As more and more adults turn to social media platform TikTok in search of stardom, UK dentists have noticed an increase in people choosing cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance. Many are opting to have treatments abroad in order to pay less – however there may be a greater price to pay than you realise when it comes to your oral health. Read on to discover more.
Cosmetic dentistry generally refers to treatments that help you to improve the appearance of your teeth, whether this is teeth whitening, adult teeth straightening or treatments such as crowns, bridges and veneers.
While some treatments such as teeth straightening or bridges can have some benefits in some circumstances, such treatments are widely considered to be more cosmetic than functional.
British dentists are trained to exceptionally high standards and are also required to follow stringent rules for hygiene, as well as patient safety. As a result, you can be sure that any procedure is carried out by a fully qualified and experienced professional, using clinically safe practices and products.
In addition, you can expect your dentist to offer you advice to ensure that you are able to make the right choices, taking into account the suitability of treatment for you as an individual.
Here at Stella Maris, for example, we have a track record of over 35 years, in which we have helped thousands of satisfied patients to smile with confidence.
Travelling abroad for low-cost dental treatments is not recommended. One popular destination is Turkey – in fact, it’s thriving trade in cheap dentistry has led to the expression ‘Turkey Teeth’. However, UK dentists have expressed concerns about the implications of undertaking such treatments when it comes to oral health.
In one recent example, a British TikTokker chose to have white crowns fitted on all of her front teeth. While she was happy with her appearance, dentists were worried, noting that a lot of healthy tissue had been sacrificed, which could lead to significant problems later on.
The general advice for those who wish to alter the appearance of their smile in this way is to consider veneers rather than crowns, as they are much less damaging to the teeth – but they also encourage patients to get this done by a registered dentist here in the UK.
In extreme cases, damage to the teeth can eventually be so extensive that dental implants are the only real option – a big price to pay for what may seem a great saving at the time.
If you are passionate about improving your smile and really wish to invest in your appearance, by far the best approach is to consult a trusted cosmetic dentist in the UK. Although you will pay more for your treatment, you can be far more confident in your long-term oral health and know that all dental procedures will be carried out in the safest possible way.
Many dentists such as Stella Maris also offer attractive dental finance solutions that can cover cosmetic dentistry – check our our Smile now, Pay Later offer for example.
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