First, what do we know about medical tourism? Medical tourism—people travelling abroad with the expressed purpose of accessing medical treatment—is a growing phenomenon associated with globalization. This includes cheaper and more widely available air travel and cross-border communication through the internet, which allows medical providers from one country to market themselves to patients in another.
If you are looking for a youthful looking smile or improving your teeth then you should take into consideration cosmetic dentistry. If your teeth are stained, discoloured, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have gaps between them, modern cosmetic dentistry is here at your disposal. Cosmetic dentists work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan.
An improved smile can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. I know it has for me. I used to be highly embarrassed of my teeth and would avoid smiling and avoid photos. It can also help to improve the health of your mouth and teeth. Replacing missing teeth will help to protect the shape of your face, ensure your bite functions properly and will prevent other teeth from moving out of position.
If you follow my other blog, Lylia Rose, you may have followed my entire train track braces and cosmetic dentistry experience. In total I spent two years and seven months in traditional metal braces and retainers. Once that was over, I had cosmetic dentistry to complete my new look. In the beginning I still had baby teeth, a peg tooth and a twisted tooth!
I had to have teeth removed and I actually had no adult lateral incisors at all, so I needed false teeth once my baby teeth had been removed. I now have a bridge and crowns covering my six top front teeth! The total cost for my braces and the cosmetic dentistry was around £6000!
It’s a lot of money. It’s no wonder people are looking for more affordable options.
As dental costs continue to rise, some people are choosing to travel overseas for treatment. With reported savings of up to 75% in some east European countries, it’s not surprising a growing number of people are looking for affordable dentistry via dental tourism abroad.
The most common treatments performed during dental vacations are typically those where patients stand to save the most, such as:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental veneers
- Dental implants
- Dental crowns
Benefits of dental tourism
Below you can find some benefits of travelling abroad for your dental care. As you read, you may be surprised to see there are far more benefits of dental tourism than simply saving a lot of money. It’s something I wasn’t aware of back when I started my orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry journey and I could have saved myself a small fortune and enjoyed many other benefits.
1. Discover a new country
Dental tourism is a novel concept of combining your paid vacation with your dental procedure schedule, which benefits customers who wish to save money or to get more value out of investment. Romania is a perfect destination for any kind of tourism and has increased in popularity for low cost dental implants during the last couple of years.
Whether you are into mountain climbing, sea retreats, religious journeys, visiting historic buildings, medieval castles or out of the ordinary touristic destinations, or even if you would just like to trace some vampires in Transylvania, Romania is the country that will give you all of these and even more.
2. Save money
40%-70% less from UK dental treatment prices: this is the main reason patients feel inclined to take a dental trip. Many places in Eastern Europe such as Romania offer cheaper dental implants than UK but keeping high standards. You can save loads of money by choosing the right country and clinic for your dentistry needs.
3. Premium dental care
Many patients say they can actually find better dentists abroad than in the UK; the clinics are more efficiently run, and the overall experience is much more pleasant for the patient. The clinic staff are usually well prepared to see foreign patients and to organise their stay and treatment.
All of the clinics abroad comply with international treatment standards. That is confirmed by certificates (ISO, the American Dental Association) and international accreditations as the Joint Commission International. Abroad clinics offer secure and high-class healthcare.
4. Skilled and highly educated dentists
The high quality of theoretical and practical training in Romanian dental universities not only attracts patients to the country, but foreign medical students also study in Romania in large numbers. Specialists have over 10 years of practice. They participate in numerous conferences for dental care to improve their skills.
Are you ready for the smile of your dreams?
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry then you should think about all the possibilities before you make your mind up, including a dental trip abroad.
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- Johanna Hanefeld, PhD, Richard Smith, PhD, Daniel Horsfall, PhD, and Neil Lunt, PhD – What Do We Know About Medical Tourism? A Review of the Literature With Discussion of Its Implications for the UK National Health Service as an Example of a Public Health Care System
- Joint Commission International (JCI)
- Citizens Advice citizensadvice.org.uk/health/dental-treatment/
- NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/going-abroad-for-treatment/treatment-abroad-checklist/
- Dental Tourism Guide: How to Get Cheaper Dental Implants and Other Treatment Abroad – https://www.dentaly.org/us/dental-tourism-usa/