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Lynda Kelly Interview


Age: 56
Home: Liverpool
Occupation: Teacher

What can you say about the SmileSavers Process?

What was your reason for the treatment?

I had been suffering with abscesses in my mouth for about 10 years. These were due to gum disease. My teeth had become very loose. I felt there was no hope and was very depressed about it. I stopped smiling and covered my mouth whenever I spoke to anyone. I lost interest in myself.

What were your initial fears surrounding traveling for dental treatment?

I was afraid of the unknown I suppose. I had never been to Hungary before and I did not know anyone who had been abroad for dental or any medical treatment. It was unfamiliar territory and I did not know what was going to happen. However, it was my only hope. Saying that, speaking to Veronika reassured me immensely before I left. She arranged everything perfectly and was always available whenever I needed to talk to her.

What would you say about the clinic the dentists and the dental treatment?

With my hand on my heart I would say that the clinic, dentists and treatment are better that anything I have ever experienced in the UK. As soon as I entered the door I felt reassured. Dr Kaman was so kind and caring, and more importantly he explained everything to me. His professionalism and skill are beyond reproach. I asked if it was possible to get my teeth back to the shape and colour they were when I was younger. I took in photographs and everyone, including the technicians worked really hard to get me what I wanted. I now have the teeth that I had in my twenties. This would not have been possible for me had I not travelled to Budapest for treatment.

What has been your experience of UK dentists?

My NHS dentist did not seem to be helping me at all. It seemed that he would just wait until things were ‘critical’ and then he would act. Usually that action just involved removing the tooth in question. I visited three private dentists in the hope that they could help me and was devastated to discover that I could not afford what they were asking. One of them tried to help by offering me ‘deep cleaning’. Two visits cost me £400! All this did was loosen my teeth even more. I felt as though no-one cared and I had nowhere to turn. I had never thought of implants until my friend suggested it. However as said above when I started to look into it I realized that it was going to be impossible. I had varying prices these ranged from 30 to 50 thousand pounds! There was no way that I could ever have afforded that.

What would you say about Budapest?

Budapest is a beautiful city. There is a lot to see and do. It is really easy (and cheap) to get around on the metro system. The food is really nice and the people are very friendly.

What would you say about the transportation provided?

What was your reason for choosing SmileSavers?

I did weeks of research; however SmileSavers was the one site that I kept going back to. I read and re-read all of the testimonials. I looked at other media reports that were not even on the SmileSavers site and realized that these people knew what they were doing. So many people had enhanced their own lives. I hoped the same would happen for me.

How did the treatment change your life?

As I said, before my treatment I had become very depressed. You have control over your clothes, make-up etc. However, when your teeth go, if you don’t have the money to pay for it, there is nothing you can do about it. You feel helpless. Teeth are so important in your appearance. It is usually the first thing that people notice about you. If they are not right, your confidence goes and this messes up your life. If you have no control and cannot rectify the situation, you become depressed. As well as this you cannot eat properly. Eating becomes a chore instead of a pleasure. I left my work as a teacher for two years because the poison in my gums was making me feel tired and ill all the time. I went to Budapest in November 2008 and started my treatment. I was first fitted with temporaries until my implants had integrated with my bone. Even having these temporaries gave me more confidence and on December 15th I started a new job! Not only did I feel more confident in my appearance, I also felt physically better than I had done for years. It is only when you start to feel better that you realize how bad things have been. I actually cried when I first saw my new teeth. I will be eternally grateful to Dr Kaman and all of the team for the difference that they have made to my life.

How would you describe the whole experience?

Would you recommend it to other people?

I have already recommended Smile Savers to friends and family.