Is cosmetic dentistry really out of reach? Please read on….
This is a question that we here time and time again, often outside of the dental practice. The general impression is that cosmetic dentistry is expensive and out of the reach of most people, especially in these difficult financial times.
Whilst it should be acknowledged that it is not cheap, the reality is that, like most things in life, you do get what you pay for. Not to slight the NHS, but to receive only NHS dental treatment is likely to mean that whilst your teeth will be strong enough, you are highly unlikely to be happy with their appearance unless you are one of the very fortunate few who have inherited the genes that will guarantee you perfect teeth throughout your life. One of the reasons for this is that many of the procedures available at a cosmetic dentist are simply not available to NHS users, or if they are, they will cost extra anyway. For example, amalgam is virtually always used at a traditional dentist and whilst this is a strong material, it is generally accepted to be unsightly. At our highly respected Harley Street cosmetic dentist, where it is viable, you are more likely to be offered the option to have tooth coloured fillings which are not only strong, but will match the colour of your teeth leaving them looking natural.
New techniques are always coming online too, and the resources of most cosmetic dentists means that they are able to take advantage of advanced training to be able to bring you these procedures. For example, to be able to place a dental implant takes many years of training, something which would not be available largely on an NHS budget. For a cosmetic dentist though, keeping up with the latest advances is extremely important as patients demand new and better treatments to not only keep their teeth in good condition, but also to look good. To some, this may appear vain, but research after research has shown that people who have white straight teeth are much more confident than people with discoloured crooked teeth, something which seems obvious when you see it in writing.
Obviously, this extra training does mean that the cost of procedures are higher than NHS ones, which are also subsidised. However, cosmetic dentists are not unsympathetic to this and many offer 0% APR dental treatment plans to help you to work through this. It is also worth bearing in mind that ignoring treatments early on can also lead to more expense later on in life, and after all, we only have one set of teeth, so doesn’t it make sense to take the best care of them that we possibly can.