Dental veneers, crowns, composite bonding, smile makeovers.

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 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.

‘Turkey Teeth’ is used 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?

So what’s the harm in shaving off tooth surface to have ‘shark teeth’ anyway?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrity ‘veneers’ which are crowns with 80% of tooth structure removed

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 10 new crowns on the top, and 10 new crowns on the bottom in your 20s, that’s at least 2 teeth that will have died by the time you’re in your 30s. 

The only options available to you after that are either the removal of the entire tooth or having a root canal. And the same again in the next 10 years and on, and on.

Read that again. 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 surface off. So if you’re in your 20s, that’s a lot of work and money and time in the chair to keep your teeth for all of your life.

In the UK, patients are protected by medical negligence laws and regulated by the General Dental Council. In the UK, when dentists prep teeth for crowns, at most they will only take away 15% away 

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 dentist to sort out an issue?

This can be costly, painful and many dentists won’t even take on patients who have had this work done, and refer you back to the clinic where you had the work carried out.

Regardless of where you have decided to have either crowns or veneers, it is extremely important to be able to clean around them to keep them in tip-top condition to prevent any gum disease that can further damage the tooth.

So make sure that whoever fits them shows you how to clean with floss, little brushes, water flossers and other essential products.

It’s essential to properly clean around crowns and veneers

 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 until 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. Composite bonding, Invisalign, and teeth whitening can all be used to achieve great smiles, but without the damage. And you’ll still look great.