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October 27, 2020
Stuart Miles

Is a Private Dentist Expensive?

Is a Private Dentist Expensive?

This is a question that we get asked a lot, the answer might surprise you.

If your dental health is good and you don’t need anything other than routine appointments
Believe it, or not, in this instance, private dentistry can be more cost-effective than going to see an NHS dentist. The reason is that routine appointments can usually be paid by way of an on-going dental plan.

So… Is a private dentist expensive?

Comparison of a couple ( any two from the same household )

NHS cost of two six month check-ups per person – £45.40
NHS cost of two routine hygiene appointments per person – £124.20 ( this is a thorough clean on band 2 )

Total Year Cost of NHS Dental Treatment – £339.20

Smiles Centre Private Couples Smile Plan, this cover the four routine appointments for both members – £24.99 x 12 months = £299.88

Total Year Cost of Private Dental Treatment – £299.88

So, for a couple of people with no treatment requirements, it is £40 a year less to go private!

Here is the link to all the Smiles Centre monthly plans –

What are the benefits of going private?

Speaking as a private practice, we typically have a lot more time to spend with our patients, our emphasis is all centred around providing exceptional service to our patients. It is true to say that Coronavirus has thrown a spanner in the works to our usual level of service, however, there is still a relaxed and calm environment for us to provide a great level of care, for example, at present, our receptionist will come and greet you at your car with an umbrella if it is raining! There are many reasons to go private but here at a few bullet points

Benefits of Private Dental Treatment

  • More Time Per Appointment
  • Relaxed Atmosphere ( great for nervous patients )
  • Latest Equipment
  • Better Quality Materials Used
  • Guarantees on Work Completed ( up to 5 years )

At Smiles Centre, our on-going mission is to provide such a fantastic service that our patients actually look forward to their future appointments. This is achieved more than you might think, often, those that first come to us with a severe level of dental phobia now actually enjoy their visits.

Here is a link to our dental practice reviews – Smiles Centre Google Reviews

What about the cost of treatment?

We already asked, is a private dentist expensive, but, let’s take a look at a typical patient who requires a filling and an extraction, this is assuming that the work is done at separate times and therefore charged individually ( I find the pricing structure confusing )

Cost of NHS Filing – £62.10

Cost of NHS Standard Extraction – £62.10

Total NHS Cost is £124.20

Smiles Centre Private Fees Cost

Cost of Smiles Private Filling – £65 to £147 ( one to three surfaces )

Cost of Smiles Private Standard Extraction – £159

If we take a middle option on the filling, that’s £115 ( two surfaces) and then we add the cost of extraction, the total cost of private is £274

Total Private Cost is £274

The good news is that you can get this down by 10% if you are on one of the plans as mentioned above, let’s take that as a given. Again, is a private dentist expensive? This means the private cost is actually:

Total Private Cost is £246

This is pretty much double the price, however, there are ways to spread the cost of treatment with interest-free payment plans and you’re getting the additional benefits as mentioned above, if you then put it as a package, the total cost comparison is as follows

Year Cost of NHS as a couple with treatment including routine – £587.60

Year Cost of Smiles private as a couple with treatment including routine – £791.88

On that comparison, it is £200 more per year or less than £9 per month per person to upgrade to private including on-going treatment.

Less than £9 per month more per person for private dentistry

There are exceptions

NHS charges will depend on your situation, age, employment status and being pregnant are all factors and in many cases, will mean free treatment.

All Smiles Centre Prices can be found on our Prices Page

What About Cosmetic Dental Treatment?

This is kind of irrelevant as cosmetic work isn’t typically an option for NHS patients, Smiles Centre offer an extensive range of cosmetic work such as composite build-ups, teeth whitening, implants and very detailed, natural and great fitting dentures. For more information about our cosmetic work, please see this link > Smiles Centre Cosmetic Dental Treatment <

It is worth noting that you don’t have to be a regular patient to have cosmetic treatment, some of our patients choose to see an NHS dentist but just make appointments with us for their cosmetic work as and when they require it.

What do you think? Is a private dentist expensive?

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May 18, 2020
Stuart Miles

Swindon Dentist to reopen after Covid


At Smiles centre, we are working really hard to enable us to open up our dental practice as soon as we possibly can. That said, we understand that some of our patients will not want to be visiting the dentist just yet, that is absolutely understandable, we will be ready to serve you as soon as feel confident that it is safe to do so.


Swindon Dentist to Reopen After Covid Facing Unprecedented Costs 

We also have our own complications to overcome in the reopening, we will not be able to operate as much clinical time as our appointment times need to spread out with gaps in between appointments, we also have to factor in the cost of additional PPE. At present, we need to order over £8,000 and expect an ongoing cost of £4,000 to £5,000 per month.


