December 13, 2015 by Neil Walker
Paul McTaggart, CEO and founder of Dental Departures had an interview with Medical Travel Show.
In this interview McTaggart explains the personal experience that led to foundation of this business. “I had been frustrated that my father was unable to find affordable, accessible dental care in Canada, and I couldn’t understand why in the modern age of Internet, there weren’t better options available for him.” This led Paul on a quest that resulted in the creation of Dental Departures.
You can listen to the full interview here
Categories: Dental Tourism, overseas dentistry |
May 11, 2015 by Amanda Duffy
Apart from the obvious illegal activities that you shouldn’t do when in Thailand, there are some seemingly innocuous Western practices or gestures that will not endear you to the locals. Thai people are generally polite, reserved and very forgiving of loud, brash farangs (foreigners), but you’ll get far more out of your holiday by following our top tips on What Not to do in Thailand.
Keep Your Shirt On!
You might be on holiday, it’s steaming hot and you want to let it all hang out, but apart from ladyboys and bar girls, the dress code is modest.
Bangkok is a fully-functioning, modern, 21st century capital city – beachwear and semi-naked torsos will look as out-of-place here as it would on the streets of London. Sure, there’s the Khao San Road for the backpacker and hippy vibe, and while shorts and T-shirts are fine, if you smarten yourself up a bit – wear deck shoes instead of trainers, or a short-sleeved shirt in place of a T-shirt – you may well find you get much better service.
Of course, the dress code depends on where you are. Partying in Pattaya? Anything goes. A trip to the temple? Cover up.
Don’t Forget Temple Etiquette
Still on clothing, think about your attire in the context of home. Most people wouldn’t go to their local place of worship in scanty clothing, so why would they in Thailand? You don’t have to go ‘suited and booted’, but for men, wear tops that cover shoulders – no vests, and definitely no bare chests – and women should wear clothing that covers shoulders and is below the knee – for both sexes, the longer the skirt or trouser length, the better. A light shawl or scarf can be thrown around the shoulders to cover up, and is perfectly acceptable.
Be very respectful of monks, lowering your head when walking past, and do not walk in front of people who are bowing.
Shoes – leave them outside.
Wear the shoe on the other foot
Donning outdoor shoes indoors is acceptable to many of us at home, but the Thais are very conscious about cleanliness – and in Thailand it is definitely not appreciated. You will notice that piles of shoes are a common sight outside many establishments in Thailand – schools, offices, shops and homes. If you’re unsure about whether to remove shoes or not, just pop your head around the door and ask – the gesture will be greatly appreciated.
Put your feet up
… metaphorically-speaking, yes … but not on chairs, tables, or anything else not meant for feet. In the Buddhist religion, feet are considered dirty, and should be kept firmly on the floor – unless you’re lying on the beach or beside the pool. The soles of your feet should not be pointing toward anyone, and particularly images of the Royal family or Buddha. This means if you are sitting on the floor that you should kneel with your feet tucked under you, out of sight.
In contrast to feet, the Buddhist religion deems heads to be sacred. Touching someone else’s head, or even passing something over their head is disrespectful. This also includes children – so resist the urge to pat cute kids on the head, or ruffle their hair.
A Sore Point
Pointing with your hand, especially one finger, is also considered disrespectful and rude. If you are referring to someone, do so by raising your chin in their direction. If you want to beckon someone to come over, wave your hand with the palm down and fingers straight.
The Thai’s are modest and reserved people. Although younger Thai couples may be seen holding hands, public displays of affection are generally considered to be embarrassing, with kissing deemed completely inappropriate. Keep touchy-feely stuff for private.
Thais are very proud of their culture, and are very reverential and loving of the King. Any disrespectful attitude toward the monarchy, or images of the monarchy, is is not only frowned upon in Thailand, but could land you in some serious trouble.
Likewise, Buddhism is the major religion in Thailand and Buddha’s image is sacred – be respectful, and particularly in temples, do not touch any statues.
Thailand, like any other country in the world, has its own unique customs, traditions and culture. Make an effort to observe some of these customs and you will have a rewarding experience. If in doubt about what not to do in Thailand, just smile – it’s what the Thais do!
