COVID-19 Update 12 May 2020

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COVID-19 Update 12 May 2020

We are OPEN for all general treatments!

Under level 1 restrictions, all dental treatments using standard precautions for people who do not meet epidemiological or clinical risk factors for COVID-19 infection transmission are permitted. In the clinical setting, however, differences will remain from the ‘business as usual’ scenario as it existed in the pre-COVID era, including:

  • Continued screening of patients for clinical symptoms and epidemiological factors
  • Removal of magazines, books and children’s toys from waiting rooms
  • Social distancing in the waiting room and other non-clinical areas

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COVID-19 Update 26 March 2020

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COVID-19 Update 26 March 2020

The Australian Dental Association Queensland has provided guidance for all dental practices during this unprecedented time as the spread of COVID-19 continues. The priority of the association is to ensure practitioners, patients and staff are safe and to minimise transmission of the novel coronavirus in dental settings and, in turn, the community.

Following the direction of the ADA Queensland, Gold Coast Smiles will close for general dentistry as of today, 26 March.

It is important for us to provide continuity of care for our patients during this time therefore we are offering the following support:

  • Phone support where we may be able to assist remotely: (07) 5576 6050
  • The clinic will open for emergency procedures if required
  • Referral will be offered to a general practitioner where sustained pain relief may be required

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COVID-19 Update 24 March 2020

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COVID-19 Update 24 March 2020

We are currently open for business and adhering to the new Australian Dental Association guidelines for dental treatment during a pandemic. At this stage we are working at a level 2 protocol and screening all patients prior to treatment.

  1. Have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days?
  3. To your knowledge have you been exposed to anyone in isolation suspected of having the COVID 19 virus?
  4. In the last few days have you experienced any of the following symptoms:
    • Sore throat
    • Dry cough
    • High temperature

5. Do you work in an aged care facility?

Limited dental care for emergency / urgent cases is available for all aged and residential care patients.

We have made recommended schedule changes to allow time for increased cross infection practice in common areas and limitations to ensure social distancing.

We request the following from all patients:

  • Please arrive at your appointment time ( please refrain from coming early)
  • As an adult patient please attend alone without children
  • As a child please have only one parent in attendance and no siblings

Changes are happening rapidly and we are keeping updated with the rules and regulations from the ADA and Queensland Health.

Should we reach Level 3 Protocol we will be unable to see patients for routine dental care. Only those who meet  strict epidemiological criteria will be seen for emergency dental care.

Should our practice be forced to close due to the level of risk, we will be available via phone and email to advise and facilitate any dental concerns you may have.

If you suspect you have COVID-19 or you are in insolation but have  a dental emergency please contact Queensland Health.

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COVID-19 Important Update from Gold Coast Smiles

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COVID-19 Important Update from Gold Coast Smiles

The impacts of COVID-19 ( also known as Coronavirus ) continue to evolve across Queensland, Australia and the rest of the globe.

At Gold Coast Smiles we take the safety of our staff and patients very seriously. Challenging times such as this mean we need to take even greater care to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers.

We will remain vigilant in following the guidelines from Queensland Health and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and will act immediately on any direction provided with regards to operating our practice.

At this stage we are open for business and working to ensure all our patients have access to emergency and regular dental care.

We have strict infection control standards for procedures which provide surety for the health and wellbeing of all patients. You can feel comfortable that you are in an extremely clean and sterile environment.

Extra measures have been implemented to screen all patients before entering the practice. This includes the following questions at the time of making an appointment.

  1. Have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days?
  3. To your knowledge have you been exposed to anyone in isolation suspected of having the COVID 19 virus?
  4. In the last few days have you experienced any of the following symptoms:
    • Sore throat
    • Dry cough
    • High temperature
    • Diarrhea

If any of the answers are ‘yes’ or someone has experienced any of the symptoms listed, we kindly ask that they refrain from attending the practice for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and patients.

Our appointments are set with a minimum of 10 minutes between patients to guarantee a thorough clean of all areas of the practice. This includes all common areas, surfaces, door handles, chairs and bathrooms.

Patients will also now rinse with 1% hydrogen peroxide solution before each appointment as an extra precaution.

Thank you for your understanding and helping to keep Gold Coast Smiles and fellow patients safe, and for supporting our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the practice on (07) 5576 6050.

** This article explains what COVID-19 is and how it is spread.

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Preventative Dentistry is the Key to a Healthy Smile

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Preventative Dentistry is the Key to a Healthy Smile

Our lives are so busy with everything we must fit into our day, our weeks and even months. Some things are left that we know we will “get around to it” and before we know it, months or years have passed. This is what often occurs with dental health. It is not until we experience dental discomfort that we are reminded we haven’t been to the dentist for a while.

