We are all being encouraged to look after ourselves to prevent health issues in the future; there are guidelines for the types of food and drink we consume, with suggestions as to how often we eat or drink them will start to impair our health.
Our teeth are no different but sometimes, the run-of-the-mill check-up is not what we are looking for. It may be you want straighten crooked teeth, fill gaps or may be whiten your teeth – after all, a dazzling smile is a great confidence booster! But the expense can be off putting which is why more and more people are looking to dentists abroad for affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
This is the phrase that is generally used when referring to any kind of dental work that improves the appearance of someone’s teeth, gums or bite; it does not necessarily mean that is improves how your teeth with function and is a term that can mean different things to different people!
There are 4 ‘categories’ of cosmetic dentistry treatment that a patient could opt for:
The addition of material to the teeth and gums – this includes porcelain veneers and crowns
The removal of teeth or gums
Improving the overall appearance of teeth or gums – such as teeth whitening treatments and gum depigmentation
Straightening teeth is also seen as a form of cosmetic dentistry, although this is sometimes referred to as orthodontics; in some countries, this is offered routinely to young people but for adults, it is a form of long term treatment that incur a high cost
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Why opt for treatment abroad?
The costs of dental treatments can vary significantly from country to country; for some, the cost of having their teeth straightened and whitened, or even a gap filled with a dental implant is simply too costly and therefore, is out of reach.
But what if you knew that, for a fraction of the cost, you could get the smile you have always wanted, with new found confidence in the look and appearance of your teeth?
The answer could be just over the horizon… literally!
There have been numerous studies and research papers and they all come to the same conclusion – a high proportion of us are unhappy with our teeth. But there has been one significant stumbling block – cost.
And so, people began to look for alternative options and found that travelling abroad was the answer! Even though many people may sound alarm bells, assuming that cheaper meant poorer quality, it seems that this is not the case.
Over the last 10 years, more and more people have been travelling abroad, finding that they can pay up to 75% less for some cosmetic procedures and have crooked or broken teeth fixed in one visit. More people are seriously looking at this option and, with research and some ‘inside help’ (check out www.polishmysmile.co.uk), you could not only have the teeth you have always wanted but also a few days visiting a beautiful European city, such as Krakow in Poland.
Now that you have made up your mind to travel for more affordable cosmetic dentistry, you will need to choose the country that you think will offer you the most choice, and the best deal.
Many European countries, with their highly trained dentists, offer a large number of treatments; you can arrange the trip yourself or you can use one of the many firms that offered escorted trips to dentists in countries such as Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary. You can enjoy the delights, sights and sounds of these countries, as well as enjoying the benefits of a porcelain crown that will cost you far less…
Surely there’s a catch…?
Many people do worry that more affordable cosmetic dentistry abroad will mean a decrease in the quality and standards of care, as well as in the equipment used. However, this is not why treatments are more affordable; running costs in many of these countries are lower but the dentists – and their teams – are still trained to a high standard. Some dentists will have trained in the UK or America, for example.
The same high quality equipment and treatments are on offer and, with the help of a dental tourism company that enjoys relationships with some of the highest quality dental clinics in Europe, you could have a great break and get the teeth you have always wanted too!