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Categories: Thailand |
April 29, 2015 by Amanda Duffy
Luxurious dental clinics in Thailand
Choosing a dental destination and clinic abroad can seem a bit like shopping on the clearance rail – the discount prices and the choices are overwhelming – and you’re not sure if it’s really for you anyway. Our simple tips will show you how to find a good dentist abroad, ensuring you always pick the cream of the crop.
1. Know about your Dental Case
This is one of the most important things you shouldn’t overlook. How many implants or crowns do you need? If you’re having a root canal do you need a crown as well?
If you’re unsure of what needs doing, a consultation with a dentist at home can provide you with a treatment outline, as well as x-rays, and a cost estimate. The cost estimate is useful for making comparisons with dentists abroad, the treatment outline will tell you what needs to be done, and the x-rays (usually digital these days) can be sent to your choice of dental clinics in advance. They can confirm treatment options and prices (subject to an examination) before you even get there. This way, there are no surprises.
2. Do I need a general or specialist dentist?
Not everybody needs a specialist – the majority of everyday dental work, including fillings, crowns, veneers, dentures and laser teeth whitening are performed by general dentists.
However, if you are looking at, for example, dental implants, braces or root canals, then you may want to see a dentist who has qualifications and expertise in that particular area. This is where knowing about your case is helpful. For instance, if you have a history of gum disease then seeing a gum disease specialist (periodontist) could be a priority for you.
3. Check out Dentist Qualifications, Experience and Professional Memberships
The obvious starting point once you have decided on what dental work you are having done is to find a dentist who can do the job competently and reliably. Assessing qualifications, experience and professional memberships is a must.
Dentist training may differ slightly from country to country, but, in general, the criteria to obtain qualifications is high. Standards are becoming homogenized as cross-border training and the speed at which information is disseminated brings best practices and new techniques to every corner of the globe.
Dentists who work with international patients tend to ensure their qualifications are recognizable to foreigners. This means they have membership of both their own country’s professional organization as well as a Western one. For example, many of our dentists in Mexico are also members of the American Dental Association. They may also be members of specialist international organizations, such as the International Congress of oral Implantologists.
As far as experience is concerned, if in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Inquire how many dental implant procedures a dentist has carried out, or how many years they have been performing root canals. It’s your health, after all – and you need to be comfortable about any decisions you make regarding it.
4. Look for Recommendations and Testimonials
Recommendations and reviews from past patients, taken in conjunction with your other research, can certainly help build a picture of your dentist’s reliability. However, you should bear in mind that just because a dentist has rave reviews for one area of dentistry that they are any good in another. Again, this is where knowing about your particular case will help you find what you’re looking for
Reviews come from all sorts of sources, and it is worth checking as many as you can. Dental Departures publishes all patient reviews, without editing – both the good, and the bad. While none of us like to have bad reviews, sometimes things do go awry and rather than brush things under the carpet, they are an opportunity for us to try and put things right. We are committed to fantastic customer service and are proud to maintain our 5* reviews on Feefo and Review Centre.
5. Be realistic about the time it takes
Reputable dentists will not sacrifice quality for speed, but there are unethical ones who will. You will do well to ensure you have enough time so that all your work is carried out in an unhurried manner – that way no corners will be cut, and your dental work is much more likely to stand the test of time.
6. What about Hygiene, Safety, Equipment and Materials?
For anybody who hasn’t experienced dental tourism this is, after dentist training, one of the areas that produces most concern to patients. Despite the fact that many thousands upon thousands travel abroad and have safe, reliable dental care, the newspaper headlines always publicize the few that have a bad experience. These are also likely to emphasize inadequate or sub-standard facilities and safety protocols, leaving anyone with the impression that clinics overseas are all generally lacking in the basics.
This may have had a ring of truth in it if we’re talking about decades ago, but the picture is very different nowadays. Modern clinics are as good as any in the West, with universal hygiene and safety procedures the norm. Many clinics overseas are International Standards Organization (ISO) accredited, and the latest equipment and materials from branded manufacturers are just as likely to be used by dentists abroad as they are by dentists at home.
In fact, some dental clinics, in Thailand, for example, have facilities that are way beyond what your dentist at home provides with spa treatments, restaurants and even on-site boutique hotels offering an all-encompassing experience designed to offer the ultimate in convenience and customer-focused services.
