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Longer training, an influx of dental tourists for decades and low costs mean that for many Hungary remains the best choice for dentistry in Europe

The top clinics have state of the art equipment and their own on-site dental laboratories which mean they can offer a fast service with the highest standard of care.

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nce you start searching for a dentist in Hungary it will soon become apparent that dental tourism is big business and that the country leads Europe in offering cheap, top quality dental work. But why has Hungary become such a centre of excellence for this kind of treatment? Dentists in cities like Budapest have built up a strong reputation over many decades, in fact, historically tourists have long visited the country from neighbouring Austria and Germany to have their teeth fixed.

Hungary is a modern European country with very high standards of medical care. They have an inclusive healthcare system which is supported by the government to ensure that good healthcare is available to everyone. Many people start to look for a dentist in Hungary because in the UK, the National Health Service has made disastrous decisions about dental care. The now notorious Dental Contracts caused a shortage of dentists when it was brought into effect in 2006. The changes left many Brits without basic dental care, something which would never happen in Hungary.

The high standards of dental care stem from the six years of training that a dentist in Hungary must do to just get a basic qualification. (In the UK it’s a five year course). There is then additional advanced training for specialist treatments such as implant surgery. Hungarian dentists must continue their education by taking courses each year which comply with a points system and they must belong to at least one international dental association.

As well as the high standard of care, people travel to Hungary for dental treatment because of the incredible value for money and low prices on offer. The cost of living is less in Hungary and prices are kept low because there are so many clinics competing for business. Visiting a dentist in Hungary will cost about one third of the price of a UK private dentist. Price comparisons include paying £550 for a crown in the UK versus only £200 in Hungary. The top clinics have state of the art equipment and their own on-site dental laboratories which mean they can offer a fast service with the highest standard of care. Low cost airlines and good value accommodation make visiting a dentist in Hungary very affordable….no wonder the number of dental tourists travelling to Hungary keeps rising every year.

Hollywood smiles that you can afford

Hungary stands out as the most popular country for dental treatments, with many people combining their dental work with a city break to enjoy the sightseeing and the famous spa baths of Budapest

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ecent research shows that nearly 75% of people are unhappy with their smile. If you dream of having beautiful, even, white teeth you’ve probably asked your dentist about having some cosmetic work done. But in the UK, the NHS doesn’t cover non essential dental work which means looking into the costs of a private dentist. With the average price of a single dental implant costing £2,000.00, it’s a dream many people can’t afford. But by looking a little further afield you can find good cosmetic dentistry abroad and discover that prices are a lot more reasonable.

The last decade has seen thousands of Brits travel overseas for dentistry. Often the treatment only requires one trip and European dentists are experienced in fixing crooked, chipped or broken teeth. Veneers or crowns are the answer and make a huge difference to your smile. If the problem is missing teeth, then dental implants are the most natural looking solution and are much more affordable overseas that in the UK. Having cosmetic dentistry abroad is very common and with the right research, it’s easy to find a reputable clinic who’ll charge considerably less than a UK cosmetic dentist.

Making up your mind to look further afield is only the first step; the next is to decide which country will offer the best quality dental work, for the best price. Europe is the obvious choice for anyone travelling from Britain, with fast journey times and good English spoken in most countries it’s the place to start looking. Hungary, Turkey, Poland and Bulgaria are all destinations for cosmetic dentistry abroad. But Hungary stands out as the most popular country for dental treatments, with many people combining their dental work with a city break to enjoy the sightseeing and the famous spa baths of Budapest. The cost savings are significant, for example a porcelain crown in the UK will cost around £550.00 whilst in Budapest it will be approximately £200.00.

In Hungary, the dentists have to continue their training throughout their career, keeping the standard of treatment very high, but living costs are low so dental services are much cheaper than in the UK. Finding a good clinic in Budapest involves more research and it’s best to look for recommendations from other Britons who have had treatment there. Going through a UK operator can add a level of comfort as you’ll be able to get all your questions answered before leaving home. When considering cosmetic dentistry abroad look for a company who has been operating for at least five years as they will have established themselves with the top clinics and best dentists. Reputable companies will offer UK consultations and a smile design service so you can see what the end result will look like. Once you’re happy, it’s just a question of booking flights and hotels. Don’t forget to allow some time in your itinerary for a little sightseeing which will make the trip feel even more worthwhile.

Hollywood smiles in Budapest

Smile Savers Hungary offer a complete service, taking patients from an initial consultation, through the smile design process and then onto Budapest for their treatment

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hanks to those oh-so-perfect celebrities, the trend for ‘Hollywood Smiles’ is here to stay. If you’re after a gleaming white smile and perfect teeth the chances are you’ll need cosmetic treatments like veneers or crowns. That kind of treatment doesn’t come cheap in the UK and that’s led many Brits to search for cosmetic dentistry – Hungary is a top destination. Going overseas for cosmetic treatment is a cheaper alternative to private dental work and Hungary has established a reputation as being the dental capital of Europe.

