With NHS dental practices turning away 90% of new adult patients and 80% of children, accessing NHS treatment is all but impossible. But private dental care is more affordable than you think, with dental membership plans to help spread the cost.
The NHS Dental Crisis
If you are struggling to find an NHS dental practice, you won’t need us to tell you that we are in the middle of a major dental crisis. According to research by the BBC, nine in ten NHS practices are not taking on new adult patients, and eight in ten are not taking on children.
With more than 2,000 dentists quitting the health service in 2021 due to what the British Dental Association calls a “broken” contract system and an £880m funding shortfall, the UK now has the lowest ratio of dentists per capita (54 per 100,000 people) in Europe, according to The Week.
The current situation is grim. But all is not lost because high-quality private dental care is cheaper than you think, especially when you take out affordable dentist membership that gives you all the care you need.
What Is Dental Membership?
A dentist membership plan lets you spread the cost of essential preventative dental care with a manageable monthly fixed fee. Dental members enjoy guaranteed access to a set number of appointments with a dentist and hygienist, which vary depending on your plan, as well as a discount on routine treatments. In addition, private dental care plans give you peace of mind that your teeth are cared for correctly without any unexpected costs.
5 Benefits Of A Dental Membership Plan
There are numerous benefits of a private dental plan, including the following:
1. Fixed costs
In the current climate, household budgeting has never been so important. A private dental care plan can help, allowing you to set aside a fixed amount each month to ensure you and your family get the essential dental care you need. Dentist membership at Ollie & Darsh starts from as little as £13.95 a month.
2. Improved Dental Health
The preventative dental care that comes with a private dental plan means that any potential problems with your teeth can be spotted and addressed early. That way, you can avoid any large-scale, expensive treatments. Your dental team will also be able to give you the latest tips on how to maintain good oral health.
3. Guaranteed Care Throughout The Year
With a dentist membership, you will never have to face the uncertainty of wondering when your next appointment might be. Instead, dental members enjoy guaranteed appointments that can be booked on pre-arranged dates throughout the year. So, rather than struggling to find an appointment, you can simply get on with your life.
4. Emergency Care
Most dentist membership plans give dental members priority access to emergency care. For instance, here at Ollie & Darsh, we offer free emergency appointments to all our patients whenever they need them. So you will never have to wait or suffer too long when you need us the most. That kind of peace of mind is invaluable.
5. Discounts On Treatments
Many private dental care plans give you discounts on treatments that go beyond the essential services of your dentist membership package. For example, we provide a 10% discount on routine treatments, such as teeth whitening. We also offer 0% finance on non-routine treatments, like teeth straightening and dental implants.
Ollie & Darsh Dental Membership Plans
Here are Ollie & Darsh, we offer three levels of dentist membership: Orange, Blue and Graphite. Our entry-level Orange Plan is a great way to access regular preventative care at a low monthly cost. For just £13.95 a month, this private dental care plan gives you access to a 20-minute dentist examination and two 30-minute hygiene appointments annually, as well as your 10% discount on routine treatments and free emergency appointments.
For an even greater focus on dental hygiene, our Blue Plan gives you four 30-minute hygiene appointments a year, an initial 60-minute dentist examination followed by an annual 20-minute appointment. For comprehensive dentist membership, our Graphite Plan gives you two yearly dental examinations (one 60-minute and one 20-minute) and four 30-minute hygiene appointments (including four Airflow teeth cleaning treatments). The Blue Plan and Graphite Plan also include 10% discount perks and free emergency appointments.
Don’t let the cost of living and NHS dental crises prevent you from getting the dental care you deserve. The lack of NHS dental care is alarming, but private dental care plans cost less than you think. A dentist membership can guarantee access to a range of preventative dental care with affordable fixed monthly fees. Not to mention, discounts on routine treatments and priority emergency dental care appointments when you need them.
At Ollie & Darsh, we offer dental plans in Liverpool for as little as £13.95, with 10% discounts on all routine treatments and 0% finance on non-routine treatments. So you can spread the cost of your dental appointments and treatments into manageable monthly instalments. We go the extra mile for your smile, providing first-class care, treatments and service to ensure your oral health is the best it can be. So why not invest in your smile today With our dental membership plan?