FAQ's

Q. How much does a whitening kit / whitening session cost and how does it work? 

Our Self-administered Teeth Whitening kit includes a booster whitening session under a professional LED lamp and costs R650.00. Our whitening kits are exclusively available at Brilliant Smile Bars.  A Booster Whitening Session / Treatment at a Smile Bar consists of: One whitening gel application and 15-30 minutes under the provided professional LED lamp, a short break & rinse and then another fresh whitening gel application and another 15-30 minutes under the provided professional LED lamp. Your kit also includes a 4ml Whitening Gel Pen which you can use at home to further whiten your teeth for optimal whitening results, use for no longer than 7 days after your Booster Session (20-30 minutes a day). 

Q. How do I book a Brilliant Smile?

Simply book a Teeth Whitening Kit / Booster Whitening Session at a Brilliant Smile Bar nearest to you.

Q. How white will my teeth go at the end of the treatment?

On average you should go 2 to 8 shades whiter. Most people get significantly whiter teeth from teeth whitening. In general if your teeth are yellow, it will be easier to make them whiter. Grey teeth are harder to whiten. Your teeth can only be whitened to their genetic natural whiteness, so it depends on the mineral content contained within your teeth and results can therefore vary between individuals. Mineral content depletes with age and mineral content can also be affected by Tetracycline (antibiotics which you may have taken as a child), therefore, a very small percentage of the population has difficulty obtaining whiter teeth for various reasons. 
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Q. Are the results permanent?

Results typically last 4 to 12 months. Please note that teeth will always stain due to lifestyle, wear and tear and aging. Most clients come back once every 4-12 months for a touch-up.

Q. How soon will I see results?

Immediately! There is no waiting around for 2 or 3 weeks to see the results such as with overnight trays. As soon as you are finished with your booster teeth whitening session your teeth should have on average reached 2 to 8 shades whiter.

Q. Do many people whiten their teeth?

Yes, more than you would imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a very big difference to a person’s confidence and self esteem. Studies have shown that people with whiter teeth smile more readily and tend to make more eye contact whilst engaged in conversation.
Typically, people will not immediately note that your teeth have been whitened, but they will think to themselves that you are looking very healthy, without putting their finger on why this is the case! Very popular across all age groups from 14 years to 80 . People who have just given up smoking, wedding groups, about to go for that all important interview the list is endless to why this is such a popular and safe treatment with great demand in the market place.

Q. Is teeth whitening classified as dentistry?

In 2012 on the 31st of October EU law was changed to class teeth whitening as a cosmetic procedure.

Q. Is the treatment painful?

No! Our Non-Peroxide Whitening Gel is not known to cause teeth sensitivity. 

Q. What are the aftercare steps?

After teeth whitening treatment, it takes about 24-48 hours for the pores / tunnels to fully close and during this time people need to adhere to the white diet because the tubules are still open and additives and colouring can stain the teeth. So no coffee, cigarettes, red wine, sauces coloured mouthwash or colour toothpaste.  

Q. Is the process harmful to teeth?

No! The effect on teeth is no different to the effect from commonly ingested foods or regular dental procedures. 

Q. Will the gel whiten crowns, veneers or false teeth?

No. The teeth whitening process will only remove intrinsic staining from natural teeth. However, the gel will help remove all extrinsic staining from teeth, including false teeth. This means that your false teeth will be ‘cleaned’ back to their original colour.
If you are planning to have a crown, bridge, filling or false tooth, it is recommended that you first have your teeth whitened. Your dentist will then be able to match the shade of the false tooth to your new colour..

Q. What causes staining on teeth?

Food and drinks can greatly influence the colour of your teeth. There are foods and beverages that make your teeth darker, the worst offenders being red wine, cigarettes, soft drinks, citrus, coffee & tea, curries, soy sauce and berries. (It is recommended to avoid the above staining agents for the first 24 hours after treatment to maximise whitening results).  

Q. Is there anyone who can not whiten their teeth?

Whitening is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, children under the age of 14 and teeth that is in poor health.