5 Ways to Whiten Your Teeth Quickly

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 veneers

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. 


Dentist in Kloof

Just 20 minutes away from Kloof lies a world class dental office. The Silver Oaks Dental Clinic truly offers the best in dentistry today, along with outstanding patient service. This option for a dentist in Kloof offers everything from basic dental fillings to advanced cosmetic dentistry options such as Dental Implants and Veneers. The following details are what you can expect from the Silver Oaks as an option for a dentist in Kloof. Dr Richard Huson spent over 20 years in the Harley Street Region of London and has become the go to dentist when it comes to dental implants and dental veneers. He has placed in excess 500 implants and 1000 veneers all with excellent results. Click here to view our smile gallery: http://www.silveroaksdentalclinic.co.za/index.php/smile-gallery

General Dentistry

Choosing Silver Oaks for your choice as a dentist in Kloof will provide you access to the highest quality in dentistry using only the best materials that are of European standards. You won’t have any reworking on your teeth in the long term. Furthermore, we endeavour to make our patients experience as seamless, comfortable and painless as possible. To do this, we offer a choice of anaesthetic options from nitrous oxide happy gas to conscious sedation or full out general anaesthesia. We will discuss during your consult, which option would best suit you.

Cosmetic Dentistry - changing the look of your teeth

If you have generally healthy teeth and just need to perfect your teeth and improve your confidence then our option for a dentist in Kloof is just the right fit for you. Payment plans can be arranged for various cosmetic dentistry treatments. It must be noted that cosmetic improvements to the teeth are not covered by dental plans. The most basic lift you can do for your smile would be to whiten your teeth. This gives the added bonus of youth and good hygiene. Our approach to teeth whitening is a blend of at home bleaching with an in office laser treatment. During the treatment, patients will be given custom fit trays which can be used later on to maintain this newly found brightness.

Veneers are another way to change up the look of your teeth. It allows you to straighten and whiten your teeth in one go. Unlike braces that take over 2 years. Veneers can straighten and whiten your teeth in just 2 or 3 appointments over a two week period. Essentially, veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached to the front of your tooth. They improve the appearance because they can be shaped and coloured to give the desired outcome. With dental veneers, gaps and discoloured teeth among other issues can be instantly solved. Porcelain veneers do not stain, so with regard to discoloured teeth, the colouring will remain for its lifespan. It takes just 2 visits to the Silver Oaks option for a dentist in Kloof to fit the veneers, with a follow up visit for a check-up. Click here to learn more about veneers:http://www.silveroaksdentalclinic.co.za/index.php/dental-treatments/veneers

Fixing up problematic teeth

The first solution for fixing problematic teeth at our dentist in Kloof would be the Inman Aligner braces. They are clear when worn and removable so that you can attend that important event or meeting without any thing on your teeth.  They are used for cases where teeth are not overly in need of orthodontic intervention. The Inman Aligner/Clear Aligner is patented and has a case history of straightening teeth between 10 to 16 weeks depending on the severity of the case. The second solution for fixing problematic teeth from the Silver Oaks option for a dentist in Kloof are dental crowns.

Now whereas veneers are placed over the front of the tooth, crowns are placed around the tooth. Dental Crowns are turned to when a patient has lost much of their tooth. This could be due to decay or trauma. The role of the dental crown is to fill up this space and give structure back to the tooth. They do add an aesthetic improvement but they do serve a functional value as well. Dental crowns are milled in-office at Silver Oaks. This means that you could leave with your newly fitted crown in a single visit. Overseas visitors taking advantage of the affordable dental rates at our practice are well suited to our one day cosmetic dentistry services. The third solution does not relate to problematic teeth but when there is no tooth or teeth at all. If you have lost one or all teeth, then all hope is not lost.

Dental implants are your saviour at the Silver Oaks option for a dentist in Kloof. Dr Richard Huson is a specialist when it comes to Implantology. Besides his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch he has a certificate in Implantology from the University of Cambridge. Dental implants give you back a permanent tooth, negating the need for ill-fitting dentures, but also serves to keep your facial features intact. The earlier they are fitted once the loss of teeth has occurred, results in lesser loss of bone since the implant helps with the jaw bone not shrinking further. Dental implants are the most extreme dental treatment one can have done. Not everybody will qualify and our dentist will have to do a thorough evaluation to ensure that you meet the criteria. If the go ahead has been given, then your treatment plan and quote will be laid out to you. Implants take the course of several months to complete. A damaged tooth may have to be removed and the area healed before the implant can be inserted. The dental implant is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. It takes a couple of months for the implant to become a firm fixture in the bone. Since the implant is well into the bone, an abutment (which is just an extender piece to the implant), will then be attached. The replacement ‘tooth’ is then attached to the abutment. The replacement is simply a dental crown which is manufactured according to detailed instructions at our clinic. It is a long process to get implants but much of the time is for healing. As with all cosmetic dental procedures, but more especially with the permanence of this treatment, you must ensure to choose a dentist with the relevant training and experience for the best possible outcome which is what you should expect to receive at the Silver Oaks option for a dentist in Kloof.

Click here to view more details about dental implants: http://www.silveroaksdentalclinic.co.za/index.php/dental-treatments/dental-implants

Protecting your teeth

Using the Silver Oaks option for dentist in Kloof allows you access to getting Max mouth guards. We sponsor the South African Rugby team and the Sharks Rugby team with Mouth Guards. Mouth guards are essential in any contact sport to protect your teeth along with lessening facial trauma. Unfortunately this is only achieved with a guard that has a proper fit over the teeth. This is what the Max mouth guard serves to do. Silver Oaks is one of the few dentists that offers fitting for the Max mouth guard. The design allows for a custom fit and layers of protection with virtually no interference to your breathing or speech.