I went to Croatia and was able to receive $60,000 worth of cosmetic work for just over $10,000, including airfare. I thought I was getting the deal of the century. When I asked them how they could afford to do that, they told me health care was more affordable in their country because they don’t have as many laws and restrictions. I fell for it hook line and sinker. I’ve been home two weeks and have followed all their instructions including not to eat with my front teeth for a few months. But, since then four of them have already fallen out including one of the front teeth. I promise I haven’t been eating with it. What do you recommend?
Dental tourism is a booming industry, especially for advanced cases like smile makeovers. Unfortunately, as you are discovering, it rarely works out the way the tourist hopes. While it is true we have more regulations in our health care system, most of that is to protect the patient from unhealthy or incompetent practices.
If they truly gave you porcelain veneers, telling you to avoid eating with your front teeth sends off huge warning bells to me. With correctly bonded porcelain veneers, you should be able to eat anything you want. It sounds to me like these “dentists” may not truly understand how to bond them. Though, there is always the possibility they didn’t provide you with true porcelain veneers.
Getting this Smile Makeover Repaired
You are going to need the expertise of a top of the line cosmetic dentist. Look for one who is AACD accredited. They are in the top 1% of cosmetic dentists in the country.
The first thing you’ll want to find out is if they are truly porcelain veneers. That is your best-case scenario. If they are, an expert cosmetic dentist can bond them back on properly. This isn’t something any dentist can do. It requires techniques and skills most dentists don’t have. I’d recommend having the rest of them re-bonded as well if that is the case.
If they are not porcelain veneers, you can try to get your money back, but most of that will depend on the laws available to the consumer in Croatia. It’s not likely to be anywhere near as useful as what you have here.
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