How Does Having A Dental Treatment Abroad Work?

Do you need dental work? Do you have a passport?

dentistryIf you’re nodding your head yes, then maybe you’re already considering dental travel. Each year thousands of Americans, Australians, Brits and Canadians travel for a dental treatment abroad. Some popular destinations include Mexico, Thailand, Costa Rica and most recently, Central Europe. The reasons patients travel abroad for dental treatments vary, but usually, the driving factors include price and time. Even including the price of travel and accommodation, patients save on average 50-75%.

In order to better understand the why’show’s and possibilities of dental travel, here are 3 common scenarios that explain the advantages of having your next dental treatment abroad.

1. One-Day Dentistry (2 Day Visit) 

Thanks to CEREC technology, patients can have a new smile in 24 hours. By using a 3D camera and special software, the dentist can create, polish and fit new crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays or bridges during a single visit. This is perfect for having a dental treatment abroad. If you’re traveling from the UK, a flight to central Europe only takes less than 2 hours and is often less than £35. Patients who choose CEREC are often able to save the most, and stay a maximum of 1-2 nights. 

2. Short-Gap (5-7 Day Visit) 

For patients traveling further distances (United States, Canada), an ideal trip will last 5-7 days. Popular treatments include veneers and crowns and the procedure is split into two visits.

  • Day 1: Arrive, Consultation & Impressions, Temporary Crowns/Veneers (Visit #1)
  • Day 3: Diagnostic Dental Wax-Up (Smile Preview, optional during Visit #1)
  • Day 5-7: New Veneers/Crowns Fitted, Depart (Visit #2) 

Another reason people are choosing dental treatment abroad is to travel– duh! Instead of spending thousands more to stay home and visit their local dentists, patients are combining low-cost dental treatment and their vacation. For instance, from Prague, Czech Republic (Central Europe) it takes only a few hours to travel by train or bus to Vienna, Budapest, Berlin and Munich. Because dental work generally requires little to no recovery time, patients are free to travel and take advantage of new sites and culture.

Cost breakdown:

This was the case for Salutara patients, Paul Cogan, professional baseball scout with the LA Dodgers, and his wife Carol. In 2016, they couple traveled to Prague, the Czech Republic for dental work. After years of what Paul considered “band-aid fixes”, he and his wife of 31-years, and parents of three decided it was time to finally put an end to Paul’s dental fiasco and explore Europe in the meantime.

  • For the cost of the treatment (4 porcelain crowns + examination, OPG photo, Anesthesia- $2,000/approx. $438 per crown)
  • Four nights in Prague ($200)
  • A train ticket ($37) and one night in Vienna ($55)
  • Two nights in London ($130)
  • 2 round-trip flight tickets ($1,479)
  • Price of food + other expenses (approx. $500)

All in all, the Cogan’s spent roughly $4,400 (USD)Compare this to the average cost of dental treatment near San Francisco, California, which can be as high as $1,800 per porcelain crown (*often excluding the price of examination, OPG photo, Anesthesia), and their total savings stretched well over two thousand dollars. 

“Coming to Prague for Paul’s treatment was out first time in Europe. We wanted to make this trip more than just dental work, so we planned for a lot of sightseeing in between visits to the clinic,” Carol added in an interview with Salutara. “We toured Prague Castle, the Jewish Cemetery, Wenceslaus Square, Prague Zoo and took a train trip to Vienna. Prague is a very friendly, affordable city, and easy to get around on foot or by public transport.”

3. Longer-Gap (3 months) 

Often times, patients experience more serious dental issues (i.e. dental implants, missing bone, etc.). As a result, two trips may be necessary. While this may seem like a more pricey option, extensive dental work in the United States and the UK tends to cost a small fortune. It is often uninsured as well. 

Trip #1:

  • Day 1: Arrive, Implant Consultation & 3D Scans
  • Day: 2-3: Make Implants, Depart 

Trip #2: 3 Months Later

  • Day 1: Arrive, Crown Consultation
  • Day 2: Implantation (Stay 1-2 nights)
  • Day 3 or 4: Depart

After returning home, a local dentist can remove their sutures during a follow-up appointment For patients making two trips, it is a popular opinion to extend the first visit and soak up their surroundings much like Paul and Carol. 

