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Brits Permanently Damaging Their Teeth For No Reason

There are 33,000 searches every month for Turkey Teeth, pointing to a viral trend of young Brits hunting for cheaper Hollywood smiles.

Many people flying out to countries like Turkey for “Turkey Teeth” think they’re jetting out to receive cheap veneers. But as dentists, we’re horrified after watching videos online like Katie Price’s, showing off her new “veneers” and the process. However, her new teeth do not appear to be veneers but rather dental crowns.

The big worry

Through a lack of education and understanding, patients are under the impression that they’re having veneers in Turkey but, in reality, are having crowns placed, which is why you see a much more aggressive tooth reduction process. Only dental crowns require teeth to be filed or shaved down to stubs or pegs.

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Why they’re cheaper

Dental crowns are much cheaper than veneers because they don’t require the artistry to place thin, natural-looking veneers. Dental crowns are much thicker and cover the entire tooth, whereas veneers are much thinner (think the size of a contact lens) and are designed to sit on the tooth’s front surface rather than cover it like a cap.

Turkey uses crowns over veneers because they are faster, require less dental skill and expertise, and are cheaper to manufacture overall.

The sad truth

The reality is that patients do not have to fly abroad to get “cheap veneers” or, shall we say, cheap dental crowns to makeover their smile and damage it forever.

In the UK, hundreds of private practices, just like ours, offer much cheaper veneers that do not require you to make any changes to your underlying smile, for example, with composite veneers.

Composite veneers can improve your smile dramatically (the shape, size, colour and more) without permanently changing your natural teeth, meaning the procedure is completely reversible. Plus, they only cost £350 per tooth.

Even if you were to opt for porcelain veneers, you would expect to pay £850 per tooth and, at most, would have around six if you wanted to revamp your entire smile. Placing veneers only removes a fraction of enamel (up to 0.5mm) off your smile, whereas with a dental crown, 5mm of space needs to be made.

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You’ll never get your smile back, and normal veneers will never be an option again

As a dental crown requires removing many of your natural tooth structures, you’ll have to be committed to them for life. There’s no way we can go back and replace your crowns with real veneers because there’s not enough tooth structure in place to make this possible.

Your underlying teeth will be brittle and weak, and you will unnecessarily be putting your oral health at risk. Dental crowns in the UK are used to protect and cover damaged teeth that are at risk for infection. To file down teeth when they are healthy to place a crown is preposterous and something you will not be able to reverse later.

It’s also worth noting that Turkey clinics have a 17% chance of complication, compared to 2% in the UK.

If you have any complications in your dentistry that were carried out abroad, UK dentists might refuse to treat you as the materials, systems and techniques used abroad are different, and it’s too risky. There’s no GDC in Turkey or dental jurisdiction, which means clinics abroad cannot be held accountable. Here, the CQC and GDC regulate our work.

Complications of Turkey Teeth

  • Long-lasting nerve damage and tooth pain
  • Life-long tooth sensitivity
  • Infections and gum disease
  • Exposed nerves and tooth roots
  • Low-quality crowns that might chip and break

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