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Janet Stokes

Dentures were not an option for Janet.

“Dentures were not a choice I was willing to consider and I knew the treatment I needed was going to be extremely expensive in the UK,”

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fter years of unhappiness and six months of careful research Janet found her smile again in Budapest.

Janet’s visit to the Smile Savers Clinic in London was the culmination of six months of careful research, but within minutes she knew she had found the right dentist to fix her smile. Her story began in her twenties when she felt some of her teeth were loosening. Her dentist wasn’t able to offer much help, telling her that gum disease was the cause and that he thought it might be a hereditary problem.

Janet was told to look after her teeth the best she could and attend annual checkups but over time the condition of her teeth worsened. Like many people, Janet felt ashamed of her teeth and understandably she began to worry more and more. She managed to keep it all a secret by covering her mouth when she smiled and not sharing her concerns with anyone but her husband.

Before long, Janet’s health was affected and by the time she was in her fifties she knew it was decision time. Loose teeth and bone loss meant she would soon lose some teeth and she needed to act. Her dentist had tried antibiotics but, when that and other treatments failed, he advised her of the options. The choice between dentures and permanent replacement such as dental implants was an easy one to make but it was a question of cost.

“Dentures were not a choice I was willing to consider and I knew the treatment I needed was going to be extremely expensive in the UK,” explained Janet. Luckily she recalled seeing a television programme about dental tourism and that sparked an idea which was to eventually lead her to Budapest.

Janet’s primary concern was finding a reputable dentist and as nobody she knew had taken this route it was down to her to sift through the choices she found online. Her short list included companies that had clinics in London so she could have a consultation here first. She also felt it was important to see that the company had good recommendations from newspapers and television. Smile Savers Hungary was her first choice and her instincts about the team paid off. “I was made to feel welcome and all the staff were so friendly with a very professional approach. I felt very comfortable in their capable hands and the dental assistants were very caring and reassuring,” stated Janet.

Understandably Janet found the treatment very gruelling, she had eight root canal treatments, 10 implants and twenty four crowns over a course of three visits to Budapest. “In many ways it was harder than I anticipated, I had eight root canals in one afternoon which was intense but actually I was glad to have it done in this way. In the UK you’d be in and out of the dentist for short appointments for months and I would have found that very difficult to deal with,” explained Janet.

Dr Georg Gruming and Dr Attila Kaman did all of Janet’s dental treatment but she was impressed by the interest the whole team took in her treatment and in the work of their fellow dentists.

Now that the treatment is finished Janet feels on top of the world. She’s happy to talk about her experiences and is full of smiles after years of worrying about her teeth. “I appreciate the dental work I have had done so much and I know how lucky I am to have discovered Smile Savers. I don’t have to worry about opening my mouth to speak or smile any more. It feels so good to not have to shy away from eye contact and covering my mouth up when talking to people,” says Janet.

Now she will only visit the Smile Savers dentist in Budapest for her checkups, eschewing her old British dentist for Dr Kaman and his team. “At the end of the day…..I am just so grateful to not have dentures!”

THE SMILE SAVINGS

Hygiene session
10 dental implants
9 root canal treatments
18 extractions
19 temporary crowns
24 dental crowns/bridges
9 Build ups and posts

COST: £12682

TOTAL SAVING: £20,000

David Naughton

Disillusioned with the NHS David found the answer in Hungary.

It’s quite different from my experiences in the UK. I really felt that I was in good hands….

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avid Naughton from London confesses that he grew up hating his teeth, they were gappy and crooked and as he got older he felt so down about their appearance that he failed to look after them properly. As problems with his teeth worsened, David felt let down by his NHS dentist, who he believes over looked problems and failed to do the treatment that was really needed.

Decay around the gum line of two front teeth was covered with filler that quickly fell off and soon David needed to have two back teeth removed. He felt so disillusioned with his dentist that he did not make plans to have them replaced. Things deteriorated and as he grew more anxious about his crooked smile he realised that action was needed. David knew that he would not get the help he needed from his NHS dental practice and was put off private dentists by the price. He also felt that UK standards were just not up to scratch. He started to do more research online and discovered that many Brits felt the same way and that travelling overseas for treatment was a popular choice.

David soon had a quote from one company and was contemplating the best course of action when he read about another dental tourism company called Smile Savers Hungary. Impressed by what he read on their website he made an appointment for a consultation. At last, David had finally found a dentist who was honest with him about his teeth. After the consultation, Smile Savers gave him a smile design and recommended that he needed to address both the problems with decay as well as consider the overall appearance of his teeth. “They told me there was little point in spending money on my top teeth without doing work on the bottom.” Explained David. Smile Savers Hungary recommended a comprehensive course of treatment that tackled the dental problems David had along with the cosmetic issues. Because the quote was so reasonable he could afford to have it all done properly.