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Patient Profile: A Home Run Smile-Dental Crowns

A Home Run Smile- Dental Crowns

Paul Cogan, long-time professional baseball scout for the LA Dodgers, is no stranger when it comes to finding the best. The father of 4, and husband of 31 years, travels the United States each year searching for the most talented, up-and-coming players to recruit. However, despite victories on and off the field, Paul’s dental success was striking out big time. That is until after years of quick fixes, and “bandaid” procedures, he decided to look abroad for dental crowns.

Recently, Salutara had the opportunity to sit down with Paul, and his wife Carol, to discuss their trip to Prague, the Czech Republic, and why they traveled half-way around the world for help.

From California to Europe 

Salutara: Explain your decision to travel abroad for dental crowns. Had you ever traveled abroad for a medical procedure before? 

Paul: Never! Up until now all my dental work has been done in the U.S.. But I have several friends who have sought medical advice abroad-mostly Asia- and they felt very comfortable with their experience.  So that’s how the seed got planted. When I knew I needed crowns, I started looked into Asia and Latin America, India and Europe. From the beginning, I had a certain fondness and trust in Europe over anywhere elsewhere- but that’s just me.

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Paul and his dentist post dental crown procedure at Mediestetik clinic, Prague

How important was price when making your decision? Where there any other factors?  

Well, price was a factor but certainly not THE factor.  I needed the comfort factor first and foremost- then price.  The difference between most countries was nominal as far as cost. For me, it was Prague and Salutara that stood out from the rest and helped me to make my decision.

Working With Salutara

How about the support from Salutara when you arrived in Prague? 

I almost felt like a celebrity- it was amazing. My wife and I were met at the airport by Petr and Martin (Salutara Co-Founders) and immediately felt a connection and level of trust. The whole Salutara staff was outstanding.

Carol: I have to agree. Not only did Petr and Martin met us at the airport, but they took us to our first appointment and met us at our last. They also visited with me while my husband was in the dental chair and gave me tips on where to eat and what to see in Prague. We were extremely satisfied!

Did you get to do any additional traveling or sightseeing during your trip? 

Carol: Yes of course. We toured Prague Castle, the Jewish Cemetery, Wenceslaus Square, Prague Zoo and took a train trip to Vienna. Prague is a very friendly, affordable city, and easy to get around on foot or by public transport. We made the most of our time!

Paul Cogan (left) with his wife, Carol, and Salutara Co-founder, Petr Vankat, at the Marriott Hotel, Prague

And what was your experience like working with Salutara to facilitate your procedure? Did you feel like you were cared for and in good hands?

Yes I did. Salutara was professional and caring. I felt that was cared for and in good hands throughout the entire procedure. Their expertise and professionalism was evident from the very first communication via email, to the moment they said goodbye as our taxi to the airport arrived.

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What questions or concerns did you have for your dentist at Mediestetik during your consultation? Were you satisfied with the clinic?

Very satisfied! Going into the consultation I basically knew what to expect, but was advised which crowns and techniques would be best. The communication was easy and the language barrier was not a problem- I mention this because I know this is a worry of many patients who travel abroad for a procedure. The dentist anticipated my needs and was quick and efficient.

Carol: I’d also like to add that the staff was extremely professional and that the facility and equipment were state of the art. We couldn’t have been more impressed!

How long did the entire procedure take? Was it painful?

For all my crowns, I spent a total of 4 hours in the dentist chair, 2 hours in preparation to create a mold and a final 2 hours to install. I didn’t need any Novocain and they were very sensitive to ensure my comfort. There was no pain at all.

The Final Score

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Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is quickly becoming Europe’s hottest spot for dental care.

For other people thinking about dentistry abroad, would you recommend working with Salutara and coming to the Czech Republic? 

I already have and will continue to do so.  People think there is a big risk involved when traveling abroad for medical care, but I give them full assurance there isn’t. Never before have I had such a pleasant dentist office experience until this.

Carol: Do not hesitate working with Salutara or Mediestetik! We plan on returning for more dental work in the future.

And most importantly, how are you enjoying your new dental crowns?

Like a kid! For the first time in ages I don’t mind smiling wider and can finally eat properly now. They feel fantastic!

