24.01.2023 - 17:39 / dailyrecord.co.uk
A woman who would never smile in photos due to her dodgy teeth travelled 28,000 miles for dentist treatment in Budapest - and says she never stops grinning now. Olive Bruce, 61, had issues with her NHS dentist near Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, and looked at alternative options before her daughter's wedding in 2003.
She found treatment in Budapest, Hungary, was about half the cost of going private in the UK. Mum-of-four Olive grew up so self-conscious of her teeth that she would never smile before a camera, and wanted her teeth to be fixed before wedding photos.
At primary school she had fallen against a water fountain and twisted a front tooth, causing the nerves to coil around the tooth, resulting in her having major surgery and being advised her top teeth would only last five years. And she vetoed suggestions of a false tooth as the big day neared.
Olive discovered Kreativ Dental Clinic in Budapest, Hungary, which was offering treatment for UK patients at up to 70 per cent less than the prices for private dentistry in the UK, and was located above a garage. Since then she has been out to Budapest on 12 occasions, totting up to 27,960 miles.
She travelled to Budapest with two pals and was initially daunted by the low-key set up - which has now expanded into two purpose built clinics. But Olive said she had never seen a clinic so hygienic and now incorporates dental work into her holiday plans - and hopes to go back in February.
Olive said: "When I first went it was my husband who suggested it, he did a bit of research. I didn't know what I was going into, it was a culture shock.
"It was above a garage but it was the most hygienic clinic. Peter has done all my treatment and he is fantastic.
"My friends and I make it a