A Guide to Smile Makeovers Abroad


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Do you want to improve your smile? Changing the shape, color or length of your teeth as well as altering the look of your gums and lips can give you a more attractive look, and the technology and expertise available abroad can give you a smile makeover while you are on holiday – at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at home.

You’re not alone if you want a more appealing smile – there are countess studies and surveys around which show there are masses of people who are embarrassed to smile in photographs, and an overwhelming majority who think that an attractive smile is more likely to help them psychologically in giving them the confidence to get the job they want and their ideal partner. A smile has a lot to live up to.

What is a smile makeover?

Smile makeovers improve the esthetics (look) of your smile and may involve one or more cosmetic procedures. It does not necessarily mean the same thing for everyone. One person may simple want their amalgam fillings replaced with white fillings, while another may want laser teeth whitening, or another may want a number of different procedures to give them the perfectly straight, white Hollywood smile. 

Whatever procedures you need, Dental Departures works closely with dentists across the globe who can assess your situation, usually with the aid of photographs and digital x-rays which can be emailed, give you a quote, and arrange for you to have the smile of your dreams constructed by your chosen dentist.

The beauty of traveling abroad for a smile makeover is that many of the procedures are fairly quick, taking from as little as one day to maybe a few days if you want lots of veneers.

What will improve the look of my smile?

Crooked Teeth and Gaps:

Usually orthodontic treatment is required, which means wearing braces for several years. However, using dental veneers which cover the teeth, a crooked smile or a gap can be transformed instantly into a straight, even smile using multiple veneers.

Broken or chipped Teeth:

Depending on the nature of the damage options include cosmetic bonding, crowns or veneers. 

Missing Teeth:

Crowns, bridges, dentures and dental implants are used as a solution for missing teeth.

Gummy Smile:

If your gums appear too long this is easily remedied with surgical or laser gum contouring.

Stained, yellow or discolored teeth:

Easily remedied with laser teeth whitening, lightening teeth by up to 14 shades in a matter of hours.

The Cost

This will depend on what you have done and where you go but as a rule of thumb you will generally pay between 60 and 85% less for these procedures than you would at home and for multiple procedures it may be even more.

Amanda Duffy

Amanda Duffy is an expert in the field of medical and dental tourism having written extensively on the subject for a number of years. She is currently a key figure on the editorial team at Medical and Dental Departures.
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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment