Stay In The UK For Quality Cosmetic Dental Care
It may be tempting to fly abroad for the promise of a new smile and a bit of sun. But is it worth compromising your long-term oral health for?
With the rise of celebrity culture, Brits are increasingly interested in cosmetic dental work to improve the appearance of their smile. A new set of teeth can radically overhaul a person’s image and confidence which can open many doors socially! As consumers look for procedures such as veneers or dental implants to be carried out, cost is an immediate concern as these treatments don’t come cheap in the UK. Consequently, some are tempted by the option of ‘dental tourism’ which involves travelling overseas to places such as South-East Asia, Eastern Europe or the Middle East to receive cosmetic dental treatment at rock-bottom prices whilst enjoying a bit of sun. Sounds good so far, right? Unfortunately, there are multiple dangers associated with taking such a trip. Read on to find out why staying in the UK is safer for your dental health.
Do You Understand The Scope of the Treatment?
Language barriers can be a common problem when opting to go overseas for your dental treatment. Make sure that you fully understand what the treatment involves, how many visits are required and what to do if you have any queries or side effects following your treatment. Unfortunately, there are multiple reports of patients flying back to the UK with nerve damage, over-prepared teeth, increased tooth sensitivity and infections. Gum health can also deteriorate when dental work has been carried out quickly which is why any cosmetic dentistry should usually be carried out over a series of appointments with a dedicated aftercare plan in place. This is usually difficult to fit into a two-week dental holiday!
It’s concerning that consumers appear to spend more time researching which new car to get rather than the quality of standards and regulations for dental practitioners to follow in the country they’re visiting for their cosmetic treatment. Some countries simply do not have the same rules which protect dental patients in the UK. In this country, dentists have indemnity insurance, extremely high standards of training and our clinics are frequently inspected by the Care Quality Commission. If you’re planning on going abroad for your dental treatment, then carry out thorough research about the standard of service you’ll be receiving and ensure that your choice of dentist belongs to a professional regulatory body.
Why Is Your Treatment Cheaper?
The UK undoubtedly has a higher cost of living than other countries who are offering similar cosmetic procedures, but is this the sole reason why it can be cheaper to have your treatment carried out overseas? If you’re getting a new set of veneers done for example, can you be sure that the materials used are the same quality that you’ll be receiving in the UK? Or is it that the dental practitioner doesn’t have the same level experience as a dentist here? Make sure you look into both the qualifications and experience of the dentist who will be treating you personally, along with the materials that you’re paying for. Remember, for example, that cheap implants may be rejected by the body.
Affording High Quality UK Dentistry
Staying in the UK for your cosmetic dental work is actually a lot more affordable than you may realise, particularly with interest-free payment plans available when you book in for a smile makeover.
Begin by visiting a reputable and regulated UK dentist who will offer a free consultation to discuss the health and condition of your existing teeth and come up with a realistic plan to transform their appearance. Protect your oral health by sticking to UK dentists in 2020!