When our smiles are picture-perfect and pearly white, confidence just seems to radiate off of us.
We feel better about ourselves, we feel happier and are more energetic, and we are much more willing to put ourselves out there, step outside of our comfort zone, and really go after everything that we’ve ever wanted.
Unfortunately, the flip side of this is true as well.
When our smiles aren’t quite picture-perfect or anywhere close to pearly white, things can really start to spiral out of control.
It’s not uncommon to feel like an outcast, someone that doesn’t want to smile, and as though you are being judged from complete and total strangers around every corner – even if it isn’t happening.
Even George Washington wasn’t wild about smiling when he had to have wooden dentures put in to replace his teeth! This is why all of the portraits of the American first president show a very clenched mouth and a somewhat unhappy man!
Thankfully, modern cosmetic dentistry has absolutely transformed the way that we go about “upgrading” our smiles or repairing them, giving just about everyone and anyone the opportunity to have a picture perfect smile once again.
The only thing is, cosmetic dentistry can be pretty expensive – especially if you’re looking to have considerable work done. Not everyone has £10,000 or more to completely overhaul a smile, and even if they did, they’d probably look to spend that money somewhere else.
But this doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope.
In fact, there are a number of different things that you can do to immediately take advantage of low cost (or at least lower cost) cosmetic dentistry and get the kind of pearly white, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
You’ll be able to get the EXACT same results you would have got from a much more expensive cosmetic dentist, but you need to know exactly what you’re doing – or things can get pretty messy.
Hopefully you’ll be able to use all of the insider information in this quick guide to get the kinds of cosmetic dentistry results you’ve always wanted without having to break your bank account in the process.
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Always (ALWAYS) compare at least three different dentists
The very first thing you’re going to want to do when looking to invest in cosmetic dentistry is to compare and contrast as many cosmetic dentists as possible – in your local area and beyond – to find the one that offers the perfect balance of price, results, and your level of comfort with that expert.
Obviously, price isn’t going to be the only thing that influences your decision-making, but it’s probably going to play a pretty large role. After all, if you know that you can’t afford £3000 per dental implant you’re going to eliminate that procedure from your mind completely – a mistake you would not have made if you had discovered that you could pay £500 for a dental implant with another doctor!
The reason that it’s so important to research at least three different dentists is so that you are guaranteed to find a high price professional, a middle-of-the-road professional, and a low price professional – just by the very nature of the search.
This will allow you to better understand exactly what you’re getting into, while at the same time helping you to save a lot of money along the way.
To get even more significant savings, don’t be shy about letting your cosmetic dentist know that you are shopping this business around (especially during the early consultation). They may be willing to offer you even better deals in an effort to win your business!
Make sure that you have investigated all of your options
It’s also important that you make sure you are looking to have the right cosmetic dental procedure performed in the first place.
This is part of the reason why it’s so important for you to speak to a trusted and highly trained professional with your best interests at heart. You want to make sure that you really do need to have your teeth removed and replaced with a dental implant because of underlying issues, and not just because it’s a more expensive procedure (and more profitable procedure) than going with a full set of veneers.
There are so many different kinds of cosmetic dental procedures out there that can deliver you a picture perfect smile that you’ll want to be sure that you have gone over a number of them with your dentist before you pull the trigger on one specific direction or another.
It’s another reason why you’ll want to speak with at least a couple of dentists before you commit to working with just one of them.
Work out some kind of payment plan or financing option with your dentist
Cosmetic dental professionals understand that there is only a small segment of the population that can afford to pay cash for £10,000 (or more) of cosmetic dentistry.
Because of this, they often offer some kind of payment plan or financing option that you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of. Sometimes this will be a direct payment plan or financing option with the dental office themselves, whereas other times they will help to connect you to other more traditional financing agents (like credit unions or banks) all while giving you a better chance of receiving that loan in the process.
At the end of the day, this is definitely a subject that you’re going to want to bring up with your cosmetic dental professional before you sign on the dotted line or agree to have any work performed at all. It can save you a boatload of money, not to mention a world of headache and hassle at the same time.
Consider leveraging the services of cosmetic dentists abroad
Finally, you’re going to want to think about going overseas to get your cosmetic dentistry done.
Dentists all over the world now have access to high level training, the very best tools and technology, and all kinds of resources that simply weren’t available 10, 15, or 20 years ago – making them at least level with dental professionals across the globe.
You’ll also find that the prices for dentistry in other countries is significantly lower than here in the UK, so much so that it might make sense to go halfway across the world for a weeklong vacation just to have your teeth worked on – especially if it’s going to come out less expensive than a trip to your local dentist would have!