How it started…
You most probably know at least one person in your country who has paid a visit to Budapest for dental care and returned home proudly and happily with a brand-new and gorgeous smile. Patients from Germany and Austria began crossing the Hungarian border for cheaper-yet-high-quality dental care as early as the 1980s.
Within two decades Hungary had become one of the globe’s hottest dental destinations, a real “dental paradise”. Most of the country’s dental tourism patients – thousands and thousands per year – arrive from English-speaking countries, such as the UK, Ireland, Canada or the US. Recently, however, a new trend has been developing, as tourists from Switzerland, Denmark and Iceland are now visiting Hungary in record numbers, since their local dental treatment fees are very high, while the quality of the services is not always top-notch, but sometimes even poor in those countries.
Asdis is one of the many foreign patients who travel to Hungary for dental services at Madenta. Following a rather complex, but smooth and successful dental treatment, including tooth removal, temporary crown placement, and a permanent zirconium bridge placement 4 months later, she was happy to share her experiences at Madenta with us.
“I had a complex problem in my mouth,
which was mostly aesthetic – well, at least that’s what I thought. There was a huge gap between my two front teeth. This so-called diastema must be a genetic thing as my son has the same problem. Also, my teeth were stained and discoloured. Because of how they looked, my self-esteem was extremely low and my self-image awfully bad. I never smiled with my mouth open – the maximum you could have seen from me was a tight-lipped smile; and many times I hid my mouth with my hand in front of strangers. As years passed, my mood and state-of-mind got lower and lower. Sometimes I told myself, ‘That’s it for me! I will never get back that smiley, cheerful and sociable Asdis I used to be.’
While I was constantly thinking of my defective smile,
an even bigger problem occurred. My jaw bones, along with my gums, started shrinking, and due to that some of my teeth started getting loose. They were still functioning well, so I did not pay too much attention to this problem. But I got more and more desperate about the look of my smile, so I decided to search for dental help.
You probably want to know what brought me to Hungary.
Many reasons. First, Western European patients can save up to 70% on dental care in Hungary in comparison to our prices, receiving the same quality, if not higher. Sure, the significant financial savings are an important factor, but not the prime consideration, as without high-quality service low prices mean nothing when your health is on the line. But with Hungarian dentists, one doesn’t need to make such compromises! The country is well known for its high-level education system. Hungarian dentists undergo extensive training to become skilled and proficient.
But what mattered the most was
that my sister, my son and some other members of my family were already Madenta patients. And they were raving about every aspect of it: the highly expert doctors and assistants, great customer service, calm atmosphere, exclusive wellness center-like interior, state-of-the-art equipment, and excellent facilities, speed of treatment.
But what instantly won me over was a selfie taken by my sister right after finishing her restorative treatment. It is not only that I was extremely happy for her gorgeous smile, but that photo gave me hope that one day my smile could be radiant and beautiful again too, and my self-esteem healed.
So now you can see that coming to Budapest and having the treatment at Madenta wasn’t an idea out of the blue, or rushed, but a well-grounded decision.
There is one more thing.
One of the many advantages of Madenta over other Hungarian dental clinics also specialized in treating foreign patients is that for several countries co-operates with native speaker contact persons.
According to the treatment plan
composed by Madenta, eight of my teeth needed to be extracted. Although I believed that things could be fixed somehow without having to remove them, this information did not come as a big shock. I knew that my life was going to be much easier, much more pleasant, and my look incomparably better with my new teeth. So, I acknowledged it: ‘Okay, this is what has to be done.’
Four months later I arrived in Budapest
along with my son, who came to give me support and reassurance. I thought that I was going to need him there, as I had been seriously afraid of dentists before: whenever I had to go for dental treatment, I trembled. It wasn’t any different this time. When I first arrived at the clinic, I was half-dead with fright. I did not even look around. When prosthetics specialist Árpád Nagy came to greet me, I told him straight away how scared I was.
He just smiled reassuringly, seemed relaxed, strong-willed and full of self-confidence. We had a long conversation and he explained why it was necessary to extract my teeth. If my teeth weren’t removed, he said, I would face the slow-but-inevitable process of losing them one after another.
I was scared so I had many questions, but he was super nice and unendingly patient. I trusted him instantly and knew with 100% certainty that I had made the right decision. As quickly as he earned my trust, it has remained. Forever.
I stayed in Budapest for five working days,
and went to Madenta four times altogether. I was impressed by how a complex, serious treatment can be carried out in a matter of days at Madenta. In one day, I had eight teeth removed, and straight away a plastic temporary crown (called ‘chairside crown’) was inserted, so I did not go toothless even for a single day! Another day, Dr. Nagy took a dental impression of my mouth, not in the traditional way but with an intraoral scanner.
