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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Innovative Dental Technology

Optimal Dentistry – Ahead of the Curve

It’s 2018, and we’ve been in the 21st century for a while – so why would you see a dentist who still uses the same dental technology from 1985? If you’re searching for a dentist in Cape Town who offers innovative procedures like CEREC same-day crowns, soft tissue lasers, intra-oral cameras, and 3D imaging, Optimal Dental is the practice for you. We utilize the safest, most revolutionary techniques that not only improve the oral health of our patients, and also save them time in the process. Find out more about our advanced methods in this post.

What Is CEREC?

CEREC is a revolutionary technology that provides a long-lasting porcelain dental crown in one office visit. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (also known as CE-ramic REC-onstruction).

When you see Dr. Serfontein, he’ll use a digital camera to take a detailed picture of your mouth and the tooth that needs to be repaired. Then, an advanced computer software will convert that picture into the dental crown that’s right for you. At that point, you’ll have your tooth prepared to make it ready for the placement of the CEREC crown. Lastly, an in-office milling unit will create your perfectly designed crown from a single block of porcelain – all right there in Dr. Serfontein’s office, in the very same appointment.

What Is A Soft Tissue Laser?

We use the BioLase soft tissue laser to reduce the bleeding and discomfort that can commonly occur with some procedures like cosmetic gum recontouring, scaling and root planning for gum disease. Traditionally, when using a scalpel and stitches to address problematic gum tissue, the recovery was lengthy and highly uncomfortable. This laser treatment allows Dr. Serfontein to be remarkably specific when treating the gums, making recovery pleasant and fast.

What Are Intra-Oral Cameras Used For?

A picture is worth a thousand words – rather than just describing the problems Dr. Serfontein finds when he examines your mouth, these cameras take a picture of the issues so you can see exactly what he sees. These pictures make a big impact and are key in increasing oral health issues that are better believed when seen.

What Is 3D Imaging?

This state-of-the-art technology helps our team give you the perfect smile you deserve. With a scan that takes just a couple of seconds, our 3D Imaging system creates a complete, high-definition, 3D image of your smile. Since it’s important to have the full picture when creating the smile that’s right for you, there’s no better way than to see the important details than with this digital asset.

So, if you’re ready for dental treatment that’s actually from this century, schedule your appointment with Dr. Serfontein at Optimal Dentistry today – we’ll keep your smile beautiful!

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Clear Aligners: What you need to know

For most people, traditional wire braces are often viewed as awkward and unattractive. They are obviously visible from a distance and require a lot of thorough cleaning to maintain good oral hygiene. Clear aligner treatment is an alternative to braces that slowly move the teeth. They are made up of removable, clear plastic trays which are used to shift teeth in order to fix gaps, crowding and have been used to improve jaw function. Nevertheless, like any other procedure, there are pros and drawbacks if you choose the clear aligner treatment option.

Clear Aligner Pros

Removable

Due to their removable nature, they are deemed more comfortable over braces; the trays are hard plastic trays that can slip on and off a needed. They are usually taken off before meals and for cleaning. Patients must, however, keep in mind the recommended wear time, which is 22 hours out of a full day.  

Invisible

The main advantage of aligner treatment is its aesthetic nature. They are translucent in colour, which means you can work on aligning your teeth without it having your orthodontics on display for all to see.

Improved oral hygiene

Traditional braces have archwires, elastic ties and brackets that cover a large part of the teeth they are attached to. This makes it more difficult to thoroughly clean, which can lead to more problems. With clear aligners, dental hygiene can be easily maintained because they can be removed at home.

Unlimited diet

Due to the removability of the trays, you will not have to keep them on during meals. With braces, you have to avoid various foods that can get caught in the wires and brackets and eventually cause cavities and decay.

Advanced treatment planning

You receive all your trays at once. This way there is no need for multiple unnecessary dental appointments for new aligners. 

