Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I go to the dentist?
Since prevention is better than cure it is recommended for clients with good oral hygiene to visit the hygienist or dentist every six months to ensure that there are no signs of damage to the teeth or infections of the gums. However people with high risk from dental decay or periodontal disease may be asked to by their dentist to attend more frequently every 3-4 months.
What are your office opening hours?
For your convenience all our dental clinics are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. We also open on Saturdays from 9am till 1pm at our South Yarra d-spa clinic.
Are dental treatments tax deductible?
You are entitled to a rebate of 20% for every dollar you have spent above $2060* on health care, dental, optical and physio etc.
*Please refer to ATO for further details.
Can I claim back dental treatment back from private health insurance?
If you have dental or extras cover with any private health insurance you are eligible for a rebate from your health insurance. However, the amount of rebate depends on your level of cover.
How long does the Teeth Whitening procedure take?
Our safe and effective in chair teeth whitening procedure only takes one quick one hour session to instantly whiten your teeth with permanent results. Initially, a d-spa dentist will examine both your teeth and gums to ensure the whitening process will be safe and effective for you. Following this, 3-4 cycles of 8 minutes each of whitening agent will be applied to your teeth. All you have to do is kick back and relax or even watch a film or listen to music whilst we whiten and brighten your smile.
Will I experience any discomfort?
Most people usually experience little if any discomfort, although some have reported mild tooth sensitivity during and up to 48 hours after the procedure. This will resolve itself naturally. GC Tooth Mousse is highly recommended to reduce the severity of any sensitivity directly following the procedure.
Will I suffer sensitivity?
20% of people will experience some sensitivity during the procedure. Reasons for sensitivity are:
- fine cracks in the teeth
- toothbrush abrasion (enamel wear)
The sensitivity can last up to 24 hours after treatment. Sensitivity varies from patient to patient depending on the condition of the teeth. Most people only have mild sensitivity for a maximum of 10 hours. We recommend a product called tooth mousse after the whitening to reduce sensitivity.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening the teeth under supervision of a dentist is safe. Whitening the teeth is considered to be the safest cosmetic dental procedure.
Is it advisable to whiten my teeth during pregnancy or when breastfeeding?
We advise that pregnant or lactating women avoid the whitening process.
Am I able to only have my top teeth whitened?
Yes of course, but is only suggested for rare cases where the natural lower teeth are replaced with crowns or a denture and these are whiter than the upper teeth. The cost is usually the same as getting both upper and lower teeth done since the product used and time taken to perform the procedure are the same.
Does whitening damage or strip the enamel off teeth and what about the effects on the gums?
Teeth whitening is a completely safe procedure that does not strip the enamel or weaken your teeth in anyway or damage your gums. However, it is recommended that you postpone the treatment if you have untreated gum disease until the matter has been resolved first. The dentist will assess this prior to commencing the whitening procedure.
How white will my teeth get?
At d-spa we can whiten your teeth to their maximum whiteness. Some people have achieved up to 11 shades lighter. However, there are no predictors for the final outcome. It is only by attempting the procedure that clients learn how white their teeth can be and/or how quickly the whitening will occur. At d-spa we provide you with a home maintenance kit and whitening gel to help you achieve and then maintain your desired results.
How long will the Teeth Whitening last?
Our whitening procedure is permanent. Although, depending on your lifestyle, mild staining can reoccur for dietary reasons. Foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, curry and smoking can contribute to your teeth obtaining new stains This is why d-spa provides you with a complimentary home maintenance kit and whitening gel to ensure you maintain your whiteness for life. It is as simple as using the provided kit twice a year to maintain the original result.
How often should I have my teeth whitened?
Once you have had the in-chair whitening treatment, it is as simple as using the maintenance kit every six months depending on your lifestyle.
Will any crowns, veneers or fillings whiten?
Unfortunately no, only your natural teeth whiten. However, in most cases, the contrast is not obvious. Especially with porcelain, since the natural teeth are often darker than the veneers or crowns.