Is dental tourism a good idea?

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Patients from the UK, the US, Canada and Australia are increasingly heading

overseas for dental care, looking after their teeth while enjoying a holiday abroad.

Seeking treatments ranging from dental implants and veneers to teeth whitening and

crowns, they are heading to places such as Hungary , Spain, Poland and Thailand to

visit dentists.

Worries about cheap, inexpert dental procedures in foreign countries are diminishing

as friends and family members return satisfied, demonstrating dental tourism is both safe and affordable.

 

Who are the dental tourists?

The popularity of dental treatment abroad recently made the news in Britain when

Connor Durman discussed having his veneers done in Thailand on popular television

show Love Island.

But dental care abroad appeals to a spectrum of patients, from those in their early

20s right up to the over-60s.

Older travellers might book in for dental implants, fillings, crowns and dentures, while

younger people tend to seek affordable veneers, dental whitening and other cosmetic

procedures.

 

Find a trustworthy dentist abroad

At Dental Departures we help reassure those who quite understandably might be

nervous about where to find a cheap dentist and being treated far from home.

With more than 100,000 bookings and 35,000 original patient reviews, Dental

Departures is the world’s foremost online dental travel agency. 

The website investigates and checks all listed dentists and doctors to ensure they are

trustworthy, experienced and have the correct certifications.

Potential patients can then browse the before-and-after photos, patient reviews and

location maps for additional reassurance about safe dental tourism.

Some clinics in countries such as the UK have connections with affordable dentists

abroad and will work with them during the treatment process.

For example, we list a dentist in Harley Street, London , who is connected to another

in Budapest.

Initial consultations and diagnostics can therefore be carried out in your home

country while the final and most expensive stages are completed abroad.

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Step-by-step support

So, how does dental tourism work with Dental Departures?

• Prospective patients browse the 6350 dentists in 38 different countries on the

website and can ask members of the team questions via live chat.

• Staff can offer support throughout the process, obtaining free, no-obligation

quotes and even making bookings if requested.

• Patients book their appointments and then make their travel and

accommodation arrangements.

 

Comparing costs

Those asking themselves if dental tourism is worth it should compare prices at home

and abroad to see the incredible differences.

Procedures in many of the countries where dentists on the website practise can be

up to 70 per cent cheaper than in Britain, the US or Australia.

Single dental implants , for example, can be around £660 in Turkey, £770 in Poland

and £900 in the Philippines, compared to £2,015 in Australia, £2,500 in Britain and

£2,785 in the US.

The cost of veneers abroad can be as low as £190 in Malaysia and £230 in Mexico.

Whereas in Australia they might be £860, in Britain £920 and in the US £960.

Those seeking teeth whitening will be thrilled to discover it costs about £155 in

Hungary, £205 in Turley and £240 in Spain, compared to £380 in Britain, £500 in

Australia and £515 in the US.

Our ‘ All on Four’ dental implants will cost you £8000 in Hungary and £6400 in Spain

compared to an immense £20,000 in the UK.

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Where to head for cosmetic dentistry abroad

Your destination of choice will depend on where you are based and where you would

like to visit.

For those from Britain thinking about how to get white teeth while enjoying a city

break, Hungary, Spain or Poland are good options. Others keen to go further might

consider Thailand. 

Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia would be ideal for those travelling from the States,

while the Philippines and Malaysia could suit Australians and New Zealanders.

Those considering travelling for treatment will have all sorts of questions, including “is

dental tourism safe?” These days, millions of dental travellers return home every year

with new smiles and renewed oral health, not to mention money in the bank from

discounted treatment. 

We aim to reassure you, support you and guide you through the process of choosing

the best destination and dental specialist for you.

Above all else, we always strive to ensure patients have a positive experience while

also saving money and seeing a part of the world they might never have travelled to

before.

Patthanan Mariah Sangkularb

I love reading the latest travel blogs, news articles and writing about my adventures. I'm currently studying to get a masters degree in Tech Management to further my career. At the moment I am working as a writer for Dental and Medical Departures.
To get in touch with this author, or for more info regarding this article, please contact us at author@dentaldepartures.com

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