Due to costly surgery trips, a large number of Britons are doing their own fillings with over-the-counter kits. Although this works as a temporary remedy, our dental experts strongly advise against doing your own fillings, especially for delicate situations—any issues concerning your teeth and mouth will require professional help.
Despite the promise of free healthcare, the increasing stigma attached to poverty and inequality is blocking access to healthcare for the poorest people in the UK. And although dental care shouldn’t be costly, some people just do not have the money and there are grim tales of a generation of bad teeth on the rise.
Quick Fix, Bad Teeth
DIY dentistry is fairly common in the UK. First aid kits are widely available and families and individuals that can’t afford regular dental check-ups temporarily tend to their dental emergencies, such as lost fillings, caps and crowns using the same.
More than 250,000 kits are sold each year across the country. They use half a course of a drug and keep the rest in case something comes back. Meanwhile, if a neighbour or a friend has an emergency, they give the rest of the kit instead. If the kit runs out and the problem worsens or comes back, they purchase another.
Lack of Access
People are often turning to over-the-counter kits because they find arranging an appointment as not only costly, but also bothersome. They have to go to pay-as-you-go phones, which means waiting for the community centre to open up at around 9AM, and by then, many say it’s already too late to schedule a meeting.
Some also feel a little embarrassed and judged when they fill out forms that help with the cost, as dental treatments are not the most affordable of commodities. It’s especially harder for homeless people or those coming out of prison who have little to no access to dental care.
Although our dental practice can’t bring costs down low enough to ensure affordability across all sectors, we promise to provide our patients with cost-effective treatments and services. We are passionate about your treatment and its positive benefits.
A visit to the dentist is usually the last thing people want to do. Complex dental procedures, lengthy appointments and costly treatments do not necessarily endear dental practices to prospective patients. That is not how things currently work, however.
Most Brits nowadays make it seem like going to the dentist is the same as going shopping, thanks to recent studies about an increase in dental visits and profits. The surprising thing is that they are doing it because of smile makeovers – a series of cosmetic procedures designed to improve the teeth’s overall appearance. This trend has caused dental practices to expand their services to accommodate customers who are looking for cosmetic procedures.
Smile Makeovers on the Rise
Research shows that the British dental industry grew by about 46% between 2000 and 2010. The Care Quality Commission revealed that the value of the dentistry market rose to £5.7bn at the same time. Among those figures, £3.3bn (58%) went to NHS treatments and £2.4bn (42%) to private dentistry.
Smile makeovers came out as among the leading drivers of demand. Revenues of the private sector, which handles oral health and appearance, grew from £1.2bn to £2.4bn. The number of patients rose by 50% in 5 years for one dental practice alone.
Changing perceptions in oral health is one reason many people go to dental practices. For them, good teeth are not limited to undergoing tooth extractions, fillings or root canal treatments. Good oral health means having a complete set of pearly whites as well.
Most people go for dental veneers and teeth whitening treatments, allowing them to have celebrity smiles like those of Kylie Minogue and Holly Willoughby. Those with crooked teeth get clear, removable braces so they can eat and speak better compared to those who wear traditional metal braces.
The unlimited customisations that people can do with their teeth are another factor. Oral health experts note that more men are undergoing high-end aesthetic dental procedures. They usually adorn teeth with crystals, diamonds and other decorations. Some go over the top by having their names and favourite cartoon characters inscribed on their teeth.
Changing Lives through Smile Makeovers
A smile makeover makes a huge difference in people’s lives. Not only does it improve their oral health, it enhances their appearance, confidence as well as opportunities in life. It is not an accessory but more of a necessity.
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Oral health covers both function and aesthetics of the mouth. The interesting part is that the benefits of a great oral health extend to the rest of the body and the quality of life as a whole. Your teeth affect your appearance, your self-perception and your perception of others’ perception of you.
Given its holistic impact, investment in your oral health is an investment in your quality of life. So the question is not ‘why invest?’ – But rather, ‘why not’?
Here are two of the most powerful reasons to get started on your road to dental wellness.
Infections have a body-wide effect
Hundreds of species of bacteria live in the human mouth, some potentially causing diseases of the gums and bones supporting the teeth.
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which, when left untreated, may advance into periodontitis.
As the disease progresses, infected gums start pulling away from the teeth, pockets or abscess will begin to form. This allows the infection to eat away at the bone and cause the tooth to loosen in its socket.
Though this sounds like a dental problem, studies show gum infection can prompt a body-wide, systematic invasion increasing a patient’s susceptibility to serious conditions. These include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and even premature births for women.
Brits rank smile as the best feature
Many people feel conscious about their smile due to a general negative perception of its appearance. Some refuse to flash one because of specific reasons, such as a lone crooked tooth or yellowing front teeth.
In a British Health Foundation study, 58% of the respondents admit to being unhappy with their smiles, with ‘discoloured’ teeth as the biggest reason and ‘crooked’ teeth coming in second.
The study says a smile is the first thing Brits notice when meeting a new person, with teeth rated as the most important body feature, overtaking face, hair body type and height.
The truth is undeniable: when it comes to making a good first impression, nothing beats a brilliant, glowing smile.
Maintaining the health of your teeth and taking actions to improve them will bear a number of physical, mental and social benefits, including better interpersonal and career opportunities. Investing in your oral health is investing in yourself.
” From the moment you enter the surgery and are greeted by the friendly, professional, reception staff, you know you are in a comfortable place. ”
” I first used Vogue Dental Care in my mid 50’s after having had only one course of dental treatment since my teenage years. My reason for not visiting a dentist for so long wasn’t because my teeth were fine but simply because I was afraid of going. The practice couldn’t have been more helpful. Obviously Dr Katechia had to tell me the worst, but before the serious treatment started I had 2 visits to get me used to the whole idea of the dentist’s chair again – removing plaque, polishing – that sort of thing. These proved to be very settling and I was able to proceed with a lengthy series of treatments which I couldn’t possibly have handled a few weeks earlier. ”
” I have been a patient of Vogue since 2003, After having some horrendous experiences with dentists in the past, it was a great relief to find a dentist who listened to my requests and advised me with genuine concern for my requirements. ”
” At Vogue, I have has extensive crowns and bridge work done, as well as implants. All these have been very successful. ”
” I can honestly say I have never found a more impressive practice in the area. Their genuine attention to the patient is by far the best I have ever seen in any dental practice. ”
” Your membership plan makes cosmetic dentistry more easily affordable and available to everyone and the new plan for whitening for life is great and so easy to do yourself. ”
” It’s a pity Dr Katechia wasn’t around when I was in my teens. If he had been I would not have gone through odd problems brought about over the years as a consequence of my failure to go for regular checks or treatment because of my hyper nervousness of dentists. ”
” In my wife’s and my own experience Dr Katechia takes a professional and modern approach in the care of his patients, coupling this with consideration and gentleness when carrying out treatment. Visits to the dentist are no longer worrying experiences. “