BPA free

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic compound which is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles.  Clear Aligners trays do not contain BPA so they are safe to use consistently. 

Clear Aligner drawbacks

Limited candidacy

Aligner treatment is not designed for severe cases of malocclusion or misalignment. These are best treated with traditional orthodontics. It is also not suitable for an immediate confidence boost or before an approaching special event.

Treatment Cost

Depending on your needs, it can be generally more expensive than other clear aligner brands on the market. The treatment takes some time to have a visible effect.

Personal commitment

Neglecting to wear your trays for the recommended time frame can negatively affect your treatment. For the best results, you should follow your dentist’s prescription instructions.

Adjusting to the aligners

During the initial stages, the trays may not feel natural but soon adjust to the change. Some patients have felt that they have trouble speaking properly when they have the trays on.

This orthodontic treatment is specially designed to straighten your teeth without the use of bulky metal materials. The clear hard plastic trays fit onto your teeth leaving you with a natural smile. It is the solution to getting better-aligned teeth without going through the painful and awkward phase. If you’re interested in an Orthodontic solution for your misaligned or gapped teeth, clear aligners may be the answer.

To schedule your consultation, contact Dr JJ Serfontein located in Cape Town, South Africa, today. Don’t let the unsightly appearance of braces put you off fixing your smile. 

Dental-Crown

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown, or dental cap, is a type of dental restoration that completely covers a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are usually needed when a large cavity threatens the health of a tooth and they’re often bonded to the tooth using a type of dental cement.

Types of Crowns

  • Stainless steel crowns are usually used as a temporary measure, made for children and used on their primary teeth to reserve space for the permanent tooth. Once the primary teeth fall out, the crown naturally comes out with it.
  • Metal crowns content are strong, made with gold and platinum so that they can withstand biting and chewing forces better than others. Although they’re stronger and last longer, their colour is often a setback, and not many people choose metal crowns.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be made to fit the colour of the adjacent teeth, appearing to be a normal tooth. Although it can be made to resemble the rest of your teeth, they are much more susceptible to breaking and chipping than the metal crowns. Sometimes the porcelain shows through as a dark line, most commonly on the lining of the gum, and can cause the gums to recede.

Crowns are often used to strengthen or improve the appearance of the tooth as well as closing spaces between teeth. To get a dental crown, certain conditions need to be met. Considering that the tooth is prepared in a particular way, part of the original structure of the tooth will be removed. The tooth also needs to be healthy and strong enough to support the restoration.

One of the many benefits of dental crowns is that it prevents further decay. Unfortunately, it is more expensive due to the fact that it’s more laborious than common fillings and the manufacturing of the dental crown requires more than one practitioner.

Chewing often becomes difficult and painful when a tooth is broken or decayed. The materials used to manufacture the dental crowns have been made stronger so that chewing is made easier.

When considering a dental crown you also need to understand the risks or problems that they could cause.

If you don’t have good oral hygiene it could cause decay to the tooth being crowned. It’s also common to experience sensitivity and discomfort after getting a dental crown. This is due to the enamel being trimmed away during the procedure, exposing the dentin. In this instance, the crown does not completely cover the tooth so its recommended to use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

If you had a dental crown installment, it is recommended to stay away from sticky foods as much as possible because it could loosen the crown, causing further decay to the tooth. Dr. Serfontein will issue you with all the information you need to maintain your new tooth and keep it looking, feeling and working great for as long as possible.

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The Importance of Heathy Gums

Many people focus on keeping their teeth healthy but don’t realise the importance of keeping their gums healthy

Your gums are made from delicate skin, in order to protect the bones of your teeth. They provide a barrier to bacteria which is why it is important to keep your teeth clean and try to floss daily to prevent the buildup of plaque on the surface of your teeth.

If plaque is not cleaned from your teeth it could cause inflammation of the gum which would lead to a condition known as gingivitis. If not treated, gingivitis could develop into an infection of the gums, known as periodontal disease, which could slowly destroy the gum as well as the bones around the teeth.

