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The Ultimate Guide to Teeth Whitening

Looking for a good deal on teeth whitening – the cosmetic dentistry procedure that’s popular for dental tourists? For sprucing up a smile quickly, easily and painlessly this is one of the most effective treatments available and is great to get on holiday.

What are the different types of teeth whitening treatments?

There are various teeth whitening treatments available – some more effective than others.

  • Whitening toothpastes are probably the most common, but even with regular use the whitening effect is minimal.
  • At-home whitening kits – these are obtained from the dentist. You will need to have impressions of your teeth made which are used to make trays that will fit over your teeth. The whitening gel is placed in the trays and worn overnight – usually for a couple of weeks, or until the right degree of whiteness has been achieved. It is not as effective as laser teeth whitening.
  • Laser teeth whitening is carried out in your dentist’s office. The process takes a couple of hours but the effect is dramatic as teeth can be made up to 14 shades lighter. There are various brands of laser teeth whitening, including Zoom! and Brite Smile, but while there may be slight differences in the process there isn’t in the lightening effects.

Am I suitable for teeth whitening treatments?

The color of your teeth can be affected by a number of factors, including:

  • Tobacco use
  • Food and drink that stains, such as red wine and coffee
  • Not cleaning teeth
  • Age (as we age the enamel becomes thinner)
  • Intrinsic stains (these are stains inside the tooth caused by exposure to drugs, like Tetracycline)

Teeth whitening is most effective on extrinsic stains – the ones on the surface of the tooth.

Is teeth whitening a good treatment to have as a dental tourist?

Yes, teeth whitening is a great treatment to have as a dental tourist and is definitely a popular one to have, particularly laser teeth whitening, which is a lot less expensive than at home. Laser teeth whiting will only take a couple of hours out of your holiday, while giving you very noticeable results.

There is very little downtime with the procedure, although some people have said their teeth are sensitive for several days afterwards, which does settle down in time.

In order to keep your smile white, you may also want to get a home teeth whitening kit from the dentist – you can always go to a local dentist to get more gel.

What is the procedure for teeth whitening at the dentist?

Laser Teeth Whitening:

The treatment typically takes around to hours.

1:  The dentist uses a chart to check the existing shade of your teeth

2:  Your teeth will be cleaned to remove tartar and stains

3:  Your mouth is prepared. A rubber dam is placed over the teeth so that only the teeth - and not the soft tissues of the mouth – are exposed to the bleaching gel. You will be given protective goggles to shield your eyes from the laser.

4:  Bleaching gel is applied to the teeth and the laser applied to activate the bleaching agents in the gel

5:  After a wait of 15 minutes the gel is removed

6:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 twice

7:  After all traces of gel have been removed the dentist will clean your teeth again and compare the number of shades your teeth have lightened on the shade chart.

At home whitening kits:

This treatment necessitates two trips to the dentist:

1:  Your dentist will assess your suitability for home-whitening. If you are suitable, impressions of your teeth are made and sent to the laboratory where made-to-measure trays are made for your mouth.

2:  At the next visit, when the dentist has received the trays back from the lab, you will be shown how to apply the gel into the trays and fit them over your teeth

What is the cost of teeth whitening treatments?

Laser teeth whitening typically costs:

In the United States, laser teeth whitening costs, on average, $668

At a Mexico dentist, it costs $174


In the United Kingdom, laser teeth whitening costs £500

At a Thailand dentist, it costs £171


In Australia, laser teeth whitening costs AUD $870

At a Bali dentist, it costs AUD $368

What about the quality of dental care? Is it reliable?

Dental providers that offer services to international patients are generally exceptionally good. If the services weren’t then dental tourists would soon stop going to them. But, that’s not to say that you should assume every dental clinic offering dental care to international patients is reliable – there’s good and bad wherever you go. Some things to look out for are how long the clinic’s been established? Are they signed up to internationally-recognized health and safety protocols, like the International Organization for Standardization? Are the dentists members of any professional organizations? Etc.

In conclusion:

Getting your teeth whitened as a dental tourist is a good choice if you want to improve your appearance in a reasonably inexpensive and quick way.

Get in touch with our Customer Care team to find out more about our clinics offering teeth whitening, or if you’re ready to book see below for ways you can arrange your appointment.

How do I book?

This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment.

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