100% Natural Tooth Whitening




Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every few years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.


A pearly white smile can be an excellent confidence booster. Yellowing or stained teeth are unpleasant to look at and can negatively affect your overall look. Is a quick, safe and gentle way to restore the natural color of the teeth with NO or minimal discomfort.

With several advantages over comparable whitening systems. First, the bleaching gel does not need to be activated by lasers or heat. This means that no radiation enters the body. Instead, we use an LED light toward the teeth and expedites whitening. All of the key “smile” teeth will be bleached in a uniform way, without creating hypersensitive lips, gums or soft tissue. Our gel is much more viscous which prevents tooth dehydration, and creates longer lasting results.

What causes discoloration of teeth?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During the formation of teeth, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from Teeth Whitening?
Almost anyone. However, teeth whitening may not be as effective for some as it is for others. We can determine if you are a viable candidate for  Teeth Whitening through a thorough oral exam, including a teeth shade assessment.

Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people whiten their teeth than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone.

Is Whitening safe?
Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, it is the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.

How long do the results last?
By following some simple post teeth whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.

Is there any difference between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and
our Teeth Whitening?

Yes! Consulting your dental professional is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely.  Plus, over-the-counter teeth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades. Only a dentist can get your teeth this white, this fast.

How does the Teeth Whitening In-Office System work?
The LED activated teeth whitening gel's active ingredient is FOOD GRADE 17% Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.

Are there any side effects to Teeth Whitening?
With OUR system, rarely people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within one day after completion of the teeth whitening treatment.

How long does In-Office Whitening take?
The complete teeth whitening procedure takes just over one hour. The teeth whitening begins with a preparation period followed by 60 minutes of whitening. A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Teeth Whitening session.

The best candidates for the whitening procedure have strong, healthy teeth and gums. If gum disease is an issue, this needs to be treated prior to the gel application.

It can effectively alleviate the following problems:

1. Staining caused by tobacco use.
2. Staining caused by strong foods and drinks.
3. Yellowing teeth caused by aging.
4. Greying teeth (usually hereditary).
5. Organic staining.

What preparation is necessary before the treatment?

To elicit the best results a thorough cleaning is recommended prior to the treatment, to rid the teeth of plaque, tartar and rotting food particles. The dentist will always thoroughly examine the teeth while performing the cleaning to check for any fractures, inflammation or decay. Photographs might also be taken of the teeth prior to the bleaching procedure. This makes “before and after” comparisons more evident.

What does BriteSmile® treatment involve?

1. A retractor is placed inside the mouth to fully expose the teeth.
2. We apply oil to the gums.
3. The gel and blue light are applied to the teeth for twenty minutes x 3.
4. The dentist checks whitening progress.
5. The gel is removed and then more gel is applied for another twenty minutes.
6. The gel is again removed and then more gel is applied for an additional twenty minutes.
7. The retractors are removed when the final gel application is complete.
8. The mouth is rinsed and the new tooth color is measured immediately.

The teeth may look incredibly white immediately after treatment due to mild dehydration. The actual color of teeth will become apparent when the teeth have had 48 hours to rehydrate.

Can you guarantee my teeth will whiten ?
The Teeth Whitening procedure is guaranteed by THE HOME OF BIOLOGICAL DENTISTRY to make tooth enamel go lighter. This will be thoroughly documented by use of accurate and standardised shade guide tabs. These shade guide tabs are used before and after the procedure so that you can see the results and the number of shades your teeth have improved. Often we are able to achieve a level of whiteness that is as bright as those shades on the far left side of the shade guide.

In clinical studies, over 50% of patients reached B1* or better** in just 60 minutes. This testing was conducted among patients with starting with shades that were 8 shades or more darker than shade B1 using three, 20 minutes sessions.

(*B1 is the name of the lightest natural tooth shade on the Vitapan® shade guide. The shade guide shown above is used to measure and photograph your 'before' and 'after' shades )(**Data on file. Measured by Vitapan® Classical Shade Guide arranged in Value order. Vita is a registered trademark of Vita Fahnfabrik, H. Rauter GmbH & KG.)

If you experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth,  it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and be encouraged to visit us regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

If you have any questions or concerns about whitening treatments, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at Tel. +27 12346 2028 / +27 12346 5615 or +27741260768, alternatively e-mail us at info@southafricadentist.com. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.