Thank you Paul & Carol!- Your team at Salutara

 

 

 

 

 

Is Dating Someone With Bad Teeth A Deal Breaker?

Imagine you’ve been set up on a blind date. You don’t know anything about this person except that your mutual friend thinks, “you guys would be great together”, and that he/she has an affinity for dogs and works in finance. So you put on your Sunday best, take a quick shot of liquid courage, and head off to a nice (but not too nice) restaurant to find out if the stars have finally aligned. However, when you finally meet said person, you immediately realize the one thing your friend conveniently failed to mention- they have terrible teeth.

Do You Have A Winning Smile?

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As of 2016, professional teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.

For many people, bad teeth are a deal breaker. In fact, a recent study suggests that nearly 50 percent of us believe that a great smile is the most important feature in making a good impression; and even more important when considering a potential love interest.

In a recent interview, Dr Mark Hughes, founder and clinical director of the Harley Street Dental Group in London, comments on the importance of a good smile. “If someone has a strong smile, you feel they are a strong person and that is very attractive. It is becoming more and more culturally unacceptable to have discolored, missing and crooked teeth.”

Similarly, according to psychotherapist and novelist, Lucy Beresford, our brains are hardwired to associate good teeth with youth. “Having good teeth is a sign of youth and fertility-in our psyche, good teeth equal fitness and vitality.”

But what about the other 50 percent? Are bad teeth always a hard no, or can their be charm in a slightly imperfect smile?

New York native, Megan, 26, agrees with the latter. “I love a quirky smile. I think when it comes to teeth, health is more important than perfection,” says Megan. “If someone’s smile isn’t blindingly white, or they have a couple of crooked teeth or a gap, it’s definitely not a deal breaker. Just so long as they are confident in their smile and own it. Yellow, unhealthy teeth on the other hand- no way. Hygiene is important.”


“I love a quirky smile. I think when it comes to teeth, health is more important than perfection.”- Megan, 26, New York


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A ‘diastema’ is a space or gap between two teeth. It is actually a very common trait among many species of mammals.

Indian fashion photographer, Anushka Menon, also doesn’t mind a few flaws. “I love the gap!” she says in a recent interview with Vogue. “When you have a face and body to go with it, that imperfection seems like the icing on the cake.”

Sure a million-watt Hollywood smile is not always realistic; and models can get away with gapped-tooth grins; but what about the rest of us? Surely not everyone is as open-minded as Megan when it comes to the dating scene.

For Samuel, a 31-year-old consultant from Queensland, there is nothing cute or charming about a bad smile. “When I meet a girl it is the first thing I notice. I’ve gone out with girls with crooked and discolored teeth before and honestly, it was distracting. Maybe I’m shallow, but I think bad teeth are a major turn off. I know that not everyone can afford braces or cosmetic surgery, but even just a little teeth whitening can go a long way.”


“I’ve gone out with girls with crooked and discolored teeth before and honestly, it was distracting. Maybe I’m shallow, but I think bad teeth are a major turn off.”- Samuel, 31, Queensland


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12 out of 20 woman confessed that having a great smile is one of the biggest turns-on in a man.

Gretchen, a 34-year-old mother of two from London, also advocates getting a little help if your smile isn’t naturally as appealing as you’d like.

“When I was in my early twenties I had a terrible time dating and meeting men. Growing up, my family did not have enough money for braces, so I always had slight space between my front teeth. I’m not sure it was something other people noticed much, but it absolutely killed my self-esteem. I could never laugh and flirt with confidence like my girlfriends. And any time we took group photos I’d give my best, toothless grin. So at 25 I decided to save up and get porcelain veneers. For me it was about feeling comfortable in my own skin and finally fixing a pesky problem. I think my newfound confidence must have been noticeable because I met my now husband about 6 weeks after the procedure.”

Ultra popular dating app, Tinder, also released recent data to support that people who smile in their profile photos (regardless of the shape, color or size of their teeth) receive 10 times more ‘swipes right’ than those who don’t. 

“I think it’s all personal preference,” Adam, 23, Philadelphia adds. “When I meet someone out at a bar, or online, I am much more interested in their personality and interests, rather than how white or straight their teeth are. Sure, looks are important, but someone’s smile is only a small fraction of what makes them “datable” or attractive.”

