5 Ways To Whiten and Brighten Your Smile
There are several misleading articles written by people who are not professional dentists and have NOT spent years studying and understanding the science behind whitening and brightening a person's smile. Several articles about oil pulling, tumeric, baking powder and apple cider vinegar are false and misleading. They can erode your enamel which will damage your teeth in the long term. There are many incidents were people who use these products have ruined their gums and teeth and entered the emergency room's of their dentists only to be told that they have damaged their teeth in the long term. By following the 5 ways to whiten and brighten your teeth you will not only save time but it will also save you money in the long term.
Do Not Eat Teeth Staining Foods
The first tip to maintain a healthy white smile is to not eat food that stains your teeth such as curry, red wine, coffe/tea and smoke cigarettes. Prevention is better than cure.
Brush, Mouth Rinse and Floss Your Teeth Twice A Day
We are all about preventive dentistry. Maintaining a healthy smile in the long term is extremely important as it can save you alot of time and money. Brush and floss daily and visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning. Mouth rinsing is also very important to do daily. Use a non alcoholic mouthwash such as Colgate or Listerine's non alcoholic mouthwash.
Eat Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth
Milk, yoghurt and cheese can help you maintain a healthy smile due to the calcium and vitamin D properties. It is important to eat such dairy. Chat to your dentist should you be lactose intolerent and he can advise further. You know what they say an apple a day keeps the dentist away. Apples are like a toothbrush, chewing and biting into an apple can reduce cavity causing bacteria and increase saliva flow. Apples can gently remove plaque trapped between teeth.
Use Carbamide Peroxide ( A Whitening Agent)
Carbamide is both safe and effective to use rather than hydrogen peroxide. It lessens teeth sensitivity and is safe and will not erode your enamel. Speak to your dentist about designing a teeth whitening package that will achieve a bright smile for you. Whitening agent's if used under the supervison of the dentist will not only brighten your smile but drastically improve your confidence and quaity of life.
Visit Your Dentist Twice Yearly
The dentist is your teeth's best friend. I mean that literally!!! Getting your teeth checked and cleaned twice yearly can make your teeth much more brighterand any concerns can be addressed before it's too late and decay has occured. You will end up spending alot more if your teeth are not maintained.
Lastly, it is wise to note that most of us are not born with perfect teeth. There are many modern cosmetic dental procedures in 2019 that can enhance and brighten your smile. Chat to your dentist and he might be able to straighten your teeth quickly without braces or replace missing teeth permanently with dental implants.
Below is a recent patient that under went a cosmetic dental procedure to whiten and brighten her smile.
Tuscany approached Silver Oaks Dental Clinic after researching for several months over the internet on smile makeover options. She decided to get a smile make over to improve her confidence as she spoke face to face with many customers on a daily basis.
Dr Huson's solution for her teeth included a combination of our famous teeth whitening treatment, crown lengthening and dental veneers.
In order to show a more prominent smile Tuscany had crown lengthening done. Teeth whitening and dental veneers removed her stained teeth and brightened up her beautiful smile.
The first time that Tuscany stepped into our offices she was greeted by our caring practice manager's Sarah and Marge. Dr Huson and his assistant Christina analysed her smile and discussed possible options with Tuscany regarding her desired look. Dr Huson then went onto providing her with a bespoke treatment plan and quote. Tuscany booked in a study consult with Dr Huson to discuss her treatment plan and using the latest technology in Digital Smile Design Dr Huson showed her various after pictures of what her potential teeth could look like on a computer.
On the next appointment teeth cleaning and teeth whitening were carried out first by our thorough and accurate oral hygienist Maggy. Dr Huson prepared Tuscany's teeth for dental veneers. Guided templates and stents were used to ensure that the absolute minimal enamel were removed from Tuscany's tooth surface. (Often as little as 0.1 millimeters or often none at all). Dr Huson then shaped the teeth in preparation for the dental veneers. Before trimming of the enamel Dr Huson discussed the various pain free options with her. Dr Huson then made a model or impression of Tuscany's teeth.
The model was then sent to our onsite lab technicians, who custom made the dental veneers. After a few days Tuscany came back to get the veneers fitted. In the meantime, Dr Huson gave her temporary veneers. These temporary dental veneers match the planned final dental veneers. The reason why we do this is so you can see if you like the fit and feel and ask family and friends for their opinions on the aesthetics of your teeth.
Tuscany came in again to our clinic where bonding was carried out before the dental veneers were permanently cemented to her teeth, Dr Huson temporarily placed the veneers so that Tuscany could examine the fit and color. Slight adjustments were made at this stage because we have an onsite lab. Next, Dr Huson prepared the teeth to receive the veneers, the teeth were cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the teeth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement was applied to the veneer and the veneer was then placed on Tuscany's tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, Dr Huson applied a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involved removing any excess cement, evaluating Tuscany's bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Tuscany then came in for a checkup to see if the veneers had taken to her teeth.
Tuscany was extremely happy with the outcome. Her treatment gave her a more trendy, youthful appearance similar to celebrities like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. We are so grateful to have been a part of her journey and feel honoured to be helping people change their lives and improve their quality of life.
Dental veneers start from R5500 per tooth and can go up to R8500 per tooth. Call us on 031 202 6584 to book your appointment.