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Pursuit of the perfect smile: Why an increasing number of wealthy patients are heading to Turkey

Smile Dental has been attracting rave reviews from its patients over recent years.

By LLM Reporters  |  November 24, 2021
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Bright, white and perfectly aligned, the perfect smile has the power to light up an entire room. And today, with a plethora of innovative new treatments on the table to help transform almost any set of teeth, there’s no need to settle for anything less.

In the UK, cosmetic dental treatments can be pricey, with an increasing number of patients opting to travel to Turkey for procedures in a bid to cut costs. But increasingly, we’re seeing even the wealthiest customers, for whom money is no object, also choosing to follow suit.

While many assume that the appeal of visiting a dentist in Turkey for a smile makeover or dental surgery is all about economising, it seems that there is a lot more to it than just that, and today, the nation offers some of the very best dental clinics and most experienced professionals in the world.

Smile Dental has been attracting rave reviews from its patients over recent years

Smile Dental is one such clinic, and has been attracting rave reviews from its patients over recent years. Founded in 2009 by Dr. Dt Özkan Özkaynak and Dr. Dt. Uğur Gültekinler, it prides itself on offering top-class dentistry services which go above and beyond – and besides the treatments themselves, packages include VIP transfers and accommodation to make the entire process smoother, easier and stress-free.

Rather than feeling like your run of the mill dentist’s surgery, the clinic could just as easily be a luxury spa, with clients made to feel at home from the outset and staff going the extra mile to ensure an enjoyable and fruitful experience throughout.

Using the latest technology for dental treatments including veneers and dental implants – which remain two of the most popular choices in cosmetic dentistry – the clinic has now been completing perfect smile makeovers for twelve years, finishing off with professional teeth whitening by Philips Zoom.

To make its services more accessible, it offers a range of dental treatment plans, with patients receiving a free x-ray in their home country prior to travel to ensure that they are a suitable candidate for their desired procedure – or, if they are unsure what exactly it is that they are looking for to uplevel their smile, so that they can be assessed and advised the right course of action to achieve their desired results.

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Smile Dental Turkey believe everyone deserves a healthy and attractive smile

“Everyone deserves a healthy and attractive smile,” says Mehmet Uyar, senior patient coordinator. “And at Smile Dental Turkey, we can make that a reality. Our experienced cosmetic dentists have seen first-hand the difference it can make in boosting a person’s confidence, and there is nothing more rewarding than that. We’ve completed thousands of smile transformations over the years, but never tire of that feeling – it’s our ‘why’, and the reason we do what we do.”

Besides being incredibly passionate about what they do, the Smile Dental Turkey team have a wealth of experience behind them, too – ensuring that their patients can always relax in the knowledge that they are in safe hands.

Mr Uyar added: “Our dental team are all highly trained and dedicated to their work. They are also very well-versed in cosmetic dentistry, and our specialists have years of experience behind them – so should a patient require oral surgery then they are perfectly placed to carry it out. We use only respectable and well-known brand-name implants, so should you require dental implant treatment, for example, then you can expect to receive Straumann and Nobel Biocare implants. Everything we do is to the very highest of standards.”

Dr Özkaynak qualified as a general dentist at Ankara University, before opting to continue his studies in order to become a specialist in oral surgery. Today, not only does he carry out some of the most complex surgeries at Smile Dental Turkey, but also lectures on the subject as an assistant professor at Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi, in Trabzon.

Everyone wants to achieve a perfect smile, and thanks to constant improvements in technology, this can be achieved much more easily than ever before

“Oral surgeons specialise in treating injuries, diseases and other problems affecting the head, so they are well-equipped to deal with some of the more complex cases we are presented with. Not only have they undergone advanced training in placing dental implants, conducting bone grafts and removing impacted wisdom teeth – all procedures that general dentist practitioners cannot perform,” he says.

Dr Uğur, meanwhile, is the clinic’s very best smile designer, having graduated with a degree in dentistry from the Faculty of Dentistry in Izmir before going on to hone his skills in the field. Using only the best and most advanced techniques and the latest smile technology, he has already brought hundreds of visions to life over the years, with his artistic abilities and meticulous approach ensuring breath-taking results every time.

Together, the two co-founded Smile Dental with the aim of creating one of the most advanced dental clinics in Turkey to life – and today, they have achieved just that.

Founded in 2009 by Dr. Dt Özkan Özkaynak and Dr. Dt. Uğur Gültekinler, Smile Dental Turkey prides itself on offering top-class dentistry services which go above and beyond

Although it is of course a bonus that prices for dental treatment are lower in Turkey than they are here in the UK, it’s clear that that doesn’t mean compromising on any element of treatment – and from the initial assessment to the final results of treatment, the utmost in quality and professionalism prevail.

British citizens travelling to Turkey for personal reasons – including medical tourism – are permitted to remain in the country for up to 90 days out of any 180 day period, so there is no need to apply for a visa prior to travel. And to make the entire process as simple as possible, Smile Dental Turkey also provides advice on local accommodation options to suit your tastes and needs, as well as VIP transport included in your package from arrival in Turkey to the time you leave.

To book an appointment or procedure, patients can simply request a quotation and consultation via the Smile Dental website, and be on their way to smile perfection in no time.