5 Best Celebrity Dental Makeovers

Think the rich and famous are born with those beautiful, white, flawless smiles? Guess again. Even some of the biggest stars once had smiles that were…less than camera ready. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, some gnarly grins have been turned into beautiful, Hollywood smiles. Here are our 5 Best Celebrity Dental Makeovers:

5. Nicolas Cage

Regardless of what you think of his acting skills, Nicolas Cage didn’t always have a red carpet smile. To help boost his imagine (and career), Cage upped his game by getting a full set of dental veneers. Now we’re just waiting for that Travolta, Cage Face/Off sequel.

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4. Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham

Ever wondered why Posh never smiled? After Spice Girls fame and scoring the most famous footballer on earth, Victoria decided it was time to have a smile that matched her royal lifestyle.

poshh 3. Zac Efron

Zac Efron was not always the sexy, talented, presumably shirtless movie star we see on screen today. Cosmetic dentistry helped turn his boyish grin into the flawless smile of a Hollywood heart-throb.

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2. Miley Cyrus 

Miley has literally transformed before our eyes since her sweet, tween days on Hannah Montana. While she’s been busy twerking, partying, and riding naked on wrecking balls, she has also upgraded her smile with a perfect set of veneers.

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1. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is the definition of a movie-star, but his smile was nothing short of a “mission impossible”. Thanks to some whitening, straightening and ultimately a full set of dental veneer, Tom is the leading man we know and love.

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We vote Tom as the #1 Celebrity Dental Makeover! 

 

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How I Got My Jacked Up Teeth Fixed Quickly And On The Cheap

A rugby player’s journey to a winning smile

Even a brute like me needs help sometimes, and cosmetic dental surgery changed my life. I know- not the first thing you’d expect to hear from a member of the Greene King IPA Championship. And I’ll admit, it would be much easier for me to talk about rugby or relive last years semi-final game against Bristol, but that is for another time.

My journey to cosmetic dentistry started long, long ago, when I was just a lad. My two brothers and I always used to fool around, beating up on each other in the yard, driving my poor mother mad. By the time we reached year five each of us had broken an arm or leg, or chipped a tooth or two-or three. I grew up in a working class town in the West Midlands, so trips to the dentist were few and far between. Regular cleanings and braces, let alone cosmetic dentistry were far beyond our means. Unfortunate for mum and dad, the injuries only increased after we all started playing rugby. Had they known then I’d make a career out of it, I think they would have ran for the hills.

As a forward I have received my fair of bumps and bruises over the years. From dislocated shoulders and fingers, to bum knees and concussions, I’ve pretty must run the gauntlet. And while these all healed, thanks to our team trainers and therapist, my chipped and broken teeth did not. As I am sure you can imagine, quite a few more teeth have been knocked around since my childhood. Even with a mouthguard it is hard to avoid all damage. On the field I didn’t think twice about my gnarly grin, but off the field- it was a nightmare. Even nights at the pub I could feel myself losing face anytime a pretty young lady said hello. Not to mention, years of poor dental hygiene had left my teeth discolored are far from the pearly whites most women dream of. I was a grown man and I had to do something to fix this. Immediately. 

Finding a cosmetic dentistry clinic

Swallowing my pride I approached one of my trainers an afternoon after practice and asked for some advice. I felt her eyes go straight to my broken smile. “Have you ever considered cosmetic dentistry. You know, veneers?” 

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Of course I had considered it, but that was all I had done. I had absolutely no information and didn’t even know what kind of treatment I needed. From the little research I had done, there seemed to be an overwhelming amount of options and I was not tech savvy enough to start some internet witch-hunt for answers. That sounded like a major headache and I didn’t have time. Instead I decided to take a recommendation from my trainer and visit a clinic in Liverpool. Blinding walking into the clinic I was given a warmish welcome and immediately asked to take a seat in the waiting room. Nearly thirty-five minutes later a dental assistant lead me to a consultation room. There I waited another twenty-five minutes until my surgeon casually arrived and greeted me. About time. Ten minutes later I was walking out of the front door.