7. Where should I go?
The simple answer to this is anywhere that takes your fancy. We have more than 4,000 great quality dentists and clinics in 33 countries across the globe – from popular beach resorts to exciting cities and everything in between. Check out our listings and start organizing your dental trip today.
Categories: Uncategorized |
March 5, 2015 by Amanda Duffy
We’re all aware of the obvious bad candidates that are not so good for our teeth: the fizzy, sugary, sticky kind of food and drinks that provide a haven for bacteria to hold on to, feed off and produce teeth-eroding acid that leads to decay.
However, hidden dangers lurk everywhere and you may be surprised to find that just because something is good for you, it does not necessarily follow that it is good for your teeth. This doesn’t mean you should avoid these items, but just be aware of the hidden hazards, so you can take appropriate steps to limit any damage.
Citrus fruits include oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes. Rich in vitamin C they maintain collagen which is essential for healthy skin and gums. The problem is that citrus is very acidic, and acid erodes tooth enamel – which won’t grow back. If you are eating citrus foods and/or drinking citrus fruit drinks throughout the day, your enamel will be under constant attack.
Dried fruit is a healthier option than candy for snacking on, giving your body vitamins and anti-oxidants that confectionery just does not. However, all fruit contains natural sugars, and once the water has been expunged, what’s left is highly concentrated with sugar, which is sticky and clings to teeth, trapping those acid-producing bacteria.
You may wonder how bread can be bad for your teeth, but white bread, in particular, as well as potatoes and pasta are all starchy, and the particles are easily lodged in crevices and between teeth. Once you start chewing on them the enzymes in your saliva breakdown the starches and they begin to convert to sugar almost immediately, providing a haven for bacteria.
Nuts are high in healthy fats, proteins and vitamin E, but some whole nuts, particularly almonds, are incredibly hard, and could lead to a fractured tooth if you bite down too hard on them.
CHEWABLE VITAMINS AND SPORTS DRINKS
Chewable vitamins contain concentrated acid that tends to cling to teeth and sports drinks are also extremely acidic, as well as being full of sugar.
- Use a straw when drinking sugary or acidic drinks and aim toward the back of the mouth.
- Use water as a mouthwash to clear sugar and acids after drinking or eating.
- Brush teeth after consuming sugary or acidic foods, but rinse with water first and wait 20 minutes. Acid softens teeth enamel so you must allow time for your saliva to re-mineralize teeth or brushing could cause further damage.
- Eat cheese. It is high in calcium (which is good for strong teeth) and it can help to neutralize harmful acids.
- Eat sliced nuts instead of whole nuts, especially in the case of almonds.
- Chew on sugar-free gum containing xylitol. This helps to neutralize acids as well as encouraging saliva production which contains proteins and minerals to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, as well as fighting germs and preventing bad breath.
Categories: Dental Health |
March 3, 2015 by Neil Walker
1. Los Algodones is on The US-Mexico Border
Los Algodones is on the US-Mexico border near Arizona and California and is the northernmost town in Mexico. Only 7 miles from Yuma, it is a popular destination for North Americans seeking some winter sun, and looking for bargains on Mexican handicrafts, pharmaceuticals and medical and dental care.
2. The Dental Capital of The World
Los Algodones is known as the dental capital of the world, with over 900 dentists in more than 300 clinics established in a few blocks. Notably, these are nearest to the border, displacing some of the shops and restaurants which served the tourist trade. Algodones is still popular with tourists, but it is now equally a destination to go to for dental care.
3. We Would Not Recommend Using The Referral Agents
As you can imagine, competition for patients is fierce in Algodones, and near the border especially you will be accosted by hustlers who work on commission to get you to a dentist. We wouldn’t recommend this approach in finding a dentist. Reliable and trustworthy dentists prefer to let their work speak for them and rely on word-of-mouth to get patients. Satisfied patients return to them again and again, and will often recommend good dentists to their friends, family or on dental clinic review platforms.
Dentistry in Algodones covers the whole spectrum of dental care, not just general dentistry such as fillings and teeth cleaning. There are plenty of specialists about who have expertise in root canals, orthodontics, dental implants, oral surgery and every other type of dental care imaginable.
