HomeHealthHealth Conditions

The affordable and quick solution to achieving the perfect smile


25th Feb 2020 Health Conditions

4 min read

The affordable and quick solution to achieving the perfect smile
Did you know, 42 per cent of people say their teeth are the number one thing they want to change about their physical appearance? 
So, it's hardly surprising that cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever. From teeth whitening to braces to veneers, people are willing to sacrifice more money, time, and effort than ever before to get that winning smile as a way to improve their appearance and boost their self-esteem and confidence.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are ultra-thin, translucent pieces of composite resin material or porcelain (ceramic) shells, which are fixed permanently to the front of your teeth using a special glue in order to create instant perfection. 
The idea was conceived back in the 1920’s by famed Hollywood dentist Dr Charles Pincus to boost the quality of the smiles of actors and actresses - as a result he achieved the trademark smile that became the mark of Hollywood beauty – something that has only become more sought after in this day and age by ordinary men and women across the globe who are seeking that dazzling smile for themselves.

Why get veneers?

Veneers are perfect if you want to make your teeth appear natural and healthy. Typically, veneers are placed on the front of the teeth to brighten the teeth, mask discolorations, whiten teeth, and improve your smile.
The cosmetic enhancements are made from materials that closely resemble the natural dental enamel’s appearance and can usually be attached to every individual tooth, or to the precise tooth that has a dental flaw. Modern technology has made dental veneers more lifelike, convenient, stronger, and to reflect light in a similar fashion as the natural dental enamel.
As such, they're the perfect solution for patients wanting to fix any of the following issues:
  • Filling the gaps between teeth or minor misalignment
  • Perfecting teeth that have become chipped, worn or cracked
  • Improving the look of smaller-than-average teeth
  • Rounding off overly-pointed or peculiarly shaped teeth
  • Whitening permanently stained, discoloured teeth
  • Enhancing the look of poorly shaped or crooked teeth
There's a good reason why more of us are opting for veneers. In short, they last longer than bonding – between seven and fifteen years before you need to get them replaced. They also do not require any particular special care – just continue to follow good hygiene practices including brushing twice daily, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash as you normally would.
Not only that, the overall look is superior. As such, the general consensus is that veneers are a worthwhile investment for those seeking a healthy, natural smile.

Advantages of dental veneers over other procedures

The benefits of veneers over similar alternatives include:
  • Veneers provide amazing strength and natural appearance.
  • The offer stain resistance and durability. As opposed to teeth whitening procedures that will require several annual touch-up treatments, dental veneers offer more dramatic results that last for several years.
  • Veneers can enhance confidence, self-assurance and happiness more so than alternative treatments.
  • The composite resin and porcelain are better tolerated by gum tissue.
  • Dental veneers are typically more lifelike than other enhancements. The veneers enhance confidence, self-assurance and happiness more than the alternative treatments.
  • The veneers do not require extensive shaping procedures.

How much do veneers cost?

Cosmetic dentistry and in particular - veneers in the UK do not come cheap. Dental veneers are only available on the NHS if there's a clinical need. This means they would need to improve the health of your mouth and not just improve how your teeth look so it's quite rare to get them on the NHS. You would therefore need to save up and pay for them yourself – and they can get quite pricey.
The average cost of composite veneers varies between £150 - £400 for a single tooth. However, many people find they are better off with porcelain veneers as these last longer and are less likely to become stained and these cost a little more with prices ranging from £500-£1000 per tooth. As most people will generally require a set of 20 veneers, you can see how the cost begins to mount up quite substantially – with many people simply going without that much longed for smile to give them back their confidence – because they just cannot afford the huge fees that come with it.

The affordable solution to achieving the perfect smile

However, there is a solution that can save you both a lot of money and a lot of time too. A growing number of patients are now travelling overseas to get a better deal on cosmetic dentistry - this is especially true of veneers. Getting veneers in Turkey offers some of the most affordable prices in Europe, where you could save nearly 70% on their dental treatments. For example Smile Dental Turkey veneer prices start from $200, which is up to 6 times cheaper than in the UK and USA! Not only does this mean that you can get your dream smile at a significantly lower cost but as a lot of the Turkish dentists that come highly recommended are based in tourist destinations such as Izmir, Antalya and Dalaman – you can also get a holiday in the sunshine to boot.
But Turkey doesn’t only offer the best prices in Europe - it also offers the best services – with many dental practices offering free transfer services and free accommodation packages for patients so you have the option of all-inclusive dental travel. The aftercare options are also very good in Turkey, with nearly all dental clinics offering a no worries warranty for their work. Plus, it’s also worth noting that the country is well known to have some of the best smile designers in the world, so much so that even celebrities are going to Turkey to achieve their perfect smile - which should give you an indication and some reassurances about the quality of the dental treatments available there.

How long does it take?

At home, it would usually take 2-4 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. However, dentists in Turkey are equipped with the latest dentistry technologies such as 3D/CT scanning, digital x-rays and computer aided design/computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) which means you would need, at most, 5 days in total. 
So if you have a tooth or teeth that you feel looks unsightly – whether that’s due to cracks, discolouration or chips and it is making you feel self-conscious or impacting on your self-esteem, then Turkish veneers are definitely worth considering and researching as specialist dental care in Turkey has the expertise and facilities to provide excellent quality at affordable prices. 
Cosmetic dentistry can have a huge impact on people’s lives and many leave after treatment feeling much more confident in their own skin – which in our opinion – is always a worthwhile investment.
Keep up with the top stories from Reader’s Digest by subscribing to our weekly newsletter