David had seven root canals, three composite fillings and six teeth were built up before 22 crowns were fitted. It was revealed that previous dental work had simply patched up problems, not solved them. The Smile Savers team explained to David that one of the most important elements of the treatment was to fit implants to replace the teeth he’d had removed several years ago. Without implants the jaw bone was starting to deteriorate which would have led to significant problems in years to come.

David chose to have all the treatment done over a ten day period, seeing his trip as a chance to explore a new city. He loved Budapest and found plenty to enjoy during the days off from the clinic and whilst the treatment has tough be felt well cared for. “Of course it was quite painful but the team were all excellent, you sense that everyone wants to work there, it’s quite different from my experiences in the UK. I really felt that I was in good hands.” Explained David.

David is now waiting to have the implants fitted and is looking forward to going back to Budapest. But he’s already enjoying his new smile. He explains: “It’s like a big weight off my shoulders and I feel like I am no longer being judged for having bad teeth. My confidence has soared!” David saved over £13,000 by going to Budapest but more importantly he saved his smile.

THE SMILE SAVINGS

Metal free zirconium crowns, root canal treatment, fillings, Camlog implants

COST: £10,200

TOTAL SAVING: £13,800

Emma Powerell

Emma Saved £16, 000 by flying to Budapest!

Emma’s confidence was seriously affected as she felt very conscious about her smile.

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mma’s problems started as a child when many of her adult teeth failed to grow. She was left with little baby teeth that were out of proportion with her adult face and were also crooked. As she grew up, Emma perfected her closed mouth, ‘Victoria Beckham’ style smile. Whilst she knew it made her look tense and unhappy, at least she wasn’t showing her crooked, baby teeth.

Whilst unusual, some people never grow adult teeth, this condition can cause a lot of distress. Emma’s confidence was seriously affected as she felt very conscious about her smile. She had always looked after her teeth and gone for regular check-ups, so it felt very unfair to have to hide her smile. By the time she hit her late 20’s she was determined to do something about it and spoke to her dentist about braces. “I was told they couldn’t straighten my teeth because they could not put braces onto my peg sized baby teeth.” Explained Emma.

Her next step was to talk to a private dentist about cosmetic treatment and she quickly arranged a consultation. Unfortunately it didn’t go as Emma had hoped: “I was shocked by the price, they quoted me £20,000.00 for the work that I needed. Even if I had that kind of money I’d never be happy spending that much on my appearance. It’s the sort of money you spend on the deposit for a house or even an expensive car!”

THE SMILE SAVINGS

Polish and clean
10 unit bridge
6 crowns
4 root canal treatment
Smile Design

COST: £4000

TOTAL SAVING: £16000

Luckily, as Emma was about to resign herself to a lifestyle of worrying about her teeth, she discovered that many Britons go overseas for affordable dental treatment. Her internet research led her to find Smile Savers and she quickly felt confident that their dentists could help her. A consultation followed and a full treatment plan revealed that she could afford the 10 bridges and six crowns that were needed to get her smiling again. This time, Emma was quoted £4, 000.00: “It was still a lot of money to me, but it was an amount I could save up for and I started to get excited.”

Last July, Emma flew to Budapest where the Smile Savers Hungary clinic is located. She was collected from the airport and taken to the four star accommodation which the service had helped to organise. A driver took her to the clinic where she found the staff and dentists spoke excellent English. She had 10 crowds fitted; these are false teeth which are permanently fixed to neighbouring teeth by fusing them with a crown. A crown is a porcelain cap that fits over an existing tooth to improve its appearance or protect it. For Emma this was the best combination of prosthetics and was possible because she had healthy teeth and gums. The treatment was successful and Emma’s smile showed rows of straight, white, adult sized teeth. For the first time since her childhood Emma’s confidence soared and she’s been smiling ever since!

Emily Mayer

Having suffered from severe gum disease for many years and despite regular trips to her dentist in the UK, Emily Mayer; 46, was gradually losing all her teeth and with them her confidence.

I was so conscious of the state of my teeth. Having this treatment has changed my life.

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mily Mayer, a successful artist from Kenninghall in Norfolk, had always looked after her teeth and made sure she went to her dentist regularly for check-ups. Despite her care, by her mid-forties Emily was suffering from severe gum disease, which is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK. It effects three out of four adults over the age of 45 and ranges in severity. Bad breath and tooth loss are the most common outcomes of the disease and Emily was gradually losing all her teeth, and with it her self confidence.

Emily could not face a lifetime of wearing dentures and knew the best solution would be to have dental implants fitted. Tooth implants are fast becoming the most popular way to replace lost teeth as they provide the best long term solution, and look and feel completely natural. Dental implant surgery is a specialist field and patients considering it should look for an experienced surgeon. However, in the UK, dental implants can cost up to £2, 000.00 each and Emily needed 17 dental implants and dental crowns. She was looking a private dentist bill of £60, 000.00!

