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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ten tips to finding the right facial aesthetics clinic

If you’re considering a facial aesthetics treatment in Maidstone for wrinkle reduction or to step up your skincare beyond over-the-counter lotions and creams for the first time, then you’re perhaps wondering how to go about finding the right facial aesthetics clinic.

Below, we’ve put together ten insider tips for finding a reputable facial aesthetics practitioner.

1. Choose someone who is qualified and trained
In the right hands, wrinkle reduction treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers have an enviable safety record. In the wrong hands, the results can be less than satisfactory. At Fresh Dental Care, we always tell our clients how important it is to choose a facial aesthetics clinic where suitably qualified and experienced practitioners carry out treatments. If in doubt, ask to see their credentials.

2. Check the practitioner is insured
Facial aesthetic clinics offering wrinkle reduction and skincare treatments should have appropriate insurance. Before booking an appointment, ask the clinic you’re considering whether they have medical indemnity insurance to protect clients in the unlikely event of a facial aesthetics treatment going wrong.

3. Visit the clinic first
Wrinkle reduction treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers use fine needles to inject the product into your skin. It is therefore important that these treatments are administered in a clean and suitable environment. At Fresh Dental Care, our hygiene practices are second to none because we believe in safeguarding your health and wellbeing. Be very wary of facial aesthetics clinics offering Botox at home or Botox parties.

4. Check whether a range of facial aesthetic treatments is on offer
As a rule of thumb, a reputable facial aesthetics clinic will offer a choice of different facial aesthetics treatments for wrinkle reduction and skincare. This is because they will want you to have the treatment that is most appropriate for your needs. We would advise against having Botox, for example, through a salon that doesn’t offer other facial aesthetics treatments.

5. Find out whether facial aesthetics treatments are offered regularly
In some cases, facial aesthetics specialists work across a couple of different facial aesthetics clinics, which means that they may not be available to provide your wrinkle reduction or skincare treatment throughout the week. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. At Fresh Dental Care, we would just advise you to check that the practitioner does attend the clinic regularly (at least once a week in the same location) as they are likely to be more reputable than someone who is difficult to pin down.

6. Book a free consultation
If this is your first facial aesthetics procedure or even if you’ve been having wrinkle reduction injections for a while now, it’s important to see a new clinic firsthand. Most reputable facial aesthetic clinics will be happy for you to book a free consultation. This will let you check out the staff and premises, ask questions and identify the best facial aesthetics treatment for you without being under pressure to buy. If the clinic is going for the hard sell, don’t be afraid to walk away.

7. Ask about the clinic’s follow-up service
A wrinkle reduction treatment using Botox, for example, can take up to two weeks before you see the full effect. A good facial aesthetics clinic will usually offer you a follow-up appointment to check that you are happy with the result and to make sure that small sections of the treatment area weren’t missed.

8. Cheapest is not always best
As with anything in life, you get what you pay for. With wrinkle reduction and skincare treatments, it’s important to pick a facial aesthetics clinic that delivers on value rather than price. In these tough times, it might be tempting to compromise and go for the cheapest treatment (and there are some very cheap Botox injections available out there). The thing is that, when you sacrifice quality, you may find yourself in the hands of an inexperienced or unqualified practitioner. The best facial aesthetic clinics like Fresh Dental Care deliver on experience, expertise, qualifications, an eye for detail, facial knowledge, and results.

9. Ask for social proof
Do you have friends who can recommend a facial aesthetics clinic? What are people saying about a clinic on Facebook or Twitter? Does the facial aesthetics clinic you’ve found offer before and after pictures of clients with recent testimonials? Here at Fresh Dental Care, we have some fantastic testimonials that we’re happy to share. We believe that people buy from people, they also buy based on word of mouth recommendations.

10. Know what to expect
A good facial aesthetics clinic will give you information about your post-treatment care and be happy to explain how a wrinkle reduction or skincare procedure works in more detail. By doing some background research (you can find lots of useful information on our site), you will have realistic expectations for your treatment and understand whether it is the right option for you.

Is there anything else you’d like to know about choosing the right facial aesthetics clinic? Perhaps you have been to Fresh Dental Care before and would like to share your experiences with people who are considering the treatment you’ve had. We’d love to hear from you.