As we continue to make plans, we would really appreciate your input, if you could answer the following two questions, it would help us enormously

If Smiles Centre reopened 1st June 2020, would you be confident attending an appointment? Live

  • No, It is too soon
    15% 100 / 655
  • Yes, but only if I need an emergency treatment
    25% 168 / 655
  • Yes, but only if additional PPE is being used and precautions have been implemented
    59% 389 / 655



To Help Us Overcome the Financial Burden, We Are Considering Applying a £15 PPE charge to Some Appointments

To ensure the safety of all our staff and patients, would you be prepared to pay an additional fee per appointment? Live

  • No
    38% 228 / 598
  • Yes
    20% 120 / 598
  • Yes but £15 is too much
    42% 254 / 598

Thank you for taking part in our survey, it will help us form our plan to reopen our dental practice in Swindon.


If you would like more information about how the coronavirus is affecting dental appointments you can check out the latest NHS info guidance at

If you have any questions, you can request a callback and one of the team will be in touch, there is a form on our contact page here. Alternatively, you can call our main reception number 01793 722266 and leave a voicemail with your details.

January 8, 2020
Simon Miles

Celebrities Smile.

Celebrities Smile

Celebrities Smile.

Look at her t…..
Kirsten Dunst Celebrities Smile

Ok so heres a better picture of Kirsten Dunst and her celebrities smile, a bit younger here but she still has the same teeth.

Kirsten Dunst  Celebrities Smile

See the lateral here that sticks out, just like mine. She’s not beautiful because of her crooked teeth, my crooked teeth certainly don’t make me beautiful, so what is it that makes us all feel bad about our teeth? Well its a natural instinc to find teeth and eyes attractive. Bright alert eyes, healthy gums and white teeth convey good health and therefore a long term mate. Straight teeth do not enter this equation though, and sometimes crooked teeth can be an attractive feature also.




Lets look at another celebrities smile. Here’s an image of Scarlett Johansson when she was younger, here teeth are not straight but she still looks great!

Scarlett Johansson  Celebrities Smile

Here’s a picture of her when she’s a little older, towards the end of her brace treatment and you can see how much straighter her teeth are, clearly an improvement on her teeth before the treatment.Scarlett Johansson  Celebrities Smile

But what about the other things that affect the way our teeth look, like colour, shape and size etc?

Heres another celebrities smile. Will Smith, when i think i Will Smith i remember him in fresh prince of bel air. A young cocky lad full of confidence.

Will Smith  Celebrities SmileWill Smith  Celebrities SmileHow confident do you think he would have been if he had a tooth missing?
Do you think he would have gotten the part if he auditioned with a tooth missing? Do you think he would have had that confidence to smile with a missing tooth. Any one of his teeth could be a crown or bridge and we would never know.

What about Britney Spears celebrities smile.

Britney Spears  Celebrities Smile
Let’s give her some caries (tooth decay).

Britney Spears  Celebrities Smile

Very common in young women, we see this when as a child are given too many sweets, sugary drinks and fruit juices. Look at the difference it makes to her though. This is not something she would have to live with though, we could easily get her looking amazing again.

Look at this celebrities smile.

Leonardo DiCaprio  Celebrities SmileAgain fixable, he could have his teeth built up or replaced and it wouldn’t take too much time to get Leonardo looking like Leonardo again.

Leonardo DiCaprio  Celebrities Smile

Here we have Brad Pitt with his cheeky chipmunk grin.

Brad Pitt  Celebrities Smile

Here’s what he would look like with stained teeth

Brad Pitt  Celebrities Smile

This is so common with people who are over the age of 30. Over time our teeth naturally darken. Teeth whitening toothpaste is not going to help this guy, it’s just not. Turmeric, charcoal, all these things are good at removing extrinsic staining, that is the staining on the tooth surface, but it’s never going to whiten the teeth the same way that a dentist can whiten your teeth, even oral hygiene with a great hygienist cannot get rid of intrinsic staining, that is, the staining within the body of the tooth, its just not possible. The only way to do that without damaging the tooth is with a dentists prescription whitening gel. It’s easy and within a couple of weeks you can have your teeth whitened and the difference this one treatment can make is amazing and you don’t need to be a millionaire to afford it either.

Ok, it wouldn’t be fair to photoshop Brad without having a go at Jenny celebrities smile.

Jennifer Aniston  Celebrities Smile

Worn teeth! Look at this, look at how worn teeth can change your appearance!

Here’s the original. I’ve not changed anything on this image except the length of her teeth.

