Teeth whitening done by an Oral Hygienist VS. Beauty Therapist. This is what you need to know…

teeth whitening

According to the HPCSA (Health Professions council of South Africa) only a qualified Dentist, Dental Therapist and Oral hygienist are legally allowed to carry out teeth whitening procedures. Dental professionals train for many years to understand the structures of the mouth, to recognise dental disease and to prescribe the correct treatment for each individual patient.

The ingredients in the whitening gels used in-office, could cause side effects/damage to the teeth and gums, if not applied correctly. Beauticians are not trained to provide correct treatment and information, should there be any side effects or other dental problems (Sensitive teeth, Bleeding gums, plaque build-up, brown stains, holes etc.) These factors can all have a negative effect on the whitening results, leading to disappointment.

Please take note, not all patients and certain teeth will be good candidates for a whitening treatment. A medical and dental assessment must first be done by a qualified dental professional.

Whitening does not give permanent results and stains will come back. If you smoke or consume a lot of foods and drinks that stain i.e. Black tea and coffee; curries; etc. the whiteness will fade sooner. Whitening treatment can be repeated every 12 months.

Maintenance can include custom-made trays with take home whitening gels, whitening pen and toothpaste. Most over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and products will only remove stains on the surface of your teeth and not whiten them.



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Make it worth your while and whiten your smile

Discuss your whitening schedule and the products that would work best for you with your dentist or Oral Hygienist.

Contact Dr Kearney Advanced Dentistry for professional service you can trust.

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