Find a cosmetic dentist in Switzerland
Its synonymous with the best chocolate, cheese and watches in the world. Truly Switzerland offers a high quality of life envied by many, with everything from its general lifestyle to products and natural landscapes and rapidly growing industries being simply fantastic. Its location in the middle of Europe has worked wonders for the nation politically and financially; its no wonder then that it has been favourite meeting place for conventions and international conferences. It is a sporting paradise, with top ski resorts as Zermatt, Verbier and celebrity-studded St Moritz, and the breathtaking mountains ideal for summertime hiking. For the lesser sporty, the ancient capital of Berne offers innumerable opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and traditional folk entertainment, while Zürich is the mother of all chill out zones offering a variety of nightlife and entertainment from opera and world-class theatre to stylish bars and nightclubs.
As the Swiss like to have no stone unturned and that too impressively, they have entered into the dental tourism club, putting up the best cosmetic dental centres in prime locations that offer not just excellent cosmetic dental treatments but also provide the visitor ample opportunity to take advantage of the tourism opportunities in the country. And unlike the expensive watches and chocolates, the cosmetic dental treatments are priced affordably so that the visitor would make huge savings on his treatment, when compared to the bills he may incur in the UK and the West.
Dental Qualification and Accreditation profiles of dental practices in Switzerland
Dental training consists of 5 years study in any of the four dental schools in Switzerland. The course comprises of 2 years at the university learning the theory without any chairside work and
3 years combined university and practice. On graduation, the student is awarded the Swiss Federal Diploma for Dentistry.
It is mandatory for dentists to take part in continuing education for 10 days in every year.
Dentists can also pursue specialization in dentistry in the following areas
- Orthodontics - 4 years training and exam
- Periodontics - 3 years training and exam
- Prosthetics - 3 years training and exam
- Oral surgery - 3 years training and exam
Governing Bodies and Professional Organizations
Société Suisse d’Odonto-stomatologie (SSO) is the single main national dental association, which is responsible for organising continuing education and monitoring the practices. Almost 90% of Swiss dentists are members of the SSO. The Liechtenstein Dental Association is a section of the SSO.
What are the popular cosmetic dentistry treatments offered in Switzerland?
Some of the most popular procedures offered by the cosmetic dental clinics in Switzerland include
- Dental ceramic implants
- Porcelain crowns
- Porcelain bridges
- Non metallic partials etc.
- Porcelain veneers
- Tooth straightening
- Tooth whitening (bleaching)
What are the popular locations in Switzerland to seek cosmetic dental treatment?
Geneva, Zurich, Berne, Basel are home to several cosmetic dental clinics.
Travelling and accommodation in Switzerland
Getting There by Air
There are four main international airports in Switzerland connecting it with prime international destinations
- Zürich - which is 11km from the city supported by rail and bus services
- Geneva - which is 5km north of the city supported by taxi and bus services and a regular train service to Geneva Cornavin Station
- Bern - which is 9km southeast of the city supported by bus and taxi services, a rail service from Bern to Zürich Airport
- Basel - which is 12km from the city supported by bus and taxi services
The national airline is the Swiss (LX)
Getting There by Rail
There is an excellent network of train services that connects Switzerland with a number of major European cities. The main services and routes include
- From the UK through the Channel Tunnel to Paris and, from there, to Switzerland operated by Eurostar
- Direct high-speed trains from Spain, Italy and Germany.
- From London via the main channel crossings to Basle and Lausanne
There are also rail passes available that offer unlimited travel as well as discounts in travel to European countries excluding the country of residence.
- InterRail –offers unlimited travel in first- or second-class travel to a maximum of 30 European countries for European residents of over six months. It has two pass options
- The Global Pass - travel for 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries.
- The One-Country Pass - travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.
- Eurailpass -offers unlimited travel in 18 European countries with their validity lasting from 15 days to three months depending upon the pass options. These are not valid for residents of Europe, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, or the Russian Federation. Options include
- The Eurailpass Saver ticket - offering discount for two or more travelers
- The Eurailpass Youth ticket - offering unlimited travel to those aged under 26
- The Eurailpass Flexi - offering 10 or 15 travel days within a two-month period.
- The Eurail Selectpass - valid in up to five bordering countries and allows up to 15 days travel in a two-month period.
- The Eurail Regional Pass - permitting four to 10 travel days in a two-month period in two or three neighbouring countries.
Coach services – Regular coach services to Switzerland run by the Eurolines
Getting Around by Air
Domestic flights are operated by Swiss (LX) which is fast but expensive.
Getting Around by Rail
Switzerland’s Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB) and other rail operators operate an efficient train network linking all the regions in Switzerland. There are also exclusive railways such as the
- Rhätische Bahn in the Grisons and the Berner-Oberland-Bahn, providing independent services to certain parts of the country
- Mountain railways – tourist attractions and often means of access to winter resorts such as the Gornergrat-Bahn in Zermatt
You can also avail of rail passes which allow discounts and unlimited travel for a certain