The face of cosmetic dentistry is changing. Gone are the days when only the rich and famous could afford to invest in, and enjoy, a winning smile. New techniques mean that a makeover is finally available with minimal dentistry. Just as importantly, the cost of cosmetic treatments are more attractive and accessible than ever. So, what is the price of a perfect smile?
In this month’s blog we’ll give you a taste for both the traditional and contemporary techniques and reveal those all-important treatment price tags. We’ll also share some of our clients’ frequently asked questions and help bust some of the myths surrounding cosmetic dentistry. We’ll arm you with all the advice you need to know before you take those first crucial steps towards achieving your perfect smile.
Are veneers the only way to achieve a celebrity smile?
Until recently, one of the only options for cosmetic dentistry was to remove the healthy tooth structure to make way for either crowns or veneers. Whilst this is still common, and in many cases is absolutely the right treatment for clients, it’s a myth that this is the only solution. Minimal invasive dentistry techniques have opened the cosmetic dentistry doors to everyone.
What are minimal invasive dentistry techniques?
These contemporary procedures are far less invasive, time consuming and expensive compared to traditional cosmetic dentistry. It allows patients to achieve an attractive smile by conducting the smallest amount of treatment possible.
What are the main advances in cosmetic dentistry?
Three new techniques have been created to help you make the best of your teeth – known as: ‘Align, Bleach, Bond’. These treatments are growing in popularity, proving ideal for patients looking to fast-track to a dazzling smile with little inconvenience. They’ve also been cleverly designed to overcome some of the most common dental fears, such as prominent metal braces, that previously left a sour taste in your mouth.
- Worried about imposing and uncomfortable braces? It’s now possible to move crooked and misplaced teeth into perfect alignmentusing modern orthodontic techniques that are almost invisible.
- Are you embarrassed by the colour of your teeth? Are you a heavy coffee drinker or smoker? You’ll be glad to hear that modern advances in teeth whiteningand bleaching techniques can reduce the dark and/or yellow colour on teeth.
- Suffer from minor tooth damage? Advances in materials for dental bondingcan restore broken tooth tips and make minor changes to the shape of your teeth.
How much will orthodontic treatment cost?
It’s often the first question on everyone’s lips: what’s the price of dental treatment, how much does teeth whitening cost or can I see a price list? We’ll always go out of our way to give patients a feel for the cost of dental treatment but it’s important to remember that everyone’s smile and dental health is completely unique. Factors that determine the cost of your orthodontic treatment include extent of your dental issues, how long your treatment plan will last, where you live and the specific treatment details prescribed by your dentist or orthodontist.
Whether for health or aesthetic purposes, a professional and expert dental practice will always invite you to attend a consultation meeting. This allows them to conduct an examination, understand your preferred outcome and to take any x-rays that may be required to recommend the right dental solution. This will be supported with a comprehensive quotation, giving you an accurate price for your dental treatment.
In our practice, the average investment is in the region of £3,500. This will include all necessary impressions, records, radiographs, all aligners, any refinements needed and retainers. We’re always open and honest about our pricing, ensuring there are no surprises later down the line.
The cost of Teeth Whitening
The whiter your teeth, the healthier they are. right? Wrong! It’s a myth that stained teeth are always unhealthy but we do tend to associate healthy, attractive teeth with their colour. More and more new patients tell us that they’re not happy with yellow teeth no matter how healthy they may be. This has seen the demand for brighter and whiter teeth soar.
Did you know that over 85% of adults say that an unattractive smile makes someone less appealing to the opposite sex? In fact, some people believe that a healthy and good-looking smile is part of one’s own appearance and marketing. One thing is for sure, your smile is unique. It tells the world about you in so many ways. Your smile influences communication and your social standing. Your smile is a sign of your vitality, state of happiness and general well-being.
Patients come to us to have their teeth whitened for a variety of reasons. Many use it as a tool to boost their looks and confidence. The seven most common motivators for a dental makeover include:
- Wedding day – most people want to capture and treasure their wedding day with stunning photography. It’s not just the bride and groom either, many family members also want to look their best on the big day.
- Career confidence – especially in industries where a smile portrays a welcoming and confident image to others.