It is time to add regular dental check-ups to your calendar for yourself and your family.

To maintain good dental health, it is encouraged to attend your dentist every 6 months for the following routine treatments:

  • General check up
  • Scaling and fluoride treatment
  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Soft tissue checks
  • Jaw join check
  • Gum health

Dr Nick and his team at Gold Coast Smiles understand how busy people can be and offer out-of-hours consultations as well to give you that flexibility with visits.

Having a dentist, you can trust to deliver modern, pain-free dentistry, who you feel comfortable with and who genuinely cares about you and your family is what Gold Coast Smiles guarantees. You will find once you have this level of confidence, 6-monthly visits will become routine.

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Managing Dental Anxiety

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Managing Dental Anxiety

If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is a universal phenomenon.

We use the term ‘dental anxiety’ when someone has anxiety, stress or even fear when going to see a dentist. This anxiety may result in delaying going or avoiding treatment altogether.

There are many reasons why some people experience dental anxiety. Some of the common reasons include:

  • Fear of pain. Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear is often a result of an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful.
  • Fear of injections or fear the injection won’t work. Many people are terrified of needles, let alone having one inserted into their mouth. Beyond this fear, others fear that the anaesthesia hasn’t yet taken effect or wasn’t a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.
  • Embarrassment and loss of personal space. Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist or assistant to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odours.

Avoiding the dentist can result in the worsening of dental disease, a greater need for emergency care or more complex treatment. It can also increase the dental anxiety.

Regular dental check-ups, cleans and screening X-rays can prevent dental disease and help the dentist find any problems early, so that simpler and less invasive treatments are needed.

By avoiding going to the dentist, not only are you more likely to need more complex treatments when you do finally attend, but you are also missing out on learning how to better care for your oral health.

At Gold Coast Smiles we are aware that some of our clients may initially come to us feeling some sort of anxiety. We ensure we do everything to make the experience pleasant and that any fears are addressed and alleviated. After the first visit to Gold Coast Smiles, clients feel confident to book their 6-monthly checks.

Some of the coping techniques people may use include:

  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Distraction (such as listening to music or the use of TV screens)
  • General anesthesia
  • Happy gas

Happy gas or laughing gas, nitrous oxide can help people relax during dental treatment. A mask is fitted to your face, and you breathe a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. It takes effect within a few minutes and wears off quickly.

You will feel relaxed but will still be awake. You can talk to the dentist and hear what they say to you.

At Gold Coat Smiles, we have invested in the best leading-edge technology because we believe our clients deserve the best care with the least stress. From TV entertainment above the chair to modern and compassionate pain management, we believe in your comfort.

Learn more here Anxious Patients.

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New Alternative to Wire Braces

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New Alternative to Wire Braces

Invisalign is the new alternative to wire braces and can be used by both teens and adults.

The Invisalign System is a virtually invisible and hygienic orthodontic treatment that uses an innovative approach to effectively straighten teeth.

This system uses a series of custom-made removable aligners created for you and only you. The aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth to gradually move them to the ideal position. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them, allowing you to maintain your lifestyle during treatment.

Why would you choose to use Invisalign?

There are many problems people may face where Invisalign could be the perfect solution, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Excessive spacing between teeth
  • Malocclusions which include a range of irregular biting patterns
  • Narrow arch / smile
  • Lack of confidence and emotional wellness caused by perceived facial appearance
  • Relapse of treatment from previous procedures

How does Invisalign solve these problems?

The aligners are custom designed and built specifically for each individual, using the latest digital technology. By using a series of aligners, you will experience a gradual movement of teeth which can correct crowding, improve spacing, prevent malocclusions, decrease relapse, broaden smiles and give you more confidence knowing your teeth look great.

Both teenagers and adults are choosing Invisalign for their orthodontic solution in preference to metal braces due to the ease of use, the more acceptable appearance and for those who are physically active, having a mouthguard fitted over the aligners is simple.

Invisalign is not the best option for everyone and some may still choose metal braces which we are able to fit and maintain at Gold Coast Smiles. These options are best discussed at an appointment.

Gold Coast Smiles offers some great options for you to start your journey to a better smile right now.

  • Flexible appointment times including after-hours, weekends and same-day emergencies
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable practitioner
  • Competitive pricing and tailored payment plans
  • Family-owned business where you are a person and not a number

To learn more about Invisalign and the options you can explore for yourself or your children, click to view our webpage or give the practice a call to have your queries or concerns answered.

Contact Gold Coast Smiles on (07) 5576 6050.