5. As Reliable as US Dentists
Reliable dentists in Algodones receive training that is on a par with their colleagues in the United States. All dentists receive general dental training. However, the difference between Mexico dentists and dentists in the US is with regard to specialist training. In the US dentists have to take further training in their appropriate area of specialization. In Mexico they don’t. However, it is now commonplace for dentists in Mexico (especially those who treat international patients) to undertake additional specialist qualifications – and many do so in the United States.
6. American Dental Association
Many dentists in Mexico have obtained professional membership of the American Dental Association and are subject to the same rules of professional conduct and standards as their American counterparts.
7. State-of-the-Art Equipment and Technology
Dental clinics in Algodones may not look up to much from the outside, but inside they are just as well-equipped as your dentist’s at home. Nowadays, you are just as likely to find state-of-the-art, high-tech clinics with multi-disciplinary teams as you are single-dentist practices.
8. Same Brands and Quality as The United States
Materials used by dentists in Algodones are not inferior brands, as the exact same brands and quality found at home are available here.
9. Save Around 70% On Dental Treatments
The cost savings are enormous. Most dental patients easily save around 70% on their dental care in Algodones compared to the costs at home – and some substantially more. Patients having big procedures save thousands.
10. Verified Clinic Checks For Your Safety
Dental Departures background checks all its verified clinics, so patients can be certain of receiving a high-standard of care when booking their dentistry in Algodones with Dental Departures.
Start your search for the best dental clinics in Los Algodones by clicking here or listen to patient interview with Medial Travel Show for experiencing dental care in Los Algodones here
Categories: Algodones, Dental Tourism |
January 14, 2015 by Neil Walker
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A bright, white smile can make you appear more attractive and younger. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that 96% of people who responded to their survey think a good-looking smile makes people more appealing.
However, a beautiful smile goes beyond esthetics and researchers are just beginning to discover that the state of your teeth and gums may have an impact on your overall health. Follow these steps for a better smile, and to keep your overall health in check.
1 Brush Regularly
There is no getting away from it, brushing regularly is the foundation of good dental hygiene. Proper brushing removes food particles that bacteria feed on preventing cavities and gum disease, cleans teeth and freshens breath. Fluoride toothpaste also helps to strengthen teeth.
You must brush for at least two minutes, and if you have an electric toothbrush many of these have a built in timer so you know exactly how long to brush for.
2 Floss daily
Flossing reaches the places in your mouth your toothbrush can’t – in between your teeth and under the gum line – and removes bacteria and food particles. You should make flossing part of your dental care routine and do it twice daily, along with brushing your teeth.
The most important time to floss is before bedtime as you produce less saliva when you sleep, leaving your teeth and gums susceptible to bacteria.
3 Visit the dentist regularly
You should attend every 6 months for a check-up and a thorough professional clean. If you are prone to gum disease or cavities you should make this every 3 or 4 months.
Regular visits to the dentist ensures any small problems will be spotted early so they can be treated before they become big problems – saving you pain, hassle and money.
4 Watch your diet
Certain foods are not good for your dental health, including sugars and acids, contained in fizzy drinks, fruits and confectionary, among other things. You would be wise to limit these type of foods and to include calcium-rich foods such as dairy products, sardines and kale in your diet which are good for maintaining healthy teeth and strong bones.
5 Avoid Tobacco
Smokers are up to 11 times more likely than non-smokers to have gum disease, according to the New York Times, and tobacco products, whether smoked or smokeless also increases the risk of cancers in the mouth.
6 Get your Dental Care Abroad.
Many people have found that by traveling abroad they can save between 60 and 80%, have a great holiday and return home with the smile they’ve always wanted. Although getting dental care abroad is not necessarily about having a holiday. Dental patients who live near a border, or business people who travel abroad regularly, think nothing of having their dental care abroad as it is far cheaper, and in a lot of cases of much better quality.
People are traveling abroad for big procedures which may be necessary, such as root canals and for cosmetic dentistry procedures which can make a huge difference to their smile in the minimum amount of time. Teeth whitening and dental veneers are among the quick-fix procedures that can be done in a matter of hours with outstanding results, although the cost may be off-putting as they are not generally covered by insurance.
