Dramatic scenery, beautiful beaches and superb hospitality have long made Phuket a favorite destination for travellers. The largest island in Thailand, few islands can have as many sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters as Phuket. Whether you enjoy the frantic pace of Patong, or the solitude of a remote beach in the North, you will find it all here. Swimming, boating, scuba diving and snorkeling are amongst the most traditional popular outdoor attractions, but elephant rides, and all-terrain tours are some of the more exotic attractions on offer. The island has an active nightlife with cabarets, discos, bars, restaurants and full-moon parties, but at the other end of the spectrum you can find tranquility, solitude and a far more relaxed pace of life.
Thousands of Australian, New Zealand, US and UK travellers have also been coming to Phuket to undergo inexpensive dental treatment, finding the clinics here to be offering, for example, teeth whitening treatments, but for a fraction of the cost at home.
Dental care and expertise here is equivalent to anywhere in the world and is typically about 70% less expensive than back home. Many Thai dentists have trained in English-speaking countries and they are well-versed in the latest treatments and techniques available. You can be sure that the tooth whitening treatment you receive here will be of the same standard you would get at home.
Phuket is easy to get to, with international flights flying directly to Phuket's airport. Accommodation is easy to find, from luxurious top-of-the-range spa hotels to budget apartments. Above all, they are usually cheaper than at home, as is the cost of living generally.
Zoom! Laser Teeth whitening, BriteSmile teeth whitening, and the Opalescence take home whitening are some of the types available in Phuket.
In Australia laser tooth whitening is around $1,000 AUD and professional home whitening kits start at around $500 AUD.
Tooth whitening systems in Phuket start at around $275 AUD for laser whitening and $120 AUD for a professional home whitening kit
Phuket has so much to offer already, but great dental treatment at amazingly low prices is another reason why you shouldn't pass up an opportunity to visit.
There are two types of tooth whitening treatments that most dental practices offer. One is a home-based treatment and one is offered in the clinic. The in-clinic laser teeth whitening is the most effective, and takes about an hour.
Before the tooth whitening process begins your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly to remove stains and tartar and your dentist will make a record of the shade of your teeth. Gums, lips and cheeks will be pulled away from the teeth and the gel applied to the teeth. Eye goggles will be provided to protect your eyes from the laser. The laser activates the gel, and after around 15 minutes the gel is removed and the process repeated twice. The dentist will remove all traces of gel and mouth protection, and the final result will be compared with the shade chart to assess how much whiter your teeth have become.
Full efficacy of the whitening treatment is finished after about 24 hours, and if you have not had a recent cleaning, that is usually recommended first to maximize the results.
Firstly, trays will have to be made for the gel to sit in so that the gel can be applied to your teeth. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and a model made from this in order to make the trays. Once the trays have been made, your dentist will provide you with a whitening gel which you will use in combination with the trays to apply to your teeth. Some trays may be worn overnight, while some may be worn for a couple of hours a day, depending on the whitening system used. Treatment continues until you are happy with the degree of tooth whitening achieved.
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