Private dental care

What is private dental care?

Private dental care is available to everyone, you don't need insurance and there's no membership or contract involved.

It's all about choice. You choose from a wide range of treatments you can't get on the NHS, at a time that suits you, with different types of payment options available to you.

So, whether you're looking for a routine check-up or a smile makeover, private dental care might be the right choice for you.

What are the benefits of private dental care?

  • Flexible appointment times: Evenings, early mornings and weekend appointments are often available as a private patient.
  • Longer appointments: You’ll typically have more time in the chair during private appointments. This allows us plenty of time to listen to your needs, get to know you and provide the advice and choice you need
  • Wider choice of services: As a private patient, you can access a wider choice of services unavailable on the NHS to help improve your smile. This may include adult teeth straightening, professional whitening, white fillings, implants  or an entire smile makeover.
  • More ways to relax: If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist , you can access a wider choice of techniques to help you relax, including dental sedation
  • Appointment availability: With private dental care, you can usually be seen relatively quickly
  • More ways to pay: You can pay per appointment or sign up for a subscription plan. There are also finance options available

Better dental care.

By Bupa Dental Care.

We’re the leading provider of private dental care in the UK.1 To discuss becoming a private patient, or for further information, find your local Bupa Dental Care practice.

How to get private dental care with us?

It's easy. You can simply book a new private patient exam at one of 400+ Bupa Dental Care practices around the UK and Ireland.

For more specialist dental care or a more luxurious environment, you could choose to join one of our Platinum practices.

Ways to pay for private dental care

Bupa Dental Care is making private dental care more accessible to more people. You can choose from a range of payment methods, depending on which works for you:

  • You simply pay for the treatment you have, at the time you have it
  • Bupa Smile Plan . This is a pay-monthly subscription plan so you can spread the cost of your routine dental care, including check-ups, hygiene appointments and X-rays across 12 easy payments. You can also access the benefit of 10% off selected treatments*
  • Payment options available . In partnership with Novuna Personal Finance, we can offer you a loan at 0% APR** for up to 40 monthly repayments† to cover the cost of your treatment. Speak to your local practice to learn more
  • Instant claim on your Bupa dental insurance . If you have a Bupa dental insurance policy and visit a Bupa Dental Care practice within our dental insurance network, the practice submits the claim directly to us, and we take care of it without you needing to do anything further

What’s the difference between private dental care and NHS?

There are several differences between private dental care and NHS, including the services available, the appointment length and appointment times.

Can you mix NHS and private dental treatment?

If you’re one of our NHS patients, and you'd like a private treatment, you can choose to pay privately for treatments which the NHS doesn’t cover, such as veneers or teeth whitening. Just talk to your dentist for more information.

What dental treatments are only available privately?

Several treatments are only available on a private basis. On the NHS, you can access services required to keep your mouth healthy, such as check-ups and fillings, while private dental care offers a full spectrum of dental services. These include:

Find a Bupa Dental Care private dentist near you.

What about children's private dental care?

Although all children are entitled to free dental care on the NHS, some families prefer to have the whole family treated privately. This may be for the benefits listed above, or to have parents and children treated at the same practice.

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1 Source: LaingBuisson, Dentistry UK Market Report, 5th ed. If you require verification please email
2 Average price stated for a private check-up is based on published prices at 324 Bupa Dental Care practices as at March 2019.

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