Understanding the Costs of a New Smile

Girl with white teeth

Today many people are considering investing in the social, aesthetic and health benefits of cosmetic dentistry in Belfast. For such patients, it can be tricky to know how to choose the right dentist to go to.

Cosmetic dentistry is often seen as the dentistry people have after their teeth have been given a clean bill of health. It focuses on the appearance of the smile, although it also often has knock-on health benefits. Finding a good dentist for cosmetic work is important. A number of good dentists offer cosmetic dentistry in Belfast, including Blue Sky Dentistry.

The costs for cosmetic dentistry procedures can vary a lot between dental practices and even between dentists in the same practice. This may seem confusing, but there are good reasons for this variation in price.

Why Prices Vary

The price of treatment will depend on how much work is being done. One white filling is cheaper than 3, for example. It will also depend on the time and amount of labour involved in a treatment. Veneers are more expensive than teeth whitening because of the amount of work involved in creating and fitting the veneer compared with making gel trays and applying the gel.

Treatment costs also vary from clinic to clinic. This may be due to location. Patients in central London will pay more than those seeking cosmetic dentistry in Belfast. Patients also pay more for reputation. When dentists win awards for their work, this public recognition means they are more sought after. Some clinics invest more in keeping up with the very latest techniques and equipment, and that is reflected in treatment prices.

Patients also pay more for experience and qualifications, especially if a dentist is a registered specialist in a particular field.

The costs of materials vary as well. Branded dental implants such as Nobel Bio care are more expensive than non-branded imports, and crowns made of porcelain are more expensive than those with a metal foundation.

Then, of course, there is aftercare and customer service. Guarantees are often built into the cost of a treatment, along with aftercare and perhaps even maintenance appointments. It is worth asking for a breakdown of costs before agreeing to treatment.