Consultations for orthodontics are free at Gold Coast Smiles, so no risk to make that call today.

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Burleigh Heads Schools

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Burleigh Heads Schools

Burleigh Heads is such a beautiful spot here on the Gold Coast attracting holidayers and locals alike from the Burleigh Headland, Esplanade to the divine James Street. There are ample spots to take the family throughout the week and weekend.

Our dental practice is in Burleigh Heads amongst some of the regions most popular Primary and High Schools. Burleigh Heads State School is a primary school just down the road from us on Lower Gold Coast Highway and was established back in 1917. The school offers a Coeducational environment and plays host to a range of community activities including markets on the weekends. With over 500 students, Burleigh Heads State School has an impressive record of support for the students and families in the Burleigh Heads and surrounding districts.

A little further out of Burleigh Heads in Burleigh Waters is Marymount College, a secondary school, serving years 7 – 12 and is a Coeducational school and Marymount Primary School, a primary school adjacent to Marymount College, serving years P – 6 and is a Coeducational school.

At Gold Coast Smiles, we offer a kids dental program for students from all schools, free children’s check ups, cleans and fillings (through an Australian Government subsidy for those eligible) to ensure that your child’s oral health is maintained throughout life. To see if you are eligible for this Government subsidy, please contact our office and to make a booking.

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Family Friendly Dentist Burleigh Heads

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Family Friendly Dentist Burleigh Heads

We understand that not everyone likes the dentist – but taking a visit to your local Burleigh Heads family friendly dentist is a different experience. At Gold Coast Smiles, Dr Nick Pentsa and his team want to help everyone overcome their fears of the dentist by providing any assistance necessary to make your visit with us as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Gold Coast Smiles, your local Burleigh Heads dentist, holds high customer satisfaction standards to ensure every patient including families with young children, seniors and anyone who is nervous about visiting the dentist feels comfortable and reassured when they visit Gold Coast Smiles.

We know first-time visitors or even littles ones who have visited our Burleigh Heads dental office a few times may still have nervousness during their visit. Dr Nick Pentsa and his trained staff are here to help in any way so every child and parent feels relaxed during their visit to create a comfortable dental check-up.

Our Burleigh Heads based dental team covers a range of services, some of which may seem invasive or uncomfortable at times. We’re here to hear your concerns and to create a setting that is comfortable and works for your visit. Whether you’re receiving a cleaning, check-up, dentistry work or cosmetic services – our team is all ears to listen and help you through any procedure for an enjoyable visit to our Gold Coast Smiles office.

Dr Nick Pentsa has many years of dental experience and has plenty of practice reassuring nervous, first-time or new patients to ensure every patient is at ease during their visit. Dr Nick Pentsa is very friendly to speak with and he is approachable during any part of your visit at Gold Coast Smiles.

From check-ups to general dentistry, cosmetics dentistry, orthodontics and Invisalign procedures – we’re your family friendly dentist and are here to make every step along the way as enjoyable as possible. Please let us know if you require any assistance during your visit with us. Any member of our Gold Coast Smiles team is trained to help you throughout your visit for a pleasant and effortless visit to our office.

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Burleigh Heads Dentist

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Burleigh Heads Dentist

Gold Coast Smiles has been an established local dentist to the Burleigh Heads area for many years. Dr Nick Pentsa and his team offer a range of dental services to the Burleigh Heads area including children’s dental, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and Invisalign procedures as their main areas of practice.

Our expert team at Gold Coast smiles has worked on patients in the Burleigh Heads area over the past 10 years to provide exceptional and professional dental work on patients including children, families and seniors of the local community. We understand not everyone likes the dentist, but our team at Gold Coast smiles is here to change your mind or at the very least make your experience at our Burleigh Heads dental office more enjoyable and stress-free.

Whether you’re joining our local Burleigh Heads dentist for your routine check-up or more detailed dental work – we’re here to ensure your time spent with us is pleasant and comfortable during your stay. Our expert team are trained for a variety of general and specialised dental procedures, and will have you smiling in no time.

Even more, our Burleigh Heads dentist team is happy to always address any concerns you may have whether it’s about your own smile, a procedure being performed or long-term care requirements for your smile. We’re here to make sure you have the best smile possible, you feel confident in your smile and always want to show it off. Sometimes we need a little bit of help correcting imperfections in our smile including teeth whitening, or improving the shape and straightness of our smile. Our Gold Coast Smiles dental team can address any of your concerns or questions you may have about one of our procedures available to help make your smile brighter and bigger.

