The food and drink you love can often leave behind yellow discolouration on your teeth that adversely impacts your appearance and damages your oral health. While regular brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent stains, most tooth discolouration can only be removed using a professional teeth whitening treatment at a dental practice.
However, many people may feel that a professional teeth whitening treatment is too expensive and choose to have the procedure performed overseas in Thailand. Unfortunately, there are a number of risks associated with teeth whitening in Thailand that could end up costing you more than you bargained for.
Risks of Teeth Whitening in Thailand
There are risks associated with any dental treatment but travelling overseas increases these risks. If you choose teeth whitening in Thailand, you expose yourself to a number of unnecessary risks that could be damaging to your health.
Different Standards of Practice
Although dentists who practice in Thailand are often highly trained and educated, the different standards of practice set out by their licensing board may mean the teeth whitening treatment you receive is not what you expect.
The Dental Board of Australia and the Australian Dental Council ensure that all dentists who practice in Australia work to the highest standards possible through a process of continual professional development and accreditation. They also enforce sterilisation and hygienic standards that must be followed by all licensed dentists in Australia.
Exposure to Different Pathogens
There are differing hygiene practices and a diversity of microorganisms native to Thailand at Thai dental clinics.
These can put you at an increased risk of infection as your body may not have a natural immunity to these microorganisms.
Infection and diseases can be spread by poorly sterilised instruments, textiles, and surfaces at dental clinics.
In Australia, all dental instruments must be thoroughly sterilised and sealed between patients. In Thailand, you do not have the same guarantee for your teeth whitening treatment.
Alternative Whitening Materials
Teeth whitening treatments use a variety of different bleaching agents to remove surface stains and intrinsic stains beneath the tooth’s surface. When used in the correct way and in the correct concentration, teeth whitening agents are completely safe.
However, if you are getting teeth whitening in Thailand, you cannot be guaranteed of the safety of the bleaching agents. This puts you at risk for increased sensitivity, tooth enamel erosion, and poisoning. Unregulated levels of hydrogen peroxide can even damage the roots of your teeth.
In Australia, the teeth whitening agents used by dentists are heavily regulated by the Dental Board of Australia and the Therapeutic Goods Administration to ensure both safety and effectiveness.
No Access to Patient Records
In Australia, your dentists have access to your medical and dental records through a private information database to ensure your safety during dental procedures. This database informs your dentist of any allergies to medications and potential complications that could arise due to previous health problems.
Choosing to have teeth whitening treatment overseas means that your dentist won’t have access to these records, and you will need to communicate any potential medical dangers to the dentist yourself. Unfortunately, as English is not their native language, some of this information may get lost in translation, putting you at risk of an accident due to miscommunication.
Not Covered by Insurance
Most insurance policies won’t cover the cost of having teeth whitening in Thailand, which means that if something does go wrong, you won’t have any means for legal recourse or recompensation. Any extra dental work needed to repair the damage done by a poor whitening treatment will end up costing you more than having the procedure done locally.
Affordable Teeth Whitening at Scott Street Dental
You don’t need to travel overseas to find affordable teeth whitening treatment. At Scott Street Dental, we offer competitive pricing for teeth whitening and accept all forms of private insurance with dental coverage. We also offer HICAPS, which means you can claim directly from your health fund, so you won’t be out of pocket.
For patients without dental coverage on their insurance policy, we offer ZipMoney Financing. ZipMoney makes it simple for patients to spread the cost of treatment over easy, affordable installments so you can enjoy a whiter, brighter smile when you need it.
If you want to learn more about teeth whitening treatment at Scott Street Dental, call us on (02) 9158 6393 to speak with our friendly staff about how we can give you a brighter smile.