Hungary is part of the EU, but costs are lower that at home. Dentists are highly qualified and have to keep up their training throughout their career, which keeps standards high. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, Hungary should be the place to start your research. Budapest has more dentists per person than any other city in Europe, so you’ll have plenty to choose from! If the number of options is too overwhelming, look for a specialist company who arranges overseas dental treatments for Britons. Smile Savers Hungary is one such service and has been helping people travel to Budapest for over seven years. They were one of the first operators and continue to lead the field; helping hundreds of people every year get the smile they’ve always wanted.

There’s no doubt, for cosmetic dentistry, Hungary is an excellent destination. Smile Savers Hungary offer a complete service, taking patients from an initial consultation, through the smile design process and then onto Budapest for their treatment. Help is given with travel and hotel arrangements; they’ll even sort out transport from the airport and to the clinic. They work with one of Budapest’s top dental clinics – the Implant & Aesthetics Center which is run by Dr Atilla Kaman – one of Hungary’s leading dentists and a lecturer in Implantology at the city’s university. They are always happy to provide customer testimonials and come highly recommended by past patients.

Budapest has many tourist attractions to enjoy, delicious local delicacies and affordable four star hotels. Treatment prices are on average one third of that charged by a private dentist in the UK, so even including your flight and hotel costs, there are big savings to be made. With the growing trend for cosmetic dentistry, Hungary is likely to become even more of a hot spot for treatment, making Budapest the best place to find a Hollywood Smile.

It need not cost the earth to transform your looks with a winning smile

Whatever treatment you decide on make sure you are given a clear plan and cost before starting. Check there are no hidden costs and make sure your dentist specialises in cosmetic work.

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big smile means so much – it shows we’re happy, feeling good about ourselves and full of confidence. One of the most common excuses for not smiling much is feeling ashamed about our teeth. The best long term solution for smile confidence is a smile makeover – cosmetic dentistry treatment that will change the way you feel about your teeth. Fixing crooked or stained teeth gives you a new found confidence that is a lifetime investment but it needn’t cost the earth. Going overseas for cosmetic dental work can save you thousands of pounds and places like Hungary offer first class treatment.

The first step in your smile makeover will be the smile design process. This usually starts by taking a picture of your teeth and x-rays; from these the dentist can start to advise you on what procedures are needed. Chipped or crooked teeth can be covered with porcelain veneers, broken teeth may need a crown, and missing teeth can be replaced with the high tech dental implants that are now available. A gummy smile can also be fixed with laser gum contouring and everyone should finish their smile makeover with laser whitening. In Europe, countries such as Hungary offer cheaper prices on smile makeovers which tend to be very expensive in the UK. Typically, a single crown will cost £500.00 in the UK whist in Hungary they will be around £199.00 Top dental clinics will make the veneers and crowns in their own labs, on site, which helps to bring costs down and speeds up treatment times. Good dentists will also check your general oral health, advising on any fillings or root canal work that you might need.

Whatever treatment you decide on make sure you are given a clear plan and cost before starting. Check there are no hidden costs and make sure your dentist specialises in cosmetic work. Smile Savers Hungary has taken thousands of patients to Budapest for a smile makeover and all have come back with new, confident smiles. A smile makeover can literally be life changing, and with the right care, can last a lifetime. Pay extra attention to your brushing and flossing routine; remember that beautiful, straight teeth will only look good if they are rooted in healthy gums. If you’ve invested in teeth whitening, keep them bright by using a special whitening tooth paste and remember that smoking will yellow your teeth faster than anything.

With some of the best overseas clinics investing heavily in providing top notch treatment abroad, a UK dentist is no longer necessarily the best choice

Dental implants, unaffordable in the UK for anyone but the very wealthy cost considerably less in Hungary – approximately £500.00 versus nearly £2,000.00 here at home.

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f you’ve been told by your dentist that you need to have extensive dental work done or if you’re desperate for a smile makeover, then it’s probably time to start researching private options. Unfortunately, Britain’s NHS dental system offers the patient very little above and beyond the basic ‘drill and fill’. But your search for a cheap dentist may well take you on a longer journey than originally anticipated as it’s widely recognised that travelling overseas is the most cost effective option.

Many European countries, from Poland and Hungary to Spain and Portugal offer cheaper dental treatments for UK patients. However, Hungary is seen to be a leader in dentistry and for decades has seen ‘dental tourists’ visit the country to visit in search of a cheap dentist. With hundreds of clinics, inexpensive flights and good value accommodation, Budapest has become the dental capital of Europe. Thousands of Britons also enjoy the city’s many tourist attractions and often return again and again even after their treatment has been completed.

Price wise, it’s easy to see why private dentists in the UK are being passed over in favour of travelling overseas. Typically a porcelain crown will cost around £550.00 in a private London clinic, whereas in a cheap dentist in Budapest patients will pay approximately £200.00. Dental implants, unaffordable in the UK for anyone but the very wealthy cost considerably less in Hungary – approximately £500.00 versus nearly £2,000.00 here at home.

