Private dentistry costs far more than seeing a dentist on the NHS, but can it really be worth the extra money? There are some significant reasons that mean many people prefer to see a private dentist – here are some of the key things to remember: You can see a hygienist as well as a dentist. This service is not normally available on the NHS, unless you already have a specific problem. If you want to keep your teeth clean and maintain good oral health, it is an excellent idea to visit a private hygienist. There is high-tech equipment. An NHS practice will have all the necessary equipment, but a private practice might have more advanced equipment that can help make your appointments shorter, such as digital x-ray facilities. Private practices might offer more specialist treatments. If you want orthodontic or cosmetic treatments as an adult, you will usually have to visit a private practice.