Getting Veneers Abroad: Why It Can Make Sense
If you have a chipped, partly broken, cracked or heavily discoloured teeth, you can consider having dental veneers treatment. Dental Veneers offer an excellent cosmetic solution, especially if you are not comfortable with your current dental smile. As dental veneer treatment can be quite expensive, more and more people are considering getting veneers abroad.
One of the leading dental tourist destinations is the small Mediterranean island of Malta. Due to its rich history and strong connection to the UK, many British Nationals travel to Malta every year to not only work on their tan but to also make use of the excellent dental standards in Malta as well as cost-effective cosmetic dental treatments.
What Are Dental Veneers?
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is customised to fit over the front surface of a tooth, either to protect it by providing strength and resilience or to enhance it aesthetically.
Although veneers are quite thin, they can endure the same wear and tear as your teeth for many years to come. Dental veneers are made from different kinds of materials with the most common ones being:
These are made out of 100% porcelain. They are durable, natural looking and should be made in a laboratory. Although they are a little costly, they last for a long time, 7-20 years if properly taken care of. They are also resistant to stains.
Lumineers are relatively thinner veneers for minor imperfections. Since they do not require the enamel to be reshaped before installation, they can be removed at a later time. They are also affordable compared to porcelain veneers.
For full details on dental veneer treatments at Savina Dental Clinics (Malta & Gozo) can be found here: Dental Veneers In Malta: What Options Are Available?
Are Veneers Abroad The Right Solution For You?
Veneers can be used in a great variety of situations with little to no complication and deliver immediate results. One of the major advantages of getting veneers abroad is time and cost. The entire procedure is swift and safe. In just one or two visits, you will have your veneers in place. While they cannot alter the overall health of your teeth, they should be used for cosmetic reasons only.
Advantages Of Dental Veneers Abroad
Getting veneers abroad is cheaper compared to having it done locally with up to 30%-50% off. These treatments are also much quicker when done overseas with either a single visit if using CEREC veneers or else two visits over the course of 7 days for traditional veneers. For more complex cases, two weeks may be required. Other than being affordable, you get to enjoy your treatment in an exotic location with no waiting list and the opportunity to have a short holiday.
Most importantly, dental treatment abroad is performed by highly trained, qualified and experienced professionals. These experts use the latest techniques and equipment and are often members of renowned dental organisations.
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Disadvantages Of Dental Veneers Abroad
There are a few downsides to getting veneers overseas which may include language and cultural differences, especially if the dentist and the staff are unable to communicate in English. In case something goes wrong after a treatment abroad, most people are forced to visit their local dentists who may add up to the cost of their treatment. Thankfully this is not an issue in Malta, as they are a bilingual nation, speaking both English and Maltese as their first languages.
What Are The Typical Costs Involved With Having Veneers Abroad?
The cost of getting veneers abroad in Malta is approximately €395 per tooth for traditional veneers, €495 for CERAC veneers while Lumineers start from €525. Click here to view the latest indicative prices at Savina Dental Clinics (Malta & Gozo).
What Should One Do Before Booking An Appointment With A Dentist Abroad?
It is imperative that you do your research before you book a dental veneers treatment. Find out as much as you can about the company, clinic, and the dentists. Check the qualifications of the dentist, their reputation, and their license. Ensure that you know what your bill includes regarding treatment and any other extra payments you might need to make.
At Savina Clinics, we offer a free e-consultation service where all your questions will be answered by our highly trained dentists to help put your mind at rest.
What Is The Typical Porcelain Veneers Procedure For Dental Tourists?
The First Visit For The Veneer Impression
During your first visit, your dentist will start with a consultation/ examination. They will then prepare your teeth by making an impression of the existing teeth and use it as a prototype for the new veneers. You will be assisted in choosing your preferred tooth veneer shade based on various factors including your complexion, hair and eye colour and, of course, your wishes. then, if required for your veneer type the dentist will fit you with temporary veneers to help you function normally as the permanent veneers are being prepared.