Emily started to research alternatives and her journey eventually took her to a dental clinic in Budapest. Hungary is widely regarded as being the centre of excellence for dentistry and certain clinics are particularly known for their expertise in dental implant surgery. Luckily, Emily found such a clinic via the Smile Savers Hungary service. Smile Saver’s clinic is the largest in Budapest, and the clinic’s director – Dr Atilla Kaman is a leading maxillofacial surgeon and Master of Implantology. In fact he is regarded as the most experienced implant surgeon in his field having placed over 15,000 dental implants.

Once Emily was satisfied her research had found the best clinic possible, she made all the necessary treatment and travel plans through Smile Savers Hungary. The team made her trips as smooth and pleasant as possible, from arranging her transport and hotels to ensuring that her dental treatment plan was easy to understand and all the costs transparent.

THE SMILE SAVINGS

17 Branemark Implants,
bone augmentation plus
28 ceramic fused to gold crowns.

COST: £20,000

TOTAL SAVING: £40,000

Over the next 6 months Emily made three trips to Budapest. She had a total of 17 Branemark dental implants fitted with additional bone augmentation where it had deteriorated, plus 24 porcelain fused to gold crowns crafted by the clinic’s expert, on-site technicians.

Emily says: “I was so conscious of the state of my teeth. Having this treatment has changed my life. Not only did the clinic take really good care of me, but I have also saved a huge amount of money”. In all, the dental treatment, even with flights and accommodation factored in, saved Emily an estimated £40,000.

Read more about our client in the following:

Emily Mayer – Mail on Sunday

The Mail on Sunday Financial section ran a center page spread titled ‘Budapest: City of bridges, fillings and root canals’ and featured our client Emily Mayer pictured here with her dog Iris. Emily travelled to Budapest for extensive work after suffering …

Emily Mayer & Linda Williamson – The Sun

‘Britain’s Favourite Newspaper’ covered Smile Savers with a double page center spread in their money section. The story covered three of our clients’ stories including Emily Mayer, Ernie Whittle and Linda Williamson. A big thank you to them for taking the …

Emily Mayer & Emma Powerell – Daily Express

Sunday Express Health Editor, Lucy Johnston interviewed two of our clients, Emily Mayer and Emma Powerell, nearly 2 years after completing their treatment at our clinic in Budapest The Implant and Aesthetic Center. Emma”s life changed dramatically after …

Peter Gould

A new smile gave Peter the confidence to find new love!

“I am happier now than I have ever been and feel that Smile Savers played a big part in that!”

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eter Gould, aged 55 from Doncaster had been forced to wear a denture after he lost several teeth in an accident. The dentures slowly undermined his self confidence, his enjoyment of food was limited and he’d been single for some time. Peter knew that first impressions count when meeting new people and that a good looking smile was something women look for when meeting a new man.

One day, quite by chance, Peter struck up a friendship with a woman via Facebook. They had loads in common and Peter knew that he’d love to meet her one day. His crooked smile and dentures put him off setting up the date and he realised he needed to take action. With cupid calling Peter started to research his options online. He had heard about Smile Savers Hungary and the more he read the more impressed he became. Peter knew that dental implants required a specialist dentist and as he researched the costs it quickly became apparent that the UK prices were too high. He’d had bad experiences with dentists in the past and was open to trying something new.

He booked a London consultation with Smile Savers Hungary and quickly jetted off to Budapest. Peter’s treatment involved several extraction, four implants and a bridge. He left Budapest with a temporary denture which he needed to wear whilst the implants were healing. Peter was amazed when the experts in Budapest told him the whole treatment would be done in 12 weeks, as other dentists in the UK would have scheduled it over nine months! His confidence in the Smile Savers Clinic was due to the clinic head Dr Attila Kaman, who lectures in implantology. Dr Kaman is one of the most experienced implant surgeons having placed over 15, 000 in his career.

Peter’s teeth were fixed in time for his Valentines date and his confidence soared, he was back on the dating scene and enjoying life to the full.

THE SMILE SAVINGS

3 Extractions
4 Nobel Biocare All-On-Four implants
Temporary denture
12 unit porcelain fused to gold bridge

COST: £7424

TOTAL SAVING: £14,300

Before long another lady came into his life, Peter started dating Pauline in July last year. She later confessed to Peter that his nice smile and healthy looking teeth were an important part of what attracted her to him. Peter states: “I am happier now than I have ever been and feel that Smile Savers played a big part in that!” Peter soon proposed and he and Pauline were married in May 2010. The wedding pictures are a testament to their happiness and it’s easy to see that Peter has every reason to be smiling again!

Karen Potter

A smile makeover gave Karen back her smile confidence.

Karen was snapped at a friend’s wedding laughing and when the pictures were emailed around Karen was mortified, it was the push she needed to do something more drastic.

