Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental treatments requested in Australia, but more people are considering getting teeth whitening treatment in Bali to try and reduce the cost of the procedure. Unfortunately, dental treatment overseas can come with several risks and hidden costs that make getting teeth whitening treatment more expensive than you may have expected.
Why Have Your Teeth Whitened?
Over time, your teeth become discoloured due to diet, age, and poor dental hygiene. This can negatively impact your self-esteem and social life. Professional teeth whitening treatment is a safe and effective way to remove stains and lighten the shade of your teeth several shades to cosmetically improve the appearance of your smile.
At Tooth Crusader, I use the Philips Zoom! professional whitening to help you achieve a pearly white smile. After a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, I apply a protective barrier over your gums. Then, I paint the bleaching agent directly onto your teeth and activate the gel with a special light, then remove the bleach after 15 minutes. The gentle Philips Zoom! formula is used three times during a single session to achieve the smile you desire.
Risks of Dental Tourism
While dentists in Bali are highly trained and experienced, you may not receive the same level of treatment that you would expect from a dental practice in Australia. The governing bodies in Indonesia hold their dentists and practices to different standards than the Australian Dental Association and the Dental Board of Australia which regulates the materials used, hygiene standards of facilities and procedural safety.
Teeth whitening is achieved by using concentrated bleaching agents applied directly to your teeth.
Unfortunately, because of the differing standards between teeth whitening in Bali and Australia, the active ingredients in bleaching agents used overseas may damage your teeth or cause a significant increase in tooth sensitivity. The ingredients used in teeth whitening procedures in Australia are heavily regulated by both the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), so they are safe for use in dental practices across the country.
There are also additional risks associated with travelling after dental procedures such as exposure to unknown pathogens on contaminated instruments and unhygienic facilities, as well as the potential for an increased risk of infection and gum disease due to irritated gums by bleaching agents.
Hidden Costs of Teeth Whitening in Bali
Cost is one of the major motivating factors that cause patients to consider teeth whitening in Bali. While the price of having your teeth whitened overseas can be up to 20% less than a professional teeth whitening procedure at Tooth Crusader, many hidden costs can mean that the overall cost of teeth whitening in Bali is more expensive.
In addition to purchasing flight tickets and accommodations for your stay in Bali while you undergo your procedure, you will need to pay for the cost of the teeth whitening treatment.
Additionally, you must consider if you are even a candidate for teeth whitening. I review your medical history and assess your oral health before performing a teeth whitening procedure. For example, patients with severe gum disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or numerous dental restorations like crowns and bridges, may be unsuitable candidates for teeth whitening treatment. A dentist overseas may not be required to examine your mouth or check your medical history before you undergo teeth whitening treatment.
If anything should go wrong, unfortunately, you have no recourse for complaint or compensation, as most insurance plans will not cover international procedures. This means that if the results were not what you were expecting, not only will you be out of pocket for the cost of your trip and treatment, you may also need to pay additional costs for correcting the shade of your teeth or for any damage to your teeth, gums and soft tissues in your mouth.
Affordable Teeth Whitening at Tooth Crusader
At Tooth Crusader, we understand that all our patients deserve to have a beautiful white smile that they can be proud of, which is why we aim to provide affordable teeth whitening treatment by buying our whitening products in bulk and offering an alternative pricing structure depending on the time of day you book your treatment. With treatment packages starting at $269, we believe this is a great price.
There are also several other ways that you can offset the cost of teeth whitening in Australia rather than opting for dental tourism in Bali. While Medicare does not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening treatment, some insurance providers may include teeth whitening treatment under your extras cover. Check with your current provider and policy to see what level of coverage is offered. The item code you should look for is 118, and they will quote you per tooth.
Professional teeth whitening treatment is a worthwhile investment in your smile, and at Tooth Crusader, I can help you achieve a winning smile at an affordable rate. Call Tooth Crusader on (02) 8203 8750 and speak with our friendly staff about our teeth whitening procedure.