- Social smiles – wanting to look good at parties with friends.
- Happy holidays – to ensure you look and feel great on holiday and in vacation snaps.
- Dating – “I know I will enjoy talking to someone more if I have a nice, bright smile”.
- Aesthetic assurance – comments from friends and family making them feel self-conscious.
- A youthful appearance – many of us want to look and feel as young as possible.
Patients who have seen the results of teeth whitening always comment on the confidence it brings. So when we’re asked: What is the cost or teeth whitening, we always highlight the great feedback we have received. Teeth whitening in our practice starts from only £355. Many of our clients comment that it’s exceptional value for money for such quick and impactful results.
Dental Bonding/Immediate Veneers
If you need a solution to overcome slight imperfections in a quick and totally comfortable way, dental bonding and immediate veneers is probably the answer. It is performed with a ‘composite’ material that mimics natural tooth structure, which is bonded to your tooth to correct four main issues. Composite work is ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.
- Small gaps
- Minor tooth rotation
- Minor tooth shape alterations
In some cases this technique can be more prone to staining and may not last as long as porcelain veneers – so selecting the right option is vital. Once again, this is why the consultation process is so important. We’ll take you through everything you need to know before making that final decision.
What are the benefits of composite veneers over porcelain veneers?
In the short-term, they are far more cost effective however it’s important to also think about the long-term implications too. Whilst they are much cheaper than porcelain veneers they do not last as long and need replacing more often, they could end up costing more in the long run.
The cost of bonding/white fillings at our dental practice in London starts at £115. Again, we would recommend an initial consultation to review your dental health so we can recommend the best course of action for you and your budget.
The cost of Dental Veneers
If veneers were a vehicle, they’d be the Rolls Royce of the dental industry. It’s a premium treatment that creates the ultimate smile makeover. Whilst a more invasive procedure, veneers make it possible to transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth into brand new straight white smiles.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin laminates or shells of tooth-coloured material (which can be porcelain or composite (white filling material). They are ‘cemented’ to the front surface of teeth to dramatically improve their appearance.
What are Veneers used for?
There are a wide variety of reasons why people opt for dental veneers. The top four reasons we come across in The Dental Centre London include:
Staining – badly stained teeth that simple cannot be improved by teeth whitening or professional cleaning.
Damaged teeth – teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or fizzy drinks, as well as those that have been chipped or broken, can benefit from veneers. A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colour as your natural teeth.
Gaps – spaces between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers, giving you a more uniform-looking smile.
Crooked teeth – veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth as we would rather preserve your natural teeth structure, orthodontics or Invisalign braces would probably a better solution. However, these treatments can take up to a year. For teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile.
How much do Veneers cost?
It’s a question we hear almost daily! What’s the price of the perfect smile? Veneers at our practice typically cost just over £5,000. Many clients opt for a brand new smile by applying 8 new dental veneers at approx. £640 each.
Sound expensive? It’s well worth bearing in mind that your veneers could last ten years, so the cost per year is actually exceptional value for money. One of my clients highlighted only last week that she typically spends more on her traditional beauty treatments that her teeth.
Let’s do a quick calculation on the averages people spend on beauty:
- Hairdresser £50 every 6 weeks = £450 per year
- Nails – manicures, care and varnishes, face creams and make-up =£50 per month = £600 per year
TOTAL cost = £1,050 per year
So over a 10 year period you will typically spend around £10,500 on beauty treatments. So the cost of a sensational white smile is essentially half that amount. It’s a real eye opener when you look at the price of veneers from this perspective.
To invest in this considerable outlay, our practice plan through Denplan Care is recommended.
What should I do if I want cosmetic dentistry?
If you’re self conscious about your teeth, the first thing to do is to book an initial appointment with us so we can help you achieve a celebrity smile. Our expert team will listen to your concerns, investigate the issues and recommend a suitable treatment plan to help you achieve that perfect smile. The perfect smile could cost you as little as £115.
The information in this blog post is for guidance purposes only, individual treatment costs may vary according to your own clinical situation. Why not come in for a dental health check today and discuss your concerns with one of our London based dentists… call us today on 020 7679 7186.