It is worth bearing in mind that you should always use a reliable dentist and should book through providers such as Dental Departures who have around 2,500 quality-checked dentists in over 30 countries. Their experience has helped put together thousands of patients with overseas dentists for all types of dental care and they can certainly help you achieve a better smile. Start searching, using Dental Departures today.
Categories: Dental Health |
December 10, 2014 by Neil Walker
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A common question for anybody that is going abroad for dental care, and one that is all too frequently overlooked. However, the question should be the same regardless of whether you have your treatment by your local dentist, or a global dentist.
Unfortunately, the internet and the media is filled with horror stories of people whose teeth are ruined at the hands of unscrupulous dentists abroad. While this is not to denigrate the less than satisfactory experiences that some people have obviously suffered, the stories may not necessarily reflect the experiences that many satisfied patients have received from their dentist abroad.
Similarly, you may also find a considerable amount of people who are not at all happy with the care they have received from their local dentist, although these don’t tend to be splashed across the news or the internet, unless there is an element of fraud or other criminal practices, for example, unqualified people posing as dentists and carrying out treatments. While rare, these scenarios do happen in the West and so you should always take the same approach to finding a dentist no matter where you decide to go – do your homework and find out as much as you can before you place your mouth in their hands!
Here’s some simple tips to make sure you have a happy and carefree experience with your dentist:
1: Find out about your condition or the procedure you want so you can ask the right questions
For example, if your local dentist has informed you that your tooth is loose because of gum disease which has led to bone loss and that they recommend you have a dental implant then you have a number of things to consider, and it may not be just down to cost.
Do you want an implant or dentures or a bridge? How long does each procedure take? Do you want to wait – in the case of an implant it may take up to a year to complete, or even longer if you need a bone graft? Will you need to see a periodontist (gum disease specialist) or an implant specialist – is there a difference?
2: Find out as much as you can about your dentist
Dig around on the internet – search for online reviews from previous patients – are they overwhelmingly positive? What qualifications and experience do they have? Do they specialize in a particular field of dentistry? How long has their clinic been established?
It may be a daunting and time-consuming task trying to find out all this information but you can always try Dental Departures, who have a global network of around 2,500 dentists in 29 countries, who have been background-checked and where you can find clinic photos, prices and real patient reviews freely available.
3: Medical Procedures Cannot Be Guaranteed
It is worth bearing in mind that any medical or dental procedure cannot ever be guaranteed 100%. The human body is varied and individual and many different things can influence healing rates, including genetics, lifestyle and even your age.
However, with this in mind you should consider what you should do if something did go wrong. Many good dentists abroad do have warranties and guarantees on their work, but they do vary in length so you will need to check them out.
Patients who book through Dental Departures also have the additional support of Dental Departures, as well as their dentist guarantee, who will ensure that any problem will be put right.
You should also factor in that if you have travelled far you will need to pay accommodation and air-fares if you have to go back. However, there is an easy remedy to this, and that is to take out a low-cost insurance plan to cover your expenses if this eventuality arises – again this is something Dental Departures can help with.
Just remember that there is a risk with any medical or dental procedure, but you can minimize your risks of dental care abroad by doing a little homework.
Categories: Dental Tourism, overseas dentistry |
November 27, 2014 by Neil Walker
Unfortunately, teeth replacement options are expensive but traveling abroad can pay dividends – saving you around 70% and maybe getting a great holiday into the bargain.
Providers like Dental Departures’, whose network of quality-checked global dentists are providing great quality dental care for a fraction of the prices in the US, the UK and Australia are leading the way in showing hard-up Westerners that there is a world of great dental care out there for less.
Thankfully, the days when your only teeth replacement option was to wait for all your teeth to be gone so you could get a full denture have long gone. Tooth loss can occur at any age and may be due to a number of reasons, including trauma, but nowadays there are a number of possibilities to replace your teeth.
Whether it is one, several, most or all of your teeth, replacing them is much more preferable to having unsightly gaps, certainly from a confidence point of view. Notwithstanding the cosmetic problems, tooth loss may cause problems with speech and eating, leading to nutritional problems.
