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BLEACHING AND TOOTH WHITENING

Whitening can help to restore the natural colour of your teeth.

Zoom teeth whitening

Dr Steyn uses Philips Zoom! at home tooth whitening products.

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Why Choose Zoom?

Philips Zoom is the #1 requested professional whitening brand.
The take-home gels have a pH booster, meaning its completely safe for your teeth. All gels contain amorphous calcium phosphate, sodium fluoride and potassium nitrate to help remineralize and desensitize the teeth during the bleaching process. The active bleaching ingredient for the take-home ampoules may contain either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide.

Our bleaching products are only dispensed through qualified and trained dental clinicians, ensuring the best professional advice and results every time.

We always advise patients to combine all bleaching options with professional and customized trays to increase the longevity of the bleaching result, and enable easy maintenance in as little as 30 minutes per month at home.

Always consult your dental professional for any of your teeth whitening needs.

What is Bleaching / Tooth whitening? 

Tooth whitening, or dental bleaching, is becoming more and more commonplace in cosmetic dentistry. As we grow older, our teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the teeth, as well as staining by bacterial pigments; certain foods; the consumption of dark beverages like coffee, tea and red wine; and tobacco. 

Whitening can help to restore the natural colour of your teeth. Methods used include brushing, bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, laser bleaching and natural bleaching. 

How does professional teeth whitening work? Is it safe? 

This is a conservative method of lightening and brightening your smile, however, a common side effect can be temporary tooth sensitivity. Soft tissue irritation may occur if gums, lips and the tongue come into contact with the solution, and this should be avoided. 

Over-use of teeth whitening products may erode the outer layer of enamel, exposing the dentin. This will cause sensitivity to hot and cold. 

Can I whiten my teeth during pregnancy? 

While there is no direct evidence that the procedure is dangerous to unborn babies, it is a cosmetic procedure, and therefore not necessary. It is better to wait until after the baby is born. Consult your dentist. 

Can I whiten only some of my teeth? 

It may be necessary to lighten only your upper teeth: it depends on how visible your teeth are when you talk or smile. Individual teeth can also be bleached. 

How is it done? 

An at-home whitener may be prescribed: An impression is made in order to make a “mouthguard” tray. This tray, containing a whitening gel, is put on the teeth each night for up to 30 minutes for about a fortnight (this may vary depending on the amount of staining). The hydrogen peroxide penetrates the structure of the enamel, and then bleaches the stain deposits on the dentin.

How long does whitening last? 

The effect of bleaching can last for several months, but the patient’s lifestyle will affect the efficiency of the process. 

How can I whiten my dentures? 

Dentures can be whitened using special dental whitening preparations. 

I have crowns/bridges/veneers. Can I whiten them? 

Whitening is only effective on natural teeth, and will not affect other dental work. Bear this in mind if you decide to whiten your teeth, as the difference between the natural teeth and the dental work can be noticeable. 

When should I not whiten my teeth? 

If you suffer from cavities and gum disease, it is not recommended to whiten your teeth. Children under the age of 16 should not whiten their teeth. Pregnant women should wait until the baby is born. Consult your dentist. If you have had a root canal, the tooth whitening solution may not have a noticeable effect on the tooth as the discolouration comes from deep within and continually trying to whiten such a tooth may cause damage to the enamel. In this case your dentist can do internal bleaching of the affected tooth. 

My teeth are very stained. What other options are there? 

Bonding, the application of a composite material to the front of your teeth, which is then cured with a blue light, may be an option. Veneers can also be used to hide stained and darkened teeth.