Gold Coast Smiles, your Burleigh Heads local dentist is always here to keep you smiling and feeling your best. Dr Nick Pentsa and his team offers a range of services to keep your teeth at their best and to help create the healthiest and happiest you!

Want to book an appointment with us? Give us a call on (07) 5576 6050 or book online. We look forward in seeing you soon to help create your best smile!

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Things To Do In Burleigh Heads

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Things To Do In Burleigh Heads

If you are holidaying in Burleigh Heads or are locals like us, there are always plenty of things to do in Burleigh Heads itself and surrounds.

If you are searching for markets in Burleigh Heads, there are a few main ones that locals and travellers love and are always the perfect go-to family friendly event on weekends. The Village Markets are a community of creative entrepreneurs, trading on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School from early morning to just past lunchtime. These markets are full of amazing clothing, food and music and attract a very casual crowd of market goers looking for the finest of food and fashion. The other is Burleigh Heads Markets which are a food and art and craft market held every last Sunday of the month from early morning to just after lunchtime. The longest running Art and Craft market on the Gold Coast began over 30 years ago. Located between the Headland and North Burleigh along the Ocean Way Path. Perfect for walking the dog, riding your bike/skateboard/scooter or simply strolling, something is sure to catch your eye along the way. Parking can be a struggle so try and get there early to avoid missing out.

You cannot pass going to Burleigh Heads Beach for an early morning or evening stroll with the family. If running is your thing, the pathways along the beach are the perfect spot to kick off that exercise while taking in the sights and sounds that Burleigh Heads Beach has on offer. Always check with a health professional before starting any exercise routine. If the sand is your thing, the beach itself is generally flat so walking your dog can be done with ease but always check the signs as to where you can take your little friend. Throughout the day you will hear the beautiful lorikeets high up in the trees as you walk past Burleigh Surf Club, which is great to drop in to grab something to eat or for coffee. Keep heading toward the Headland to find BBQ spots, restaurants and more cafes. Our dental surgery is only walking distance from the beach so you may bump into us during lunchtime!

If you are searching for things to do in Burleigh Heads, these are just a handful of relaxing things to do. What are some of your favourite activities in Burleigh Heads?

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Gold Coast Smiles Payment Options

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Gold Coast Smiles Payment Options

Gold Coast Smiles has payment plan options for every budget. We understand the importance of every smile receiving top dental care and are happy to provide a range of options to fit every budget size. We are flexible and want to ensure each patient finds a plan that suits their budgeting and financial needs. Gold Coast Smiles has three main payment plan options for our patients to choose from.
  • DentiCare: This payment plan option lets you start the treatment you need today with no interest added to the cost. This flexible approach is a great option for budget-friendly patients looking to seek dental care without the cost all upfront. DentiCare payment option covers a wide range of dental and orthodontist services. For more information please contact Denticare at 1300 186 404.
  • Mac Credit: This payment plan option is a flexible and long-term plan for dental care over $4000. With Mac Credit plans you’ll be given individualised advice to plan with a Mac Credit consultant for terms up to 7 years. This no money upfront option is ideal for budget friendly or unexpected services our patients’ may need. With less stress from low interest rates and over the phone transfer options available, Mac Credit is a great service to create affordable dental care for every patient. For more information on Mac Credit payment plans please call 1300 884 355.
  • Zip Money: Gold Coast Smiles will soon be accepting payment options from ZipMoney to give our patients another way to afford our quality dental services. ZipMoney pays for your dental services, and over a period of time the patient makes interest-free payments to ZipMoney. ZipMoney is an easy and stress free way to afford the dental treatments and services with flexible payment options.
Gold Coast Smiles is thrilled to have you as a patient and we hope one of these three options will suit your budget and planning needs so we can help put a smile on your face. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have on any of these three options, and any other payment plan questions you may have. Please call our office at (07) 5576 6050 for more information and to get started on adding a spark to your smile today!

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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

Gold Coast Smiles is a proud supporter of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule scheme. We want to help ensure every child loves their smile and has access to the best quality dental care on the Gold Coast.

We have supported the child benefit scheme for years, which helps our patients have access to kids free dental services including preventative care, check-ups and more. Our office is a bulk billing dentist and we will work with you to find a financial solution to suit every budget. We want to ensure a stress-free visit every time you visit our office. By working with you and within your financial means, our office will help provide the best possible solution for you and your family.

The Child Dental Benefit Scheme is for eligible children from 2-17 years of age and offers up to $1000 towards dental care of your child. The $1000 coverage is for every two consecutive years and will be carried forward from year 1 to year 2 for any excess available funding. To find out more about eligibility please contact Gold Coast Smiles 07 5576 6050 and our friendly staff will help you.

