We all want nice teeth. That celebrity-style smile, with perfectly straight white teeth! But celebrities aren’t blessed with the perfect smile, they pay a lot of money to get one, but what do they get done? And, how much does it all cost?
How to Get Straight Teeth?
Straight teeth can be created in three ways: braces, veneers, or orthodontic headgear.
Orthodontic headgear is usually used to correct the growth of the face and jaw in addition to straightening teeth, but it does come with braces for getting your teeth straight as well. This treatment can be done on teenagers or adults, but anyone with growing bones will see changes in their face along with the treatment. This is not reversible and can take up to two years for results. The cost of this treatment can vary wildly based on where you get it done!
Braces are the most popular option for straightening teeth, although they do take longer than headgear, they are permanent. You can get braces for kids as young as 9, though adults tend to be around 16. The cost of braces varies depending on location and treatment plan – ranging between £1000 to £8000
Porcelain Veneers can also create straight teeth but are less popular than braces or headgear. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that can be bonded onto teeth in order to create a new aesthetic over the top of the old tooth. Once again,
these are not reversible and you must wait for them to fall off when your treatment is finished. With this treatment, there is considerable work done on the part of the patient to make sure they look after their veneers properly, such as changing toothbrushes and toothpaste. These treatments can run anywhere from £500 up to £4000
Why do I need straight teeth?
Apart from looking at celebrities for inspiration, you may want to get your teeth straight if they are causing you pain. Crooked teeth are more likely to be damaged by plaque or food particles that get stuck between them – leading to decay of the teeth. Dental work is also easier on an orthodontically straight set of teeth!
How to get white teeth?
The easiest way to get white teeth is probably from a box. Whitening kits are available for all the price ranges mentioned above and you can choose what type of whitening you would like. All-in-one trays with bleaching gel apply a good amount of bleaching gel over a long period of time, usually an hour a day for two weeks. This type of treatment is also non-reversible and can cost around £18
Teeth Whitening treatments are performed by the dentist in the chair – you sit there as they bleach your teeth. One treatment takes about 2 hours and offers immediate results that will last anywhere from 1 to 3 years.
One thing to consider if you want whiter teeth is that the chemicals will wear down your tooth enamel, so it is important to be careful with what type of foods and drinks you eat whilst undergoing this treatment. This type of whitening is also reversible – so once it’s finished, your teeth can go back to their original color!
Teeth whitening can cost anywhere from £150 up to £500, depending on which type of treatment you decide upon. If you do decide to book an appointment for this type of dental work then make sure that whoever is doing the treatment is a registered dentist, otherwise, it may cause more harm than good!
What types of food should I avoid to keep my teeth white?
Your teeth can get stained by coffee, tea, red wine – even fruit juice. It is best to try and keep these drinks away from your teeth in order to maintain their hygiene!
Replacing Lost Teeth
A missing tooth can really knock your confidence, so what options do you have? Dentures are removable false teeth that fit over the bone in your mouth.
There are several types of dentures available on the market, from standard to snap-on and even implant-supported. Dentures can look very natural depending on who does them, but they do tend to have a metallic or plastic appearance that can be off-putting for some people. You can choose to have them made up in a few days, but if you are unhappy with how they look you can always get them adjusted! Dentures usually cost between £400 and £800
Teeth Implants are probably the most effective way of replacing teeth – there is one dental implant that screws into your jawbone and another part that becomes your new tooth.
Implants take months to do and cost a lot of money but will last for years and look so natural! They can be used to replace single teeth or all the teeth in the mouth – it is completely up to you. There will be no more worrying about losing your teeth again, as they are permanently attached and the implant bodes into your jawbone – so no more falling out or coming out when you eat!
Dental implants generally cost between £1500 and £4000 depending on what type of work you need doing. For example: if you just need a crown then it will be cheaper than if you wanted to replace all your teeth. Implants are also irreversible so you will need to be sure that this is the treatment for you!
How much does all this cost?
The total cost of cosmetic dentistry can vary massively depending on what you choose, you can do cheap adjustments such as whitening kits, but for the best results, expect to pay out a fair bit of money!
Speak to an expert, such as the dentists at Bhandal Dentistry, to find out what your mouth needs and what would work best for your teeth. Don’t just follow what others say, speak to someone who knows.