Teeth Whitening & Bleaching: What You Need to Know

A popular service at our practice in Durban, teeth whitening is a procedure that helps to remove stains, giving you an enhanced if not transformed smile. Numerous factors affect the colour of your teeth. Over the years, drinks such as tea, coffee, soda and red wine can all change your tooth colour/shade. Other factors include certain medications, injury to tooth structure, build-up of tartar and even the natural effects of aging.

If you would like to restore your teeth to a natural looking white, teeth whitening in Gateway Dental offers the very best way to improve the colour of your teeth.

Why Book Teeth Whitening in Durban?

While Hollywood stars and commercial models always seem to have perfectly white teeth, not everyone is born this way. For most people, tooth colour changes over the years. Everyday eating and drinking, hormones, selected medications and even antibiotics can all affect the colour of your teeth. But even if you do your best to keep your smile stain free, discolouration is often a typical sign of aging. The good news is your confidence doesn’t need to be affected by discoloured teeth.

Teeth whitening is cost-effective, efficient way to reverse the signs of tooth discolouration, boosting your confidence at the same time. Here at Gateway Dental we offer a globally renowned product called Opalescence that offers outstanding results to our Durban tooth whitening patients. Some of the benefits that can be enjoyed by this procedure include:

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Youthful looking appearance
  • Enhanced smile for a special event, such as wedding or interview
  • Reverse the signs of everyday wear and tear
  • Brighten up your smile

Products such as the Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are only available from your dentist. You will be supervised throughout your treatment. This product is safe to use, without any risk of gum damage. Many formulas include Potassium Fluoride (PF), which works to decrease sensitivity.

At Gateway Dental, we offer a few options to whiten your teeth. You can opt for an in-practice session that gives you almost instant results, with teeth up to nine shades lighter and a long-lasting appearance. You can also opt for the Take Home Whitening Gels that are given to you along with custom trays made from your teeth impression/mould. The results of this treatment last between one and two weeks. But can last longer if use of the custom made trays is prolonged. You can also opt for a combination of in-practice and take home kits to maintain your treatments.

Wondering what to expect? It’s a lot simpler than you think…

Usually, a cleaning is done prior to the bleaching procedure. On the first appointment, impressions or moulds of your lower and upper teeth will be taken. On the second appointment, you will be given teeth bleaching trays, along with a bleaching kit and instructions on how to get started. Certain factors such as crowns , white fillings, in the smile/ aesthetic region can influence treatment. It is important to have a consult done prior to commencing the bleaching procedure as well as noting that individual results will vary.

To learn more about pricing or to make a booking today, simply contact our dental practice to get started with teeth whitening in Durban and surrounds.