For a top private London dentist you will pay between £600 – £1500 per tooth. They will not necessarily be any better quality between top and bottom prices. You need to go to the dentist that you feel most comfortable with, in addition to what you can afford.
Of the 2 dentists I saw, one charged £1,200 per tooth the other £695 per tooth. I felt more comfortable with the cheaper one as a person, but had I have felt more comfortable with the more expensive dentist, I would have paid more.
Some dentists will charge you for your initial consultation which can be anywhere between £30 and £150. My 15 minute consultation with the first dentist was free – but I felt rushed and didn’t go ahead with the procedure. Free is not necessarily always best. With the second dentist I paid £75 for an hour consultation where we went through all my needs and worries and created a digital design, it put some of my fears at rest, so for me it was worth it.
You may be charged separately for your impressions and your temporary veneers. Some dentists don’t charge up front for this, but don’t be under any illusion, nothing comes for free in this world. If you have not been charged up front, the cost for these will be hidden in the price of the veneers.
You may also be charged for gum reshaping, usually around £80 – £100 per tooth and/or whitening usually around £500 -£750 for a full set.
Some dentists will roll this all in to one cost and some will break it up for you. Either way, the price is pretty much always negotiable, so ask if they can do you a deal. If you sign up before the end of the month and can pay in cash, you will get an even better deal!
Most dentists offer finance. If you take the finance option, you will be in less of a position to barter the final price with your dentist – but try as hard as you can.
You will usually be given the option to pay over 12, 18 or 24 months at between 7.5% – 9.9% APR (this is what I have seen so far). You might be able to get better finance elsehwere so a personal load may be a better option.
You have to fill in a form and get credit checked. It should take about 24-48 hours. It seems that Hitachi is the main financer for dental finance, although I’m sure there are other financers.
The dentist may also offer 0% finance over 10 – 12 months. If you choose this option you will still be credit checked and also have to supply 3 months bank statements to demonstrate that you have disposable income each month.
If you decide to have finance for the entire amount, you must have applied for this at your dentist and had it approved before you have your impressions. The full amount will likely be taken at this appointment.
If you don’t take finance, you will probably have to pay for the impressions at that appointment. Your remaining balance will be taken either at the end of the process or in chunks during the process. They don;t usually like you paying for the whole thing in full at the end – in case you leg it I suppose!