You can have the perfect smile

When we talk about the perfect smile, we are referring to a beautiful smile that lights up a room and transforms your face. Sometimes we have small imperfections that prevent us from having the smile we desire. Your teeth aren’t the only problem, it’s the full package; it could be as a result of staining from coffee or teeth that are not uniform. Whatever it is, it can most likely be corrected.

There are minor and major procedures and treatments you can get from the dentist’s office that will elevate your smile. When you have a better smile, you feel more confident and people will notice it. Confidence goes a long way in your social and professional life. You become less shy and self-conscious which helps you focus on becoming the best you in all aspects of your life.

Self-care is critical in maintaining the perfect smile

It is important to take care of yourself in every way. Some things may seem like fun initially but can cause you more harm. Dangerous behaviour should be avoided and high-risk sports should be practised with caution and the right sports gear. You only get your adult teeth once. Safety comes first during physical activities to avoid knocking out or chipping your teeth.

In the long run, healthy teeth will lead to the best smile. You should never be in a position where you have neglected to care for your teeth and overall oral health. Ensure that you are using the best toothbrush, floss and toothpaste for you. Take time out to clean your teeth properly and have an in-office deep clean to avoid gum diseases and to treat any minor complications before they worsen.

Possible procedures to develop the perfect smile:

Maintaining a perfect smile is a health essential, but often a cosmetic enhancement makes a world of a difference. Dr JJ Serfontein is an expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry, from teeth whitening to full mouth makeovers, whatever you need, he is the best in this area. You can relax knowing that you are getting state of the art medical care available.  

Teeth whitening and gum contouring

Brightening up your smile can make such a huge difference to how you look. You look cleaner and healthier. While gum contouring shapes your gums to fit your teeth structure, this results in a less gummy smile.

Veneers can make a big difference

Dental veneers are very popular because people are slowly realising that their teeth could look better. With veneers, you can change the shape of your teeth to match your facial structure and features much better.

Smile makeover

A smile makeover this the ultimate improvement to your smile. It is a journey to a perfect smile specially designed for you. It is the process of improving the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Tooth Decay

Dental advancements for treating tooth decay

Over the last century effectively treating tooth decay has often required removing any decayed structure by drilling and then filling the remaining cavity. This method is an extremely invasive way to teeth tooth decay. While this approach does save teeth that might otherwise be lost, it can also result in a fair amount of healthy structure removed in the process. Thanks to new advances in dentistry, there are now less invasive approaches for tooth decay treatment.

It is best to preserve as much of the healthy portions of the tooth as possible. This new way is often referred to as minimally invasive dentistry. The solutions are digital and laser options instead of traditional methods of dental restoration and treatment. The primary goal of minimally invasive dental treatment is to intercept and treat decay as early as possible to minimize tooth damage.

It begins with helping patients identify their own individual risk factors for decay such as the presence of disease-causing bacteria, the adequacy of their saliva flow, or their lifestyle and dietary habits. We then recommend changes or preventive measures to reduce those risks.

The next step in minimally invasive dentistry is using various diagnostic technologies to find decay as early as possible.

The role of technology in treating tooth decay

Digital X-rays continue to play a major role; digital x-rays are a more advanced form of x-ray that enables your dentist to have a clearer 3D view of all your teeth and your jaw. Dr JJ Serfontein also uses dental microscopy to magnify the earliest forms of decay. In some cases, laser fluorescence, infrared photography and optical scanning are utilised to further detect tooth decay that would otherwise be difficult to detect with the naked eye.

In regard to treatments, minimally invasive dentistry adopts the ‘less is more’, ‘prevention is better the cure’ approach. If caught early enough, we can encourage the re-mineralization of your natural tooth enamel that acid has eroded. Many dentists now turn to air abrasion instead of the dental drill for decay removal; the equipment that emits a fine stream of abrasive particles that harms the less healthy structure than a drill would.