The device seemed like futuristic technology, but this method is much more gentle than the traditional way of taking a dental impression, which was a huge relief. In a few days, based on the scan impression, my temporary bridge was produced in a dental laboratory. On the last day, I went back to get my temporary bridge placement.
The moment it was inserted into my mouth was the beginning of my new life. I looked in the mirror and cried, it was so beautiful. The memory of that moment still brings tears to my eyes.
After getting my temporary bridge
I took a selfie and posted it on Facebook. The reactions were overwhelming. I am not kidding – in a few hours, I got hundreds and hundreds of comments and messages: ‘Wow, what happened to you? Where did you get your beautiful teeth? You look so different and much younger, your smile radiates. Could you send me the contact information in a private message?’ etc., etc. I was on the phone talking to people and sending messages all the time. It was like a full-time workday for me, texting and messaging everyone, recounting my experiences, and passing on the contact details. I was like a Madenta agent ☺. And my ‘mission’ did not simply end there.
After getting home,
I couldn’t stop talking about my Madenta experiences. I recalled my thoughts and impressions. For example, the memories of Dr. Nagy, who remained extremely thoughtful and caring during the whole process. He always explained everything to me in great detail, so I always knew what the next step would be and what to expect: what I would feel, or hear. He kept talking to me throughout the whole treatment. Nothing came unexpectedly, and I felt like I was in full control the whole time. After one day I started feeling relaxed in the chair. Relaxed, calm and safe. And not just the attitude; Dr. Nagy is a highly-skilled dentist, a perfectionist, very accurate and professional, paying attention to even the smallest details.
And it is not just him, but Madenta overall. As I got more and more relaxed, I started looking around and noticing what was around me: the state-of-the-art facilities, the cleanliness, the stylish and exclusive design, the cheerful, relaxing atmosphere.
Also, I got a heart-warming feeling that Madenta colleagues work together like one big family. Everyone is kind and polite, they treat their patients with warmth, and make you feel at home. My patient coordinator is amazing, as are the receptionists. Their smile is real. I felt wonderful among these people; even waiting for my next treatment was a nice, relaxing experience.
I lived with the temporary bridge for four months
with no problem at all. It was aesthetically impeccable and functioned well. Then I came back to Budapest again, this time alone without my son. I did not need his support as I felt like I was coming home. During my second stay,
I got my permanent zirconium bridge, which is excellent! It is metal-free, super comfortable, solid and strong, and extremely natural-looking, with good translucency, shape, and color. This time I stayed for 8 working days and had many fewer appointments, so I had the chance to explore Budapest. It is such a truly charming, wonderful city. I am an adventurous person, I travel a lot, have lived in different countries – Spain, Sweden, the US – but that city is truly unique. I told my friend yesterday that I could live there. I can visualize myself as a ‘ Budapester’ . Everybody is so kind there, they treat you as a family member or a good friend. My home country is beautiful and its people are great but in a very different way. Budapest has an especially loveable, catchy atmosphere. And it’s beautiful: the panoramic views over the Danube and its bridges, the architecture…! This is a city of wonders!
And still, if you’d ask me about my best Budapest experience,
I would emphasize one thing: my new teeth, my new life. I can walk on the street now and smile at the world. That is the most wonderful and uplifting feeling!
Madenta is one of the best things that ever happened to me. Thanks to them my entire life has changed for the better, much better. I look back at old pictures, photos of my ‘previous life’ and it is shocking to see what a grumpy-face I was with my mouth closed all the time and no smile at all.
But now I am smiling all the time.
Sometimes I make jokes about it: ‘Okay, the next big thing I should go for is a botox treatment, because I am already starting to get crow’s feet around my eyes.’
No, no, I am only kidding. I would rather have 1,000 crow’s feet on my face than one missing tooth from my mouth. Teeth are very important. When I meet or talk to someone, I see their eyes and teeth first. That is the first impression we make on each other.
My family and friends keep telling me
that I look much younger with my new teeth. I am still learning to live a full life again and smile my way through it. Like I learned to walk as a baby. The Madenta team probably can’t even imagine the effect their work has had on my life. They are like a big family to me now.
What is my message
for those who are in the same shoes and still hesitant?
Don’t wait! Go for it, and don’t waste any more time. You will get a different life. Read my story – it’s the truth. Trust Madenta and its team and book your ticket right now to Budapest.”