Gold Coast Smiles is thrilled to support families with their children’s smiles by promoting the use of the Child Benefit Scheme. We want to help see your child’s teeth and smile flourish and grow with the guidance and support of our staff. We recommend two check-ups yearly on all children for early detection of decay, potential orthodontic needs and other dental precautions.

By teaching children at an early age to take care of their teeth, we can support healthy habits to reduce stress and future dental problems that may occur. We want to assist in you’re child’s smile by promoting good oral hygiene habits and by getting your child comfortable with visiting our office at their next check-up.

For more information on how Gold Coast Smiles can provide for your child’s dental services and on using the Child Benefit Scheme for free kids dental care, visit our CDBS page or contact our office. We’re excited to help your child have an extra big smile and helping parents have access to dental care for their kids.

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Gold Coast Smiles Cosmetic Dental Services

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Gold Coast Smiles Cosmetic Dental Services

Gold Coast Smiles is happy to provide cosmetic dental services to help create the smile of your dreams. Our team can assist in creating the perfect smile and helping you feel confident every time you show off your smile. Some of the areas of cosmetic dentistry we cover include:

  • Veneers:

    Our Veneers are carefully crafted to create a full smile by bonding porcelain to the front surface of the tooth. Our veneers are reliable, strong and stain resistant and will keep your smile bright for years. Veneers are ideal for closing gaps between teeth and treating teeth that may be discoloured, chipped and or misaligned. Veneers improve over all shape, size and colour and may be the solution to achieving your dream smile.
  • Crowns:

    We use Crowns for reconstructive dental solutions when teeth become damaged, cracked or weakened by decay. Our crowns are made to match the colour of your natural teeth and besides strengthening an impaired tooth, crowns can be used to improve your teeth’s appearance, shape or alignment creating a confident smile you’ll want to share.
  • Whitening:

    teeth whiting is a popular cosmetic dentistry service we at Gold Coast Smiles are proud to offer. We want everyone to feel confident and comfortable with their smile. Whether you want to whiten your teeth before a big day or event, or you need surface stains to be lifted from everyday food and drink stains – we can help create a whiter and brighter smile! We use a teeth whitening gel to create a brighter smile that reacts with ultra-violet light beam to break down and remove the stains on your teeth. Additionally, our world leading Zoom Advanced Power In-Chair Whitening technology provides a clean, safe and fast whitening solution so you see results faster.
Gold Coast Smiles is thrilled to have you as a patient and we hope to create a smile you’re proud and confident to show off. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have on any our cosmetic dentistry solutions, and any other questions you may have. Please call our office on (07) 5576 6050 for any cosmetic dental services or for any other information and to get started on adding a spark to your smile today!

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Gold Coast Smiles Teeth Whitening Solutions

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Gold Coast Smiles Teeth Whitening Solutions

Gold Coast Smiles is a top provider of teeth whitening solutions on the Gold Coast. Our expert team wants every patient to feel comfortable and confident with their smile. For a boost of whitening to your smile, try our teeth whitening services for a natural and clean smile you’ll love showing off.

Our teeth whitening solutions include using our “zoom” in-house option and Pola our take-home kits.
  • Zoom: our in-house option is in a gel form that is placed on your teeth and activated by intense ultra-violet light beams. The gel and light combination works to break down stains on your teeth from food, drink and other forms of stains to create a whitened and polished smile. This world leading Zoom Advanced Power In-Chair Whitening technology is an advanced solution for teeth whitening that can create a noticeable result with just one session. This option is ideal for fast-results whether it’s for a big day, event or to remove everyday food and drink stains including coffee and wine.
  • Pola: our take home teeth whitening solution is an affordable and easy solution for any of our patients to create a white smile in the comfort of their own home. This teeth-whitening system is ideal for removing discolouration from your teeth over a period of time. Pola is applied to the discoloured teeth and breaks down into water and oxygen ions. The oxygen ions enter into the patients enamel to lift and break down the stain molecules, which are then dissolved by saliva and regular brushing of the teeth. Pola has day and night teeth whitening kit options to suit your personal needs so you can have brighter and whiter teeth on your own schedule. Pola whitening solutions can last 6-12 months depending on the product used and results can be seen after 2-3 weeks of usage.
Gold Coast Smiles is excited to have you as a patient and we hope one of our teeth whitening solutions will help create a confident smile. Whether it’s in the comfort of our office or your home, we hope Gold Coast Smiles can help create a solution to make your smile brighter. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have on any of these teeth whitening options. Please call our office at (07) 5576 6050 for more information and to get started on adding a spark to your smile today!

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