These are the Rolls-Royce of teeth replacement options, and naturally, are the most expensive. This long-term solution involves placing an artificial tooth root (the implant) into the jawbone. The implant fuses with the bone and provides a stable anchor for a false tooth (crown) to be attached. It can take around a year for the implant to fully fuse with the bone, but the advantage of this treatment over other tooth replacement options is that it is permanent and looks, feels and acts exactly like your own tooth.
Unfortunately, it is not a cheap option, costing around $3,900 in the US; £2,400 in the UK and AUS$4,300 in Australia. However, if you’re prepared to travel there are great savings to be made. In India dental implants start at around US$500/UK£300/AUS$558; in Mexico US$900/UK£550/AUS$1,000 and in Thailand US$1,200/UK£800/AUS$1,300, giving you savings of between 65% and 90%.
Bridge and Crown
Essentially this is a fixed partial denture. The ‘bridge’ consists of an artificial tooth or teeth, fixed between two health teeth that act as anchors. Compared to removable dentures they look and feel much better and they are long-lasting and durable.
This is not necessarily a much cheaper tooth replacement option than dental implants as just one crown is around US$1,150/UK£700/AUS$1,283 – and this procedure requires two crowns as well as at least one false tooth.
Abroad you can save as much as 95% in India (US$48/UK£29/AUS$54); in Mexico around 90% (US$120/UK£73/AUS$134) and around 80% in Thailand (US$200/UK£120/AUS$223).
These can be full or partial. If all your teeth are missing you will need full or complete dentures. Partial dentures can be used to replace just one or multiple teeth and is the most cost-effective solution for replacing missing teeth, even if it’s not the most comfortable.
Dentures cost on average US$1,800/UK1,100/AUS$2,008. Abroad you can save more than 95% in India US$48/UK£29/AUS$54; 87% Mexico US$230/UK£140/AUS$256 and 85% in Thailand US$300/UK£180/AUS$330.
Good quality, affordable teeth replacement options are no longer as rare as hen’s teeth – you just need to know where to look. You can search on Dental Departures to find affordable teeth replacement dental clinics.
Categories: Dental Tourism, overseas dentistry |
November 15, 2014 by Neil Walker
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It’s not something most of us want to think about – having to deal with rotten teeth – but the harsh reality is if we don’t look after our dental health we can be storing up potential problems for ourselves in the future. Neglect dental hygiene at your peril – as the consequences can be far worse than a telling off by your dentist.
Obviously, the simplest way of avoiding rotten teeth is to be precise about your dental health – from daily cleaning and flossing to visiting a dentist and/or hygienist as regularly as recommended. But what happens if you haven’t been paying attention to your oral health and you think you have a rotten tooth – can it be saved?
The answer to that very much depends on the nature and extent of the damage to your tooth, and whether it has spread down to the root. However, only a dentist will be able to determine this and you should visit them as soon as you can because your dentist will do everything they can to save your tooth, and the longer you leave it the less chance there is.
What causes rotten teeth?
Bacteria are present in our mouth which live of food particles that are trapped in between our teeth, and especially sugary food and drinks which makes them multiply extremely fast. They also turn sugar into a type of glue which enables them to stick to the surface of the tooth, making it harder for your saliva to wash them away. This is why brushing and flossing is so important. If the bacteria is not removed they grow and form colonies, producing a film called plaque, which contains acid that erodes the tooth enamel, making holes that form cavities.
The problem is that most people are unaware of any problem until the acid begins to attack the nerve fibres under the enamel – but by then you already have tooth decay.
Plaque can also irritate the gums, causing gum tissues to break down. This can spread below the gumline and damage the bone that supports the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. This is even more insidious than a cavity as there are likely to be no symptoms until an abscess forms – by which time it may be too late to save the tooth.
How can rotten teeth be fixed?
Fillings, crowns and root canals can be used to repair teeth, depending on the extent of the damage. While fillings are the cheapest of the lot, crowns and root canal treatments are very expensive and if you need to replace a rotten tooth altogether with bridgework, a denture or a dental implant then you could be talking about thousands of pounds.