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aren had always looked after her teeth and naturally she thought that her regular NHS dental check ups would spot any problems that occurred. The thing that worried her more was cosmetic. Her teeth were crooked and stained which she always accepted as being just part of her smile….that was until when, in her early thirties, she found herself back on the dating scene. That’s a daunting prospect for most women and for Karen it sparked a real confidence issue about her teeth.

She had a gold crown at the back, which she was convinced everyone could see so she perfected her fake ‘closed mouth’ smile and tried to carry on. But then Karen was snapped at a friend’s wedding laughing and when the pictures were emailed around Karen was mortified, it was the push she needed to do something more drastic. She’d read about Smile Makeovers in magazines and thought that would be just the thing to get her confidence back.

Karen knew there was no chance of having cosmetic dental treatment done on the NHS, she didn’t even bother to ask her dentist, and instead she started to research private options. “I was horrified by the cost, I was quoted an obscene amount of money for the work I needed, and my dreams of a gorgeous new smile quickly disappeared.” Explained Karen. The average cost of having a zirconium metal free crown fitted by a UK private dentist is £650 and Karen needed 13 crowns as well as other cosmetic work to get her Hollywood smile, but she didn’t have movie star money available to pay for the work.

Meanwhile her partner dug a little deeper on the internet and discovered that some people travelled abroad for dental treatment. He discovered Smile Savers Hungary and together they decided to send her picture off for a quote. Karen received her Smile Makeover back showing what her new smile could look like and she was so impressed she booked her ticket straightaway!

THE SMILE SAVINGS

Gum contouring,
13 Zirconium Crowns,
5 composite fillings,
4 root canal treatment

COST: £5400

TOTAL SAVING: £12,000

Once in Budapest the dentists there spotted some issues that her own dentist had missed, she needed some fillings and root canal treatment too. This essential work was carried out alongside the cosmetic dental treatments; it was all so easy for her and Karen felt total confidence in the dentist looking after her.

And the result? Karen now has a healthy, Hollywood smile that she’s happy to show off in photographs.

David and Claire Benjamin

Dental treatment in Budapest gave Bedfordshire man the confidence to propose.

It wasn’t just the clinic’s high tech approach to dentistry which impressed Claire and David, they fell in love with everything that Budapest has to offer.

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laire and David decided it was time to solve their teeth worries once and for all. They’d both had bad experiences of dentists in the past and had struggled to find a new NHS dentist when they moved house. Like most people they could not afford private dentists in the UK, but when they read a magazine article about Smile Savers Hungary they realised they could afford to have the ‘mouth makeover’ David needed.

David’s problems stemmed from his childhood when he had not received proper dental treatment. His teeth were crooked, unevenly sized, chipped and discoloured, and aged 49 he still had a baby tooth! David realised he would need extensive work to achieve the smile he dreamed off but was soon reassured when the treatment plan was carefully explained to him. Claire’s problems were not so serious but she was keen to replace her mercury fillings, and choose a more natural looking crown to replace the gold one she had been given as a child when the wrong tooth was extracted.

Once in Budapest they were immediately impressed by the clinic: “It was so high tech, but the receptionists quickly put us at ease. We saw different dentists and technicians throughout our treatment but they were all thorough, friendly and very professional.” Claire explained.

David had a full mouth makeover which involved 17 Zirconium metal free crowns. These crowns are made from Zirconium Dioxide which is an ultra durable material that is likened to diamonds because of its strength; and the look of Zirconium Dioxide mean it’s impossible to tell the difference between a Zirconium crown and a natural tooth. The crowns are made on-site at the Smile Savers Hungary clinic in Budapest, which means they can be produced more quickly than most dentists are able and at a competitive price. The process is extremely high tech and starts with the dentist taking a silicon impression of the teeth. A 3D laser scan then transfers detailed information to computer aided design software which models the new crown. Even the milling is done with computer driven machines and the process is so accurate that once properly fitted no bacteria can get underneath the crown meaning they will last a lifetime if well looked after.

THE SMILE SAVINGS

17 Zirconium metal free crowns, Zoom teeth whitening, root canals, extractions, wisdom teeth removal

COST: £6100

TOTAL SAVING: £12,000

It wasn’t just the clinic’s high tech approach to dentistry which impressed Claire and David, they fell in love with everything that Budapest has to offer. Claire says: “We ate like kings, loved the cocktail bars and enjoyed the local cafes. We went to the famous spas and even mastered Budapest’s underground system. We really enjoyed our time there and it made going overseas for treatment feel like great value for money.”

Once their treatments had finished Claire and David were delighted with the results and between them had saved £12,000.00 on their dental bill. David’s new smile gave him so much more confidence he soon whisked Claire off to Barcelona where he proposed, and as their pictures testify they were both all smiles on their wedding day.