Private dentistry vs. the NHS

Inevitably, people will ask why they should pay for a private dentist when the NHS offers dental care, usually at a much lower cost.

Certainly, there are some excellent NHS dentists in the UK, many of whom now offer a mix of NHS and private dental services. However, the demand for private dental care continues to be rise. Why is that? Here, we look at some of the key reasons we hear from our patients at Fresh Dental Care.

A wider choice of dental treatment options

Within its three price brackets, the NHS offers core restorative dental treatments, such as crowns, bridges, fillings and dentures. There are limitations though. White fillings, for example, are only offered in some cases, while treatments such as veneers and implants are only available on the NHS under exceptional circumstances.

As a private dental patient at Fresh Dental Care, you will have access to a wider choice of dental treatments, including implants – the most enduring and realistic alternative to your natural teeth – and veneers. This means that your treatment can be better tailored to your individual needs.

Private dentists generally have access to a greater range of materials and equipment that sit at the cutting-edge of modern dentistry.

The gift of time

Many patients at Fresh Dental Care tell us that as an NHS patient in the past, they felt their appointments were rushed and treatment was often spaced out over long time periods because appointments simply weren’t available. It is also difficult to see an NHS dentist for routine check-ups outside of conventional nine to five office hours.
As a private dental clinic, we are able to offer you the gift of time – time to discuss your case, time to identify the best treatment plan, and time to carry out that treatment to everyone’s satisfaction.

Private dentists tend to offer longer appointment times and do not have the pressure of having to achieve a certain number of ‘units of dental activity’ (pilot schemes are currently underway to see how UDAs can be phased out for NHS dentists). Longer appointment times mean we can get to know your case, your history, your fears – if, for example, you’re a nervous patient -, and also what improvements you would like to make to your smile.

Many private dental practices such as Fresh Dental Care now offer evening and weekend appointments for routine check-ups and treatments to make it easier for you to fit your dental care around your busy life, not the other way round. NHS dentists are often not able to offer this flexibility, although there may be exceptions.

It is likely that should you need a course of treatment over several appointments, you will be offered dates and times that reflect the ideal gaps between each phase of your treatment rather than long waits until the next available time slot.

A clear understanding of your treatment plan

Although the NHS offers a clear three-band price structure, unexpected charges can arise if you need a repeat treatment or similar treatment three months after your initial payment, even if it falls within the same price band.
Undoubtedly, private dentistry does cost more but the additional expense often reflects benefits such as those already discussed, i.e. longer appointment times, more thorough treatments (such as when you visit the hygienist for a deep scale and polish), better equipment, cutting-edge materials and techniques, help for nervous patients, and more comprehensive resources within the practice.

With private dental care, you should always receive an itemised outline of your treatment plan, so that you can check you understand what you’re paying for and what your care will entail.

Do your homework

Of course, just because a dental surgery takes private patients doesn’t mean that it’s good. There may be other surgeries nearby – also private – that suit your needs better. It definitely pays to shop around.
Word of mouth recommendations are extremely powerful, so ask your friends and family who they would recommend or check out case studies and testimonials on the dental practice’s website. Do you think you will want to see a private dentist who specialises in dental implants or orthodontics (braces)? This might influence your decision.

At Fresh Dental Care, we always suggest that potential patients come in for an initial consultation so that they can see the practice first hand. Our recommendation, whatever practice you visit, is to go prepared with a list of questions. We’ve put some helpful suggestions below:

Questions to ask a private dental practice

• Do you offer weekend or evening appointments?
• What out-of-hours arrangements have you made for dental care emergencies?
• What can you do to help nervous patients?
• Do you treat children?
• Can you treat children on the NHS?
• How does the practice keep up-to-date with the latest dental techniques and treatments?
• What other services do you offer, e.g. an on-site lab, x-rays, hygienist, facial aesthetics?
• Can I see a sample price list?
• Do you charge a registration fee as well as an initial examination fee? If so, how much?
• Do you provide a printed copy of my proposed treatment plan?
• Do you offer any dental payment plans?
• Do you have a dental membership scheme?

Remember, you do have a choice about your dental care. You may decide that the NHS is right for you. However, you may feel that the benefits of private dentistry outweigh what the NHS is currently able to offer.

If you have any questions at all, please give Fresh Dental Care a call on 01622 761067 and we will be happy to help.

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