If there’s one thing we all struggle with, it’s keeping our teeth looking bright and white. Everyone knows that dental costs are high, here in Australia and, if you’ve been looking for alternative teeth whitening solutions, then you’ve probably realised that you can save a lot of money with teeth whitening in Phuket.
In fact, 1500 of us travel to countries such as Bali, Thailand, India and the Philippines each year for dental and medical work. Savings on cosmetic treatments can be as high as 50-60%. Throw in a relaxing holiday to recharge your batteries before heading back home, and teeth whitening in Phuket sounds like a no-brainer!
However, before you rush off to book a cheap flight to Phuket, you should know of the potential risks of travelling overseas, even for a simple treatment like teeth whitening. It could end up costing you more than you had bargained for.
Risks of teeth whitening in Thailand
While there are risks associated with any cosmetic treatment, travelling overseas increases them. If you choose to get teeth whitening in Phuket, you could be exposing yourself to a number of unnecessary risks that you may not experience from a dentist back home.
What if things go wrong?
There’s no denying that things can sometimes go wrong with cosmetic treatments. You may, for instance, have an allergy to an ingredient used in the teeth whitening solution. Here in Australia, dentists are heavily regulated, and should things go wrong people can complain to a commission board or even go to court for recompense.
However, that may not be the case in Phuket, and should you experience any problems, it’s unlikely that you’ll have access to any of those things. As a result, you may find yourself out of pocket and with nowhere to turn.
Always carry out your research and if you’re drawn to a particular clinic, visit their website and spend some time reading their testimonials and checking out their credentials. Try and seek out a clinic that has attained JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation which imposes high levels of patient care and high standards of sterilisation and infection control.
While it may cost more, it’s worth it just for your peace of mind.
Alternative teeth whitening materials
Most teeth whitening treatments contain hydrogen peroxide which acts as a bleaching agent while eliminating surface stains from the teeth enamel. Provided the treatment is carried out properly and the right concentration of peroxide is used, then teeth whitening treatments are perfectly safe.
However, when getting teeth whitening in Phuket, there’s no guarantee as to the safety of the whitening gel being used. This can put you at increased risk of tooth sensitivity and it could damage your teeth enamel and/or burn your gums.
Speaking of tooth sensitivity, it can be so severe in some people that all they want to do is dose themselves up with painkillers and rest. That doesn’t bode well with the intention of exploring the sights, sounds and smells, of a different country.
It may be hard to get over-the-counter painkillers to ease the tooth sensitivity and trying to steer clear of stain-inducing foods for the first 24 hours can be difficult when you’re relying on food prepared by street vendors or restaurants.
If you’re considering teeth whitening in Thailand, then it pays to consider the finer details like the availability of over-the-counter medication and the comfort of your accommodation, especially if you’re forced to spend time there recuperating following your teeth whitening treatment.
The language barrier
Another thing to consider is the possible language barrier. The last thing you want is to find yourself getting a full set of dental veneers rather than teeth whitening!
OK, so this is probably an exaggeration, but you get the picture. While the reception team may speak good English who’s to say that the dentist carrying out your treatment, is as proficient. Words can get lost in translation and if you can’t understand each other, it can be a daunting prospect.
Having considered some of the problems which you could encounter when embarking on teeth whitening in Phuket; or alternatively, you decide that any financial gain just isn’t worth the risk, then you may find teeth whitening back home is more affordable than you think and a far safer option.
Many dentists offer payment plans helping you to spread the cost over several months and quite often you can find special deals on teeth whitening when you shop around. Here at Randwick Smiles, for instance, we provide Pola and Opalescence take-home whitening kits which are cheaper than in-chair procedures and provide great results in the comfort of your own home.
To find out more about teeth whitening and to see if it’s a suitable treatment for you, then why not call us on (02) 8188 4625 to make an appointment.