BEAUTY: TRIED & TESTED

Sinel­izwi has her teeth whitened

Fairlady - - CONTENTS - BY SINEL­IZWI NCALUKA

As a caf­feine ad­dict who also en­joys the odd glass of Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, my teeth have be­come a bit stained. I’ve changed tooth­pastes sev­eral times to find one that would make my teeth sparkling white again – turns out tooth­paste has only mild abra­sives; it scrapes your teeth kind-of-clean but doesn’t make much of an im­pact in terms of whiten­ing.

So I de­cided to have them whitened at The Cos­metic and Den­tal Em­po­rium in Cape Town. The pro­ce­dure takes about two hours. ‘Once the hy­droper­ox­ide [a highly con­cen­trated bleach­ing agent] is ap­plied, it takes three 15-minute ses­sions, depend­ing on how much of the sen­si­tiv­ity build-up you can bear,’ says den­tal sur­geon and aes­thetic den­tistry spe­cial­ist Dr Wim de Beer.

The bleach­ing ma­te­rial ‘opens up’ your tooth to the bleach, and it stays open for 48 hours. This is what causes the sen­si­tiv­ity, but the use of flu­o­ride tooth­paste ‘closes’ the tooth again and the sen­si­tiv­ity di­min­ishes.

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