The Second Visit To Attach The Permanent Veneer
When you come in for your 2nd visit, the permanent veneers will be fitted securely with a dental bonding cement. The result will be that of a new tooth or teeth that blend in perfectly with the rest. The time required between visits is between 1 and 2 weeks. Before booking flights to receive dental treatment abroad at Savina Clinics, make sure to use the free e-consultation service to determine the exact amount of time required.
What Is The Typical Lumineers Procedure For Dental Tourists?
Unlike the traditional porcelain veneers, with very few exceptions, Lumineers do not require any preparation. The process usually takes about a week or two but may only need one visit to the dentist to have them installed if using CEREC computer-milling process. This avoids the need for impressions or temporaries. Once your Lumineers are ready, the dentist will try them in for a good fit. After fitting them in, the Lumineers are bonded to your teeth with a light-cured instant bonding cement. Even if your teeth are moderately etched, no sensitive tooth structure is removed.
Top 5 Reasons Malta Is Growing In Popularity As A Dental Tourism Destination
As dental treatment in the UK, Ireland and other parts of Europe soars, more and more people are opting for Malta where they can have the same procedure done at 30 to 50% lower cost. Here are 5 great reasons why you should consider Malta if you are looking into getting veneers abroad:
- High-quality dental work: Malta boasts of high-quality dental works with their UK trained dental practitioners and staff
- Maltese people are by nature bilingual: Dental tourists do not have to worry about the language barrier since Maltese people are by nature bilingual, speaking English & Maltese Fluently. The Majority of Maltese also speak Italian due to its close proximity to Sicily.
- Top European Holiday Destination: Malta is a renowned holiday destination worldwide, thanks to its touristic beauty, 300 days of sunshine and affordability
- Affordable Treatment: Maltese dentists offer affordable dental treatment with transparent pricing. Most of the dental tourism practices provide the price of dental procedures and medication upfront
- Daily low-cost airlines: There are some low budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet that fly daily to and from Malta. There is also Malta’s own Air Malta that flies between all major European cities
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Is There Aftercare Required After The Dental Veneers Abroad Procedure?
The life of your dental veneers depends on how well you take care of them. Although the porcelain is long lasting, the exposed part of your tooth is still vulnerable to decay. Here are a few aftercare requirements after having veneers installed:
- Brush and floss regularly and diligently
- In case you notice any puffiness in the gums or bleeding around the teeth with veneers, contact your dentist
- Avoid abrasive toothpaste as they can scratch the margin of your veneers
- Avoid exposing your teeth to excessive forces
- Minimize staining influences like coffee, red wine and tea
- Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth
Have You Tried Our Free e-Consultation Service?
Are you are thinking about getting dental veneers abroad? If so, please visit our “Overseas Patients” section for full details of the steps to take to begin treatment at Savina Dental Clinics.
We pride ourselves in meticulous patient aftercare, which is as highly sought-after as our state-of-the-art dentistry and our cutting-edge practices.
Entrusting your dental care to Savina in Malta can help you reduce the cost of your dental treatment as well as offer you the chance to enjoy a short break in the Mediterranean in a climate conducive to overall health and well being. See what some of our overseas clients say about us.
If you have a dental related issue or have questions about any of the dental tourism treatments we offer, you can also contact us using our free e-Consultation service. One of our highly-qualified team will respond to your query as soon as possible. Our e-Consultation service is live 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday.
If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation at Savina Dental, please book your appointment using this form.
Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres are friendly, state-of-the-art practices in Malta and Gozo dedicated to comprehensive quality dental care. Savina Dental is an innovative dental practice in Malta and prides itself on the high-quality customer service, low waiting room times, attention to detail and the advanced dental technology at their disposal.
Dr Joseph Xuereb
Dental & Implant Surgeon. Principal
Savina Dental Clinics