Just as it is easy to be charmed by a dazzling smile, it is also natural to be repelled by a dull or dingy one. Yet, strangely enough, stained teeth are the most common cause of an unattractive smile. Tooth stains can result from food, drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, smoking or poor oral hygiene. The good news is that the discolouration can be dealt with simply and cost-effectively with our premier Zoom Whitening procedure or a custom-made take-home professional whitening kit.

The Zoom Whitening procedure we offer at Hout Bay Dental Studio is much quicker and more effective, but the home alternative is attractive due to its lower cost.

Why do we need tooth whitening?

Most of us start life with sparkling pearly-white teeth, thanks to the tooth's porcelain-like enamel surface. However, our enamel wears down over the years and becomes more transparent. This transparency permits the yellow colour of dentin – the tooth's core material – to show through, and gives the teeth a darker appearance.

Recent discoveries have found that millions of micro-cracks occur in the tooth enamel when we chew. These cracks and the spaces between the enamel's crystalline structures gradually fill up with stains and debris. The result is that the teeth develop a darker, lacklustre appearance.

Teeth whitening removes the stains and debris, leaving the enamel cracks open and exposed. Saliva quickly re-mineralises some, and others refill with organic waste.

What are your options?

At HBDS, we offer top-of-the-range in-studio whitening products. Currently, two professionally controlled teeth whitening procedures are available to suit your lifestyle and your budget. However, we first need to check which option suits you best. Generally, whitening your teeth is something that you discuss during a check-up with your dentist, who will evaluate whether there is any need for crucial dental work in advance of whitening your teeth. We'll take the type of staining and your level of sensitivity into consideration, together with your comfort zone of affordability.

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In-studio Zoom® tooth whitening

With this professional application, you can achieve significant colour change in as little as an hour. In addition, we love that Zoom Whitening is minimally invasive and doesn't damage the enamel or soft tissues, thus making it safe and effective in a short time. 

The procedure involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel. We apply this on the teeth after protecting the gums with a paint-on barrier. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for 15 to 20 minutes, adding up to an hour at most. If you have particularly stubborn stains, you may need to return for one or more additional bleaching sessions or to continue treatment with a take-home whitening kit. 

Take-home whitening kits


Professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits produce excellent long-term results. These kits incorporate an easy-to-use, lower-concentration peroxide gel that remains on your teeth for an hour or longer, sometimes overnight. The lower the peroxide percentage, the longer it can safely stay on your teeth. 

The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that look like mouth guards. This application is repeated daily for two or more weeks until you achieve the whiteness you desire.

The OPALESENCE home whitening system is the market leader in South Africa. 
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It is normal to experience a slight relapse within the initial day or two after completing your whitening procedure. You'll also notice a gradual deterioration through the routine staining from daily eating and drinking. The degree will depend on what you eat and drink. Still, you can generally manage it using a maintenance programme that might include repeating the use of your trays of whitening gels or whitening toothpaste.

Things to bear in mind

There are some very minor risks and limitations associated with bleaching procedures. Some people may experience:

  • Sensitive teeth
    Some people experience sensitivity during the whitening procedure. It is typically mild and does not last. If the discomfort persists, a mild painkiller will usually take care of it.
  • Gum irritation
    A temporary gum or soft tissue inflammation can occur during your whitening; this is usually the result of some whitening gel contacting your gums. The irritation is generally short-lived and disappears after removing the gel. A mouth rinse can ease the discomfort.
  • Existing fillings and other restorations may not match
    Tooth-coloured fillings, crowns or veneers do not whiten during the procedure. Therefore, you might want to replace some dental restorations if they no longer match the colour of your new, whiter smile.