There is a very old saying that goes “when you smile, the whole world smiles with you” and smiling has huge and positive effects on our emotional wellbeing, physical health and the way people around us react and interact with us. A beautiful smile radiates warmth, vitality and confidence, lighting up the room you are in and changing the way people look at you. The movies and television programmes we watch and the magazines we read are filled with beautiful people with stunning Hollywood smiles, and there can be little doubt that society is more conscious of appearance than ever before. Life is so often all about that first impression - whether you are going on a date or for that big job interview, your smile will say so much about the sort of person you are to the people you meet.
The search for the perfect smile
We are obsessed with physical perfection, and so people with imperfect teeth are often not willing to crack that all important smile, and so can come over as miserable and unhappy, even if that is not the sort of people they really are!
Millions of people across the world are unhappy about the way their smile looks, and there are many reasons why they feel their smile is less than perfect. Stained and discoloured teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth, overbites and simply general decay due to age are all issues that can compromise a smile. So, it is no surprise that more and more people are deciding to look at cosmetic dentistry to fix such problems and get the perfect smile they always wanted but that Mother Nature did not provide.
How can you get the perfect smile?
There are more treatments and techniques these days than ever before, so whatever shape your teeth are in, there is a solution. From braces to whitening, from implants to veneers, dentists can help to give anyone that perfect smile. However, in the United Kingdom, cosmetic dentistry can be very expensive: even with finance options to spread the cost, a single implant can cost thousands. And forget about NHS services – they are only available in cases of clear and urgent medical need. Waiting times can also often be an issue even if you go private and pay through the nose; it can often take some weeks or even months from initially meeting your dentist to actually getting what you have paid for done.
Dental Treatments in Turkey
Due to these problems, people are increasingly looking to find their solutions abroad, and more and more people are choosing clinics in Turkey. So why are people going to Turkey for their treatments?
Dental treatments can last for many years and going to Turkey means you do not have to compromise on quality. Turkey is home to some of the best dental clinics you can find anywhere in the world, and the country has established itself as one of the main destinations for people seeking healthcare services, with over 500,000 tourists visiting each year for services such as cosmetic dentistry. Dentists operating in Turkey follow very exacting and high standards of work – 5 years of training at one of the country’s 15 schools of dentistry is the minimum before dentists can start a practice.
All the materials and technology used are the same as you would find in UK clinics. The industry is also well-regulated; to practise in Turkey, dentists must have qualifications recognised by the Ministry of Health. The Turkish Dental Association (TBD) also oversees dental practices and registration with this organisation is compulsory for all dentists. Make sure your chosen dentist is a member! It is also wise to choose a clinic who are members of the Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (EDAD), this demonstrates that the dentist is continuing to immerse themselves in the latest advances and developments in dentistry techniques. All this means the standard of dental treatment, such as veneers in Turkey is excellent.
Whatever the treatment you need, the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Turkey is likely to be far lower than in your own country. UK Patients will find that they can save around 50% and even as much as 70%, and the more work you need, and the more costly the surgery, the more you can save. Treatments include:
If you need work done, and cannot afford to get it done at home, then Turkey could be your ideal solution.
Flights from the UK to Turkey take around 4-5 hours and many patients elect to build a holiday around their dental treatment. Turkey is a large country and is a major tourist destination with so much to see and do with something for everyone. If cities are your thing, then many clinics are located in magnificent and historical Istanbul. Lovers of the Mediterranean climate can take a beach holiday in Antalya, Marmaris or one of the many other beautiful coastal resorts and many of the well rated dental clinics will offer free accommodation as part of your dental package. Even if they don’t, five-star hotels do not cost the earth in Turkey so why not enjoy a world-class holiday while having world-class dental treatments?
No Waiting Time
Making an appointment with a Turkish dental clinic is supremely easy and very quick – and waiting times are practically non-existent.
Tips For Getting The Best Treatment
Once you have chosen your location, research clinics thoroughly and ask to speak to the dentists who will be performing the procedures. English should be spoken fluently.
Testimonials – have a look at reviews online.
Make sure the clinic is a member of the Turkish Dental Association.
Ideally they should also be a member of the Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, especially if you are having cosmetic dentistry.
Ensure your chosen dentist takes you through all stages of your treatment so you are clear on what to expect before, during and after the procedures. They should also explain any potential complications, side-effects and guide you on what after-care is needed at home.
Do they offer any guarantees for the work performed?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions – your chosen dentist should be happy to discuss anything with you.
The perfect smile and a new you could just be a flight away.