And if lasers continue to develop at their current pace, we will be able to use dental technology to perform more precise decay treatments than we can with manual instruments. As a result, there will be less tooth structure loss and more attractive and healthy smiles. If you would like more information on the latest techniques for treating tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr JJ Serfontein.

cosmetic treatments

Maintaining Cosmetic Treatments

Your guide to maintaining your cosmetic treatment

Cosmetic treatments have become so popular and accessible to the general public. Whether you have had a full smile makeover or a few dental crowns, your treatment needs to be maintained in the same way as your natural teeth. What happens when your veneers chip or your crown shifts for some reason. When you go for your bi-annual checkup your dentist will look out for any changes that need to be fixed.

Routine maintenance includes a variety of diagnostic procedures and treatments designed to maintain the health of the teeth, gums and mouth. These procedures include checkups, dental cleanings, examinations, oral cancer screenings and diagnostic x-rays. Your dentist is able to identify things like small chips that could lead to infections among other arising complications that you can not see.

Avoiding teeth staining

If you are not careful, you risk staining your teeth. Dr Serfontein does not just perform cosmetic treatments, he guides you through the maintenance needed thereafter. Cosmetic treatments like veneers, dental crowns and porcelain resin fillings can get stained from coffee, tea and some everyday foods but Dr Serfontein will give you an idea of how long you will need to avoid these beverages and foods.

It only takes 24hours for the plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into tartar. Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention. At cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.

Treatments to maintain your smile

You have tried the so-called “whitening” kits from the toothpaste aisle. But they do not go far enough. With the Zoom whitening system, we can jump-start your brighter smile. Some people are born with teeth that are more yellow than others. Others have teeth that yellow with age. Your natural tooth colour can also be affected by many factors. We will be able to assess your oral health and recommend the whitening method that’s best for you.

A damaged tooth that still has a healthy foundation can be protected and visually improved with the addition of a crown or overlay. Porcelain crowns, also called caps, are natural-looking covers that fit securely over a compromised tooth to correct breaks, fractures or stains. Gaps in your smile are no laughing matter, as they can lead to the drifting of surrounding teeth. Dental bridges eliminate gaps by literally bridging the space between missing teeth. The finished result is a natural, beautiful smile.



Visit Cape Town for Dental Treatment

Dr J.J. Serfontein specialises in cosmetic dentistry in Cape Town

Dental tourism is a growing industry in South Africa. There is a significant demand for cosmetic dentists especially in the Cape Town area so you will not be the first international patient the dentist has worked helped. Dr J.J. Serfontein has spent a lot of time travelling around the world attending conferences and has an active following on social media. It is essential that you carefully research your dentist and plan your trip abroad ahead of the time of your appointment.

Some of the main concerns associated with getting dental treatment in an unfamiliar country include the possibility of complications after the procedure. These complications can create more expensive medical costs. These problems can arise as a result of improperly trained technicians and dentists who use unsterile tools, incorrect tools, inappropriate materials and just a lack of sufficient regulation in the chosen country. This is not usually the case in South Africa, where dental regulations are stringent and well thought out.

Why Choose Optimal Dentistry?

Dr J.J. Serfontein adheres to the highest international standards and offers phenomenal support for all of his patients. He will give you all the information you may need in case of an emergency. There are plenty of reviews that are publically available for international patients. With his experience in cosmetic dentistry, and there are a lot of before and after images from happy patients.

Reasons you may want to travel to Cape Town

  • Planning is easy – you can book accommodation, flights and tours online.
  • MedicaltourismSA can assist you with all your travel requirements.
  • You get to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world during your stay.
  • Your treatment will cost you significantly less if you are using a stronger currency.
  • Cape Town offers idyllic views, magnificent sunsets, a bustling night-life, spectacular food, exciting safaris, awe-inspiring hiking trails and fantastic wines – everything you need for a wonderful vacation.

The average cost of dental treatments in South Africa will cost up to a 3rd of what a patient will pay in London. For example, loss of flights, three weeks accommodation and a smile makeover adds up to an estimated $55 000. Cape Town is one of the most affordable destinations for premium dentistry. The biggest motivator would be the price you pay for a quality service.

If you have any questions or concerns about receiving dental work in Cape Town, South Africa, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice. We’re happy to address all of your concerns and answer any questions you may have about your procedure or the city.