The effects of periodontal disease vary between gingivitis to advanced periodontitis – the loss of bony tooth structure – which is responsible for tooth loss. It has been discovered that people with periodontal disease are at higher risk of experiencing certain health complications and diseases. These diseases include chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease.

The chronic respiratory disease is caused because it was found that the specific type of oral bacteria that causes periodontal disease can be drawn into the lower respiratory tracts. Cardiovascular disease occurs when the bacteria found in periodontal diseases spread to the heart.

If plaque is left on the teeth too long it causes bacteria to build up and enables the bacteria to spread. A buildup of bacteria will form below the gum line, which would eventually cause the gum to recede, exposing the tooth and could cause decay. If the gum tissue recedes it can cause the teeth to become very sensitive to extremely high or low temperatures.

There are many problems that could be caused by not having a good oral hygiene routine but there are many ways to prevent the problems from arising.

It is important to ensure that you brush your teeth every day and try flossing regularly. It’s also recommended to get regular check-ups with a dentist to make sure that your gums are as healthy as they should be, and if not, the dentist can inform you on how to take care of your gums to prevent complications. A healthy diet could also prevent periodontal disease, preferably foods that are rich in vitamin C, due to the fact that vitamin C is high in antioxidants which heal and repair the connective tissue. It’s also recommended for you to refrain from smoking due to the fact that people who smoke are also more susceptible to gum disease because the tobacco affects the attachment of bone to the soft tissue of the teeth. The tobacco also reduces blood flow to the gums which could cause discolouration of the gums.

There are many complications that could occur if your teeth and gums are not properly cleaned and cared for, and there are many ways to treat the diseases and eradicate the complications but its best to prevent them from ever occurring, the best way to do that is to practice good oral hygiene.

The Perfect Oral Health Routine

Consistency is key to getting a healthy, bright smile. By getting into the perfect oral health routine, you can get a healthy, clean smile that you’re proud to share.

Brush Regularly
This one seems like a no-brainer – but you must brush twice per day for two minutes at a time. When brushing, be sure to brush behind your teeth and pay attention to your back molars. Brush after you’ve had breakfast in the morning, and after dinner at night. This will help keep your teeth free of any unnecessary food debris that can lead to tooth decay. Rinse your mouth with clean water after lunch, which will also combat food debris build-up.

Use the Right Toothpaste
For more than 50 years, it was believed that the best kinds of toothpaste were ones containing fluoride to prevent cavities. Fluoridated toothpaste does an excellent job of cleaning teeth, but make sure that you spit all of it out and rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing. When shopping for toothpaste, avoid abrasives, such as charcoal toothpaste and anything with a heavy grain. During your next dental appointment, feel free to discuss your toothpaste options with Dr. Serfontein so he can give you some expert advice.

Floss Daily
Brushing your teeth only does so much. You need to clean the sides of teeth, and the areas in between teeth. Make sure to floss below the gum line, where dental plaque can go unseen and unreached by toothbrushes. If left untreated, plaque buildup near the root of teeth can lead to gingivitis and tooth loss. It’s normal for gums to bleed at the beginning of a new flossing routine, but it should subside as flossing continues.

Keep Your Toothbrush Operating Properly
A fully functional toothbrush is pivotal in the battle against plaque and cavities. If you’re unsure about the state of your toothbrush, check the bristles on the head. If the bristles are flayed outward, then it’s time to get a new toothbrush or replace your toothbrush head. An average toothbrush will last anywhere between 3 to 4 months.

Schedule a Dental Checkup Every Six Months
Dentists a proper dental checkup every six months. This helps you get ahead of any potential oral health concerns and maintain a healthy mouth.

Good oral health is vital to overall health – so check your toothbrush regularly, brush and floss daily and come to see Dr. Serfontein every 6 months and you’ll be on the road to great oral health.