Jennifer Aniston  Celebrities Smile

This is common in people that grind their teeth, usually at night while they sleep. We can help prevent this from getting worse, which is the first course of action (preventative dentistry) and then look at ways to rehabilitate and fix the problem (restorative dentistry). It can be a bit more work and costly than some of the others we have looked at but it’s still something we can put right and it would give massive benefits to the person having this treatment.

We see this a lot with denture wearers, acrylic teeth on dentures can wear down much quicker than the enamel of our teeth but the fix is a lot quicker too. And there are things we can do to prevent this from happening so rapidly in the future.

And last but not least we have Tom Cruises celebrities smile.. This is what he would look like with a mouth of bad crowns.

Tom Cruise  Celebrities Smile

Don’t worry tom, we can help you out.

Again, you don’t need to be a millionaire. Yes dental treatment can be expensive but the benefits can be life changing. It really is life changing. And we have different payment option available including interest free which we can discuss with you. We treat lots of nervous patients here too, if you are a bit worried you can book one of our very popular meet and greet appointments, that’s where you get to meet a dentist and just have a chat, it’s free and we do it so you can get to meet the dentist that will be treating you if you decide to join our practice. I have a fantastic team of dental care professionals here at the smiles centre and we would love to meet you.

Tom Cruise  Celebrities Smile

Come and see us, tell us about your story and we’ll help you get to where you want to be. We may not be able to get you looking like jennifer anderston or brad pit but we can give you some of their confindence!

November 19, 2019
Stuart Miles

What is a Dental OPG

Smiles Centre Swindon has just had a dental OPG machine installed

What is an OPG machine?

A dental OPG is a panoramic wide view x-ray of the mouth which displays all the teeth on a single image. Part of the machine then rotates around your head as the images are being taken. During a cephalogram procedure, you will be asked to stand or sit in front of the x-ray machine and small pegs will be placed in your ears to help align your head. The scan typically takes less than 30 seconds to complete.

OPG machine at Smiles centre Swindon Dentist

The practice can use the image to evaluate and diagnose treatments, they are often taken prior to oral surgery such as implants or complicated extractions.

Smiles Centre charges £75 to patients of the practice for an OPG but this is reduced for those patients that are currently on a Smiles Centre payment plan. You can find out more about our Smile Plans here.

What are the radiation risks?

What are the benefits vs. risks?


  • No radiation remains in a patient’s body after an x-ray examination.
  • X-rays usually have no side effects in the typical diagnostic range for this exam.
  • Panoramic x-rays can be used for very young children since the film does not have to be placed inside the mouth.


  • Women should always inform their dentist or oral surgeon if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

What are the limitations of dental opg Panoramic X-ray?

A panoramic x-ray does not provide precise and detailed information about each individual tooth or soft tissues, such as the muscles. It is generally used as an initial evaluation of the bones and teeth. Because your mouth is curved, the panoramic x-ray can sometimes create a slightly blurry image where accurate measurements of your teeth and jaw are not possible. If your dentist or surgeon needs more information, a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be ordered. This may include Dental Cone Beam CT, an imaging exam developed specifically for this part of the body.


April 20, 2019
Admin Admin

Best Practices for Your Daily Oral Care Routine

There are few things as important as your dental care, and while we all know how important our teeth are, we’ve all made the mistake of overlooking their hygiene. In this article, we’re going to show you the best practices to keep your dental care on track every single day.

First of all, visit a dentist like Smiles Centre Swindon! Yes, it can feel like a chore, but it’s what makes the most sense when you don’t know where to start. We can advise you on what to do on a daily basis and if there’s any product that could help you achieve your dental care goals.

After you’ve done that, here’s what you should do to keep on track.

Keep a Healthy Schedule

Once you’re confident you’ve found the solution to apply, make sure you keep a healthy schedule every single day. This can be hard if you love going out late or if you have flexible hours at work, but having a routine is what makes the process of dental care that much easier to handle.

Smiles Centre Swindon can provide you with a family dentistry service to improve everyone in your homes dental care habits.

The reason why electrical toothbrushes are circular is that they are made specifically to brush each and every single tooth, one-by-one. In fact, one of the best ways to improve your dental care habits is to get one of these. They are easy to operate, and they do most of the work on their own.

Stay Consistent with Your Dental Care

Staying consistent is the key to achieving a smile that will shock your co-workers and friends. If you don’t know where to start, Smiles Centre Swindon provides general dentistry services that allow you to focus on what truly matters – your teeth.

In order to stay consistent with your dental care, you have to find a rhythm. It’s hard to keep track of everything in our hectic world, but your teeth should always be your top priority.

Even then, if you’re still having trouble and you want to find a quicker solution, Smiles Centre Swindon is at your disposal. Contact us now and get your very own personalised plan created by a professional to stay on track with your daily dental care!

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