Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular thanks to trend sin the fashion and beauty industry and celebrity endorsements, but if you’re longing for a perfect smile and you don’t have a celebrity bank balance, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have treatment. There are ways of making dental treatment more affordable and many of the treatments that are not as high profile as others are much less expensive.
How much does cosmetic dental treatment cost?
The cost of cosmetic dentistry varies according to the type of treatment you have and the dentist or clinic you visit; some treatments cost less than £100, while others cost thousands.
When you see a dentist about cosmetic dental treatment, they will be able to give you an idea of the cost of the treatment you are interested in having; it is always a good idea to get a full price break down and a total before you agree to have treatment.
People often assume that cosmetic dental treatment will set them back hundreds or even thousands of pounds, but there are some treatments, which may be more affordable than you thought. Examples include:
Tooth whitening: if you can’t afford professional in-chair tooth whitening, you may wish to consider home whitening. Home whitening kits are available from many dental clinics and they enable you to undergo treatment at home; all you have to do is wear a whitening tray for a period of time. The average cost of home whitening is around £200-£400.
Cosmetic bonding: if you have chipped or worn teeth, cosmetic bonding is a perfect solution, which will make a massive difference to your smile without breaking the bank. Your dentist will use dental composite to build up worn surfaces, improve the shape of the teeth and repair chips in a procedure, which is painless and lasts less than an hour. Cosmetic bonding is relatively straightforward but it has a huge impact on the overall look of the smile. The price of cosmetic bonding is usually from £80.
Dental hygiene sessions: if you want to give your teeth a glossy, white finish without paying hundreds of pounds, a dental hygiene session is well worth the investment. Dental hygienists use intensive cleaning treatments to remove surface stains and polish the teeth; hygiene sessions also help to lower the risk of bad breath, gum disease and dental decay.
Making cosmetic dentistry more affordable
One popular option for making cosmetic dentistry more affordable is dental finance. Finance plans are offered by many dental clinics now and they enable patients to spread the cost of treatment over a period of time, rather than stumping up the total amount in one go. Most plans allow you to choose the term and monthly payment amount.
Another option is to look out for special offers at dental clinics or join a membership plan at a clinic, which gives you money off cosmetic dental treatment. There are often offers for orthodontic treatments which are normally very expensive; these are worth looking out for in order to improve your confidence with braces.
If you want dental treatment but you can’t afford it, ask your dentist for advice. They may be able to recommend an alternative treatment, which is less expensive.
Cosmetic dental treatment is less expensive abroad, but beware of the risks that travelling overseas may carry; dental treatment is more expensive in the UK than other European and Asian countries, but standards of care are generally higher here and dentists and clinics are regulated. It is worth remembering that it will cost a lot more to have botched treatment fixed in the UK than it would to have treatment here in the first place.