Dental veneers, crowns, smile make-overs.
Does it matter what you get? It’s all the same isn’t it? How do you know what’s best for you, and what’s a good deal?
It can seem really tempting to travel abroad to far flung shores for a ‘dental holiday’ and be put up in a swanky hotel with some dental treatment thrown in.
They’re great! Right?
‘Turkey Teeth’ is a new phrase to describe super-white, super-square teeth which millennials in particular are keen to get. Social media influencers are going abroad because they are impressed by slick looking clinics and cheaper prices. But is it all as it seems?
Often patients think they are getting veneers, when most of your tooth is still there, only a tiny bit is shaved off- (ie, taking half a millimetre off just the front of the tooth). But often, what they actually get is crowns, which needs the tooth shaved down to little pegs, or ‘shark teeth’ as the social media influencers call them.
So what’s the harm in having crowns instead? They look great!
The problem is, when you’re very young and have all this work on your teeth, it can damage the nerve underneath, but why should you care?
Because, if you have 8 new crowns on the top, and 8 new crowns on the bottom in your 20s, that’s at least 2 teeth which will have died by the time you’re in your 30s.
The only options available to you after that is either removal of the entire tooth or having root canal. And the same again in the next 10 years and on, and on. Not such a great idea now?
Crowns/Veneers need replacing every 5 to 15 years. So if you live to 80, that’s a lot of replacements. And every time, it costs more money, and takes more tooth off.
In the UK, patients are protected by medical negligence laws and regulations. In the UK, dentists will not shave healthy teeth off in this way because of the damage it does long term. Only if the tooth is damaged will they consider it. The same isn’t true abroad. So what does that really mean?
So when you come back to the UK, what happens if you have a problem? Would it surprise you to know that about 75% of patients need to see a UK dentist to sort out an issue?
That also costs extra money despite the offer abroad for free replacements. And since Covid, you can’t even fly abroad to take them up on their offer.
Regardless of where you have decided to have either crowns or veneers, it is extremely important to be able to clean around these structures to keep them in tip top condition to prevent any gum disease which will further damage the tooth.
So make sure that whoever fits them shows you how to clean them with floss, little brushes, waterflossers and other essential products.
Get regular appointments (every 3 months initially) to see a Dental Hygienist/Therapist who will clean where you can’t, and help you clean better at home.
Maintenance is an ESSENTIAL part of having cosmetic work done, so that they last as long as possible. Do LOTS of research before you make any decisions about who you trust and where you go.
Discuss all options, and take time to think it through. These teeth have got to last you til you’re 99, and once the tooth is shaved off, it can’t be undone.
There are lots of other options for healthier straight, white teeth. And you’ll still look great.
So 2020 is my year.
Who am I kidding? Every year is my year. I love my life, and I love what I do. So why does it sound so cliche? So insta-ready? So boring?
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not a machine.
I’ve got my mental demons the same as everyone else, I have good days and bad days.
Days when I don’t want to get out of bed and days when I feel so insecure and inadequate that I feel totally overwhelmed. Days when it all seems so totally hard and lonely and scary.
Days when I look in the mirror and I don’t see smiling eyes and a warm expression. Days when it just all feels too much.
But even on those dark frightening days, I find myself feeling grateful.
Grateful that I have a home and a family and friends. Grateful that I can laugh, and make people laugh. Grateful that I get time to be quiet. Grateful that I’m a wife and a mother. Some days I’m just grateful to be alive.
Gratitude and a passion for caring is my default position. My factory reset. I care about my life, my family and my friends. I care about my home and my environment.
I care about the way I treat people. I care about fairness and trust and integrity. I care about truth and honesty.
I care about calmness and quiet and peace. I care about having the freedom to express who I am and be who I want to be.
I believe in the power of kindness and the magic of trust. I believe in being transparent and helpful and a good friend. I care about how I make people feel.
I believe in empowering ourselves and our future generations to go out there and seek out their purpose. I believe in valuing our worth.
I believe in the universal language of a smile. Smiling and laughing are the things I love best.
Making my patients feel safe and cared for and relaxed are honestly the reasons that I’m a dental hygienist.
Yes, I love the scratching, and measuring, cleaning and polishing and treating the disease. But that’s just what I do.
How I do it is by working with people who believe what I believe. In a clean and bright environment with state of the art technology.
But Why? Why do I do what I do?
I believe I understand how to make people feel better about themselves, feel more confident, and relaxed. I believe I can make people smile. I believe I can make a difference.
I just choose to clean peoples teeth for a living.
If you’ve not found your why? Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ZoJKF_VuA
Finding the Why By Simon Sinek
I love this quote.
I first saw it when I attended The Womens Organisation in Liverpool.
I was there to get some much needed start-up business advice when setting up the studio. This quote greeted me as a small plaque on the reception desk. Immediately I knew that I would meet like-minded, positive and empowered women.
When I was little, I was always told to be a ‘good girl’ and ‘behave’. So consequently I was a very quiet and sensible young lady.
Now, people who know me in my current form know that I’m neither quiet or sensible, so when I saw this quote I was thrilled that me coming out of my box was ‘OK’ and that I didn’t have to be seen and not heard anymore. I have to confess though, I did come out of my box a long time before I learned of this quote!
I love how the ethos of The Women’s Organisation is to empower women.
I love seeing women empower each other and support each other. I love that being in my mid forties I’m no longer worried about what others think of me.
I’m still kind and polite, honest and trustworthy. But I’m also scared and unsure of myself and brave and confident all at the same time. I love being a dichotomy of personal traits and I think I love this quote because it celebrates all of us.
So my message is : be empowered and brave. And go out there and make some history of your own.
…and don’t worry about being well behaved enough