to lift stains from the teeth. The laser speeds up this process which means a shorter time in the chair and fewer sessions. Laser whitening does have an advantage, in that individual teeth can be given different time periods under the laser so they ultimately all result with the same colour. This is really useful if your teeth are different shades at the beginning of the treatment.
Why Do Our Teeth Change Colour?
Yellowing of our teeth is actually a natural part of the ageing process and takes place when the dentin inside the teeth becomes visible through the thin enamel. This is not the same as having surface stains from tobacco products, caffeinated drinks or red wine, although these can be removed professionally as well.
This also means that your newly whitened smile will not stay that white forever and you may need follow up treatments after six to 12 months following your first whitening.
If you are a smoker or if you consume lots of tea, coffee or red wine, you may want to cut back to keep your pearly whites in good condition for longer.
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