Every single person appreciates a beautiful smile. When someone flashes their pearly whites at us, we are delighted with how it lights up their face and makes the person glow. But not everyone has naturally perfect teeth. Some people can blame crooked teeth on genetics, but many wear their teeth down over the years. Luckily, we have dentists that can fix any flaw we find with our teeth, but how popular are they around the world and which continents are the most popular for specific dental procedures?
Europe’s blooming dental tourism
A lot of people don’t realize how cheap Europe can be. But for some people it is actually cheaper to get plane tickets, pay for accommodation for a couple of nights and the dental fees, than to get their teeth taken care of in their own country. It sounds ridiculous – but it’s true. Spain has some of the cheapest dental fees in Europe and it has become a popular destination for dental tourism because of its low prices. Other countries, like Hungary, are not only a lot cheaper than the US and Northern Europe, but are also home to some of Europe’s most famous dentist. That is why they are on the top of the list for anyone who’s looking to travel while visiting a dentist. People travel to find a perfect dentist for several reasons: because the price tag in their own country is too high, the procedure they need isn’t commonly practiced in their country, or they simply can’t find someone with enough experience in their locale.
Veneers in Australia
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed onto the teeth to make them appear whiter and fuller. And ever since the Australian YouTube sensation Lauren Curtis got hers fitted and talked about them in one of her videos, every dentist in Sydney and other parts of the country worth their salt has seen a surge in demand for these “false nails for teeth”. There is both a reversible and permanent option, and the shells have a 93% success rate after ten years. The procedure is completely painless, and people adapt to their new teeth almost instantly – although seeing your smile in the mirror might catch you by surprise. It helps people overcome problems with low self-esteem because of crooked teeth and allows anyone to have a perfect set. Veneers, however, are not a replacement for adult braces, and shouldn’t be used to cover up something that should be fixed, they are simply an aesthetic enhancement for teeth that are healthy, but don’t look the part.
Snow-white teeth from the USA
A lot of American people pride themselves on having perfectly white teeth – but know that most of the time this pearly white color isn’t natural. Colored teeth aren’t necessarily a sign of bad health: teeth get stained from coffee, food, nicotine and many other substances, but even people who avoid all of these can only have slightly off-white teeth. If you see someone with a smile that can light up a room – literally – they have most likely had their teeth whitened by a dentist. There are many different procedures for teeth whitening, and while in the past there were procedures that would literally shave off the top layer of the teeth, they are not used anymore because they damage the teeth and make them susceptible to staining. However, nowadays, teeth are mostly treated with a product containing an active ingredient, such as hydrogen peroxide, which is sometimes further accompanied by a UV light or laser. It results in extremely white teeth, but keep in mind that this isn’t a permanent solution. No matter how well you brush your teeth and avoid “staining foods” you will need to go back for a touch-up after a while.
It is interesting to see which procedures are the most popular in different cultures, and to think about why some places lean more towards one dental school or another, especially since today most procedures are available in every country. But one thing is clear: everyone values healthy, white teeth, especially if they are framed with a smile.