As a serial-avoider of dentists I might not be the obvious candidate to check out one of Budapest’s dental clinics. After casually mentioning that, ‘well, maybe whiter teeth could be nice’ to my friends at ClickFlySmile.com – I found myself agreeing to check out one of the biggest and best clinics in town. This is my feedback from today’s visit to a dental clinic in Budapest.*
Like many men, tasks such as putting up a shed, deciphering a map or running a business presentation in front of important clients are no challenge at all. While picking up the phone to book an appointment at the dentists… now that is simply terrifying. Fortunately the receptionist spoke excellent English, there was an appointment the next day and even a special offer which would see my treatment significantly cheaper than the list price – which was already a big saving compared to UK dental prices. I would have an ultrasound scale removal, polish and then a tooth-whitening treatment. Tomorrow would see my wine and coffee stained teeth emerge from years of being a cream colour at best… if I was brave enough to actually go.
My Dental Treatment Abroad – The Day Of Arrives
Waking up on time and feeling fine can be a mixed blessing sometimes. With my last possible excuses for missing my dentist appointment gone, it was a matter of cleaning my teeth 3 times and getting on the tube train to the clinic. As an aside, the metro I took was the first one built in Europe. It runs from the centre of Budapest to a huge park with such delights as thermal baths, a castle and (in season) an ice-skating rink. I got off literally 2 minutes from the clinic, a grand looking classical building clearly signed and decorated with big flags.
I was soon inside, sat on a comfortable leather sofa in a waiting room which would put many UK dentists to shame, and filling out a questionnaire on my medical history. This was just a series of ‘yes / no’ answers on whether I was currently on medication or had any conditions which might affect their choices of treatment. Suzie, the dental nurse who would carry out my whitening treatment then came to introduce herself and take me to the treatment room.
The dentist was waiting and soon had me comfortable with a little small talk and enquiry about my lamentable lack of previous dentist experiences. Last time I had any treatment was 2 years ago, and a horrifying 15 year gap before that… We started with a standard check-up procedure.
Well, top marks for this part of the treatment, which was fast and easy. I soon had my teeth (complete with type of filling) displayed on a computer screen. He not only spotted the 8 missing ones – but correctly named the reasons they were gone (4 for orthodontic reasons and 4 wisdom teeth which were growing in completely the wrong direction). The good news was that no additional work was needed, the bad news was that the build-up of plaque under my gums had lead to inflammation… no big deal, I just need an over the counter medicated mouthwash for a while.
Next the process was explained to me. First the scale, then the polish, then 2 sets of 15 minutes whitening treatment. I asked about the all-important wait before I would be able to drink coffee again and was happy to hear that 1 day off would be enough! Red wine I can temporarily live without… coffee, no.
[story continues on part 2]
*name of the practice is omitted due to restrictions
We met Mark at an stand-up comedy event and he told us about his needs accidentally that led to this writing. Hope you enjoyed. Stay tuned for the next part.