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The surgeon recommended that I have six of my top front teeth covered fitted with ceramic veneers. Estimated price? £450 per tooth. I’ll do the math for you-that’s  £2,700. Not only that, but to create the molds and fit the veneers it would take between 2-3 weeks. For that money I’d expect the veneers magically appear. I don’t know any Brit who’d pay the money.

Next stop-London. I had a feeling the price would not be much better but there were significantly more clinics to choose from, and some that offered CEREC® Veneers. I learned about CEREC® from my trainer, (short for CEramic REConstructions), the most advanced technology for robotic dentistry which allowed dentists to create the perfect set of veneers in one short session. This sounded too good to be true. When I arrived at the consultation I was greeted by the dentist in the first five minutes. Good sign. I followed him to the examining room where we chatted about the rugby season and weather. Another good sign. He checked out my teeth and said it would be an easy quick fix. Yet again. And then he mentioned the price- £825 per tooth. Thats £4,950 for a surgery he promised would take less than two hours. Not a chance.

After trying several more clinics in the London area, to no avail, I decided to direct my focus elsewhere. It was not uncommon among professional athletes to leave the UK for treatment. Throughout the years I  had several teammates travel to France or other European countries for major surgery, all of which returned safe and sound. I started to wonder if cosmetic dentistry abroad was a possibility as well? I then did what all intelligent men of the 21st century do- I Googled Best Veneers Abroad.

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To my luck and surprise, when I searched for Best Veneers Abroad, the results were endless. Heaps of clinics seemed to be looking for patients just like myself. I narrowed my search to cosmetic dentistry clinics in Europe and began comparing prices. It was madness. I spent the next three weeks individually comparing clinics, dentists, treatments and prices- which were often not listed. I made dozens of phone calls and sent dozens of emails before deciding that there must be a better way to do this.

Click Here To Find The Best Veneers Abroad 

That is when I found it. An end-to-end, full service platform that allowed me to instantly compare clinics on multiple levels. It listed everything from prices, clinic technology and equipment to each dentists individual profile and languages spoken, all completely transparent and accessible. I found a clinic in Prague, Czech Republic, and was immediately able to contact the dentist directly. It was reassuring to have all of my questions and concerned answered by the professional who would be performing the procedure. The platform also assisted in arranging flights, accommodation and transportation, all while acting as s personal advocate throughout the trip. Brilliant. 

My Journey to Prague

Shortly after speaking with my dentist, I had a round trip ticket booked for Prague. Thanks to the CEREC® technology I would be flying out of London on a Tuesday, getting my scan (digital molds) and veneers the same day, and returning on Wednesday. I did not have to miss a single training or practice. When I arrived after my short two hour flight, I was greeted at the airport and taken to my hotel in the heart of Prague. In awe of the city’s beauty and culture I started to think I should have made this visit a proper holiday. When I arrived at the clinic my dentist, who I had spoken with prior to arriving, immediately greeted me as I walked in. It was modern, impeccably clean and everyone spoke fluent English. If I didn’t know, I’d have sworn I was back in the . In the next 90 minutes a digital scan was taken of my teeth, the CEREC® veneers prepared, and the veneers applied and fitted.

Throughout the procedure my dentist and the staff gave me their full attention and focus, which I know from my frequent trips to the hospital is not always a certainty. The price was also quite handsome. The cost of each individual veneer was only £380- £2,280 total. Including my airfare, and one nights stay in the centre of Prague, the entire journey cost approximately £2,500. Once again for those who don’t enjoy maththat is nearly a 50% savings of £2,45o.

The Final Score

When I arrived home it was amazing to see the reactions of my teammates, friends and family. The changes were subtle, but the compliments I received quickly confirmed I had made the right decision. No longer did I feel self-conscious introducing myself to someone or smiling at a pretty lady. My mum and dad are certain that grand-babies are in their near future due to my new smile. We’ll see about that. 

As an athlete I understand the importance of setting expectations and following them through. Both the end-to-end online platform and my dentist and staff were stunning examples of professionalism and dedication to their work. Not once did I feel uncomfortable, mislead or that quality was being sacrificed. With each step I had the guidance, information and support I needed. As an athlete I also like to win, and without a doubt my cosmetic dentistry journey and new smile were a victory.