Traveling abroad can save you a lot – as much as 85% on some treatments – you only have to look at the Dental Departures website where you can compare prices and book online. Look at these examples:
Crowns – In the US $1,150; In Mexico $160
Dental Implant – In the US $3,900; In Thailand $1,300
Fillings – In the US $155; In Costa Rica $50
If you are worried about the expense of dental care at home you can always look to incorporate your dental care costs as part of your annual holiday. Many people do, saving themselves a fortune, and ensuring their dental health remains optimal so they don’t have to worry about rotten teeth in the future.
To find the best dentists abroad with Dental Departures. Start your search here.
Categories: Dental Questions |
November 4, 2014 by Neil Walker
Beautiful Smile – Photo Credit: Mark Sebastian
You really can transform your smile on holiday with cosmetic dentistry in Cancun. This popular destination is an archetypal dream holiday location with its pristine white beaches, turquoise waters and sophisticated leisure amenities, with travelers from all over the world now realizing they can get the smile they always wanted in just a couple of weeks, and for a fraction of the price they’d pay at home.
Cosmetic dentistry usually refers to dental work that improves the esthetics (appearance) of the teeth, but not necessarily the function. Although the American Dental Association doesn’t recognize it as a formal specialist area of dentistry, there are two specialties that have been seen, traditionally, to focus on esthetics – prosthodontics (false teeth) and orthodontics (braces).
These days, depending on which dentist you go to, there are other specialties and techniques that are used in cosmetic dentistry, and many dentists see the esthetic, health and functional aspects of the teeth as equally important – if your teeth look good then it’s likely they are supported by underlying good oral health.
Of course, there are quick fix techniques which can improve your smile dramatically in one or two visits, and treatments which take a lot longer and require a commitment to regular visits. Modern dentistry is now so accomplished that there is usually more than one way to achieve the same result. Any good cosmetic dentist will be more than happy to offer you a number of options, and to discuss the pros and cons with you in detail. Take a look at some of the cosmetic dentistry treatments our dentists in Cancun offer:
Cosmetic Dental Treatments that can be done in one trip
These treatments can make a huge difference to your smile in no time at all:
- Tooth-colored fillings are the easiest and quickest to do. Now that silver-colored amalgam fillings are out of vogue, most dentists offer tooth-colored fillings in either porcelain or composite. The process is the same as for a silver filling, and can be done in a matter of minutes. Obviously, color-matched to the shade of your own teeth, they look far more attractive than the silver colored fillings.
- Laser teeth whitening makes a dramatic difference to your smile. If you are happy with your smile, but would like a Hollywood bright, white smile then this is for you. The process usually takes less than two hours and involves a whitening gel being applied to your teeth. The gel contains a bleaching agent which is activated by a laser to remove the years of yellowing on your teeth, bringing them back to sparkling white.
- Dental veneers are another fantastic way of transforming your smile. They can be used to disguise individual misshapen teeth, or can be used in a row of (usually) 4, 6 or 8 to disguise a misaligned smile, creating a beautiful veneer over the offending bad-looking teeth. They can give you the same look as orthodontic treatment, but in far less time. Depending on how many veneers you want, some dental clinics with in-house laboratories may be able to create your new smile in a day, otherwise you may have to wait a week, attending the dentist on the first day to have impressions taken and the last to have the veneers fitted.
- Crowns may be used to strengthen weak teeth, or to cover imperfections. Rather than attached to the front of the tooth, like a veneer, they cover the whole tooth. They can also be used as part of a bridge to fill the gap where a tooth is missing. Again, if your dentist has an in-house lab you may be able to get the crown in a day, otherwise you may have to wait for a week.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments that take more than one visit
Some cosmetic dentistry treatments need a commitment to regular dental visits and will need more than one trip:
- Dental implants are the best way of replacing missing teeth. They look feel and act like your own tooth, and no-one will ever be able to tell the difference. Although some implants can be placed in one day, for the majority of us it is not advisable. For a dental implant to be effective it needs to be stable, and this usually involved a process called osseointegration. This is when the implant fuses with the jaw bone causing a strong, stable anchor for a crown (false tooth) to be attached. Osseointegration takes a number of months, which means that once the implant has been placed you will need to return in 6-12 months for the crown to be fitted.
- Orthodontic treatment is used for straightening teeth, usually with braces. While there are a number of different methods used, the process takes between 1 and 3 years to achieve the desired result, and is not usually suitable for a holiday dental treatment.
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