Age, diet, and poor oral care can all negatively affect the appearance of your teeth, but there is a simple and affordable way that you can achieve a brighter smile. Professional teeth whitening treatments, such as Philips Zoom, can effectively and safely remove surface stains and discolouration from your teeth. Read on to learn how teeth whitening treatment can renew your smile, and how much teeth whitening costs in Australia.
What is Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Teeth whitening treatment effectively uses a bleaching agent to the porous enamel outer layer of your teeth and eliminate stains that are embedded there. There are various methods of teeth whitening to suit a range of budgets, lifestyles and different levels of staining.
Types of Tooth Whitening Treatment
At home treatments are very popular and you will see a lot of marketing around these products. Some of these products are often not effective. The high quality products such as Opalescence GO, Philips Zoom DayWhite or SDI Pola are great to keep your smile white, and many dentists use these products in their dental clinics. To achieve the best results a custom made tray is needed to ensure good contact with your teeth. For my patients I digitally scan your teeth, and then 3D print a custom mouth tray which costs $150.
Dental Clinic Treatments
In-chair whitening treatments use similar bleaching techniques, so that I can quickly and efficiently remove stains from the surface of your teeth for a radiant result. The most popular and highly effective method of in-chair teeth whitening treatment is Philips Zoom! Whitening.
During a Philips Zoom! Whitening treatment I will first professionally clean your teeth to remove built-up plaque and tartar, then apply a protective shield to the gums and spread a thin layer of bleaching gel across the teeth. After applying the bleaching gel, I will place a UV lamp in front of your mouth. This lamp is specially configured to activate the gel using a special UV wavelength. The entire process takes around 15 minutes and is performed three times in a single session for faster, brighter results. In some cases your teeth can be up to eight shades lighter in less than an hour!
Care and Maintenance
Though professional whitening treatments can last for years, your teeth will only stay pearly white if you care for them. If you continue to drink dark or acidic beverages like coffee or red wine, because your tooth enamel is porous your teeth are going to stain more quickly. To prolong your teeth whitening treatment, avoid dark beverages and sugary foods, and ensure that you have a good oral health routine that involves brushing and flossing twice daily, as well as regular check-ups.
The Cost of Teeth Whitening Treatment
At-home teeth whitening kits offer a budget friendly option for brightening your smile; however in-chair treatments, though more expensive, offer better and longer-lasting results because they use higher concentrations of bleaching agent safely, so you can look forward to a pearly-white smile for years after treatment. Opalescence GO preloaded trays are very common for those who travel a lot and start at $92 for the 6% version. Philips Zoom also have a gel syringe that can be used at home where options start from $20.
Teeth whitening at Tooth Crusader is affordable, and we achieve this through buying large volumes of product. We offer 2 prices, $269 for morning or early afternoon appointments and $289 for appointments 4pm and after. If you have a special event coming up or are after a particular shade for your teeth, multiple sessions may be needed, and I can discuss this with you.
Does Medicare Cover Teeth Whitening?
Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the cost of any cosmetic or elective dental procedures,.
Is Teeth Whitening Covered by Private Insurance?
Most private health insurance does not cover teeth whitening treatments. You can always check with your provider and the item code to quote is 118. This will sound crazy but they will quote you a per tooth rebate figure.
Teeth whitening treatment is a worthwhile investment in your smile and can boost your confidence both socially and professionally. If you suffer from tooth discolouration and are interested in whitening treatment, call on (02) 8203 8750 to make an appointment.