Whilst price is an important consideration, safety and quality of work is even more important. Anyone looking at a cheap dentist overseas should research the clinic carefully before proceeding with their treatment. Some overseas clinics will offer patients a consultation in the UK first, which gives you a chance to meet the dentists and ask lots of questions before committing. Bear in mind that the best clinics will be able to tell you about the latest equipment they have invested in or if they have won a local award. Some of their dentists may have had experience of working in the UK which is also reassuring. Ask to speak to other patients or to see testimonials and make sure that you have agreed a clear treatment plan before work starts so you know exactly what bill to expect at the end. With careful research and thorough planning you’ll soon be smiling about the money you saved!

Affordable dental implants are now within reach for most ending the prospect of a lifetime wearing dentures

Harley Street dentists are likely to charge around £2,000.00 per implant, making a mouth-makeover a very expensive option.

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osing your teeth, either through age, decay or an accident is an upsetting experience made worse by the thought of wearing dentures. Dental implants are not available on the NHS and until now, dental implants were too expensive for most people to consider. But with the advent of ‘dental tourism’ cheap dental implants are now worth investigating.

In the UK, where dental implants are not available on the NHS, costs to have them made and fitted privately are very high. Top London clinics are likely to charge over £2, 500.00 per implant, making a mouth-makeover a very expensive option. Not all dentists can place implants, only special dental surgeons, plus the treatment has to be done in a specifically equipped dental theatre. These factors, along with the implants themselves all add up to a large bill. But the last decade has seen more and more Britons go overseas where dental treatments like implants are less expensive. One of the most popular destinations for cheap dental implants is Budapest which is considered to be a centre of excellence for this kind of treatment. Costs are lower but the dentists are highly skilled; travel is easy and accommodation cheap, so it’s not surprising it’s become a popular place to have implant surgery.

If you plan to travel to Budapest for dental work do your homework first and check that the clinic has an experienced dental surgeon and that they have their own lab on site. There are some very experienced implant surgeons in Budapest so it’s a good place to start looking for a clinic. Don’t be afraid to ask how many implant procedures the surgeon has done to help you gauge his experience. One of the leading names in Budapest for affordable dental implants is Dr Atilla Kaman who works at our clinic. He is one of the few dentists in the world to hold a Masters in Implantology and has carried out over 15, 000 + implant procedures.

Once you have found your clinic, the dental surgeon will be able to discuss the type of implant you can choose. Typically the clinics in Budapest will use AB Implants, Camlog or Branemark Implants. If it’s good quality but cheap dental implants you’re after, then ask about the Camlog system or AB Implants which are both excellent value for money. The implant is essentially a screw which then holds in place a crown or bridge. Clinics with their own lab on site often run special offers on crowns or implants which can also help to reduce the final bill.

When you are looking at the costs, remember that in most cases you’ll need to factor in two trips; the first session will see the implants placed in the jaw and you’ll be given a temporary bridge. The second trip will have the final crowns or bridges secured. Flight costs to Hungary and hotel prices are very reasonable; you’ll find the whole procedure is at least 60 – 70% cheaper than in the UK, making Budapest the place to go for affordable high quality dental implants.

Driven by falling NHS dentist numbers and the rising price of going private in the UK the last decade has seen going abroad for dentistry as an increasingly attractive option

Hungary has more qualified dentists per capita than any other country and dentists are required to continue their training throughout their career. It’s not just Brits who have flocked there; traditionally patients from Austria and Germany have crossed the border, preferring to see a Hungarian dentist rather than their own.

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ver the last decade, the NHS dental system has let down thousands of Britons who have struggled to find a dentist even for basic treatment. Many confess to missing regular check-ups and others have let dental problems go unchecked, leading to more serious and long term teeth problems. Many however have found a solution to their dental woes by finding cheap dentists abroad and travelling, mainly to Europe, for treatment. Rising costs of private treatment and limitations with the NHS system have contributed to the rise of dental tourism over the last decade and one of the most popular destinations is Budapest.

Hungary has more qualified dentists per capita than any other country and dentists are required to continue their training throughout their career. It’s not just Brits who have flocked there; traditionally patients from Austria and Germany have crossed the border, preferring to see a Hungarian dentist rather than their own. For anyone looking for cheap dentists abroad, Hungary is the best place to start. As well as having hundreds of excellent clinics, English is widely spoken and travel to the city is affordable and fast.

One of the first companies to help Brits find cheap dentists abroad was Smile Savers Hungary – they have helped thousands to benefit from the top quality dental work and low prices in Budapest. Smile Savers Hungary is run by a couple with first hand, personal experience of having treatment done in the city. Plus, they work with the city’s top dental clinic – the award winning Implant and Aesthetic Center. The clinic is run by the highly respected Dr Attila Kaman, who is a Master of Implantology and has personally placed over 15, 000 implants in his distinguished career.

Typically patients can expect to save 60-70% on their treatment in Budapest compared to a private clinic in London. There are currently six airlines that run between the UK and Budapest’s Ferihegy airport including Ryan Air, Easy Jet and British Airways. Hotel prices vary, but Smile Saver’s Hungary offer great discounts on four star hotels starting at €49 per night for a double room. And Budapest’s famous tourist attractions like the Danube River or St Stephens Basillica make sure the trip isn’t all about your teeth. All together, the savings, the standard of treatment and ease of getting there, make Budapest the top European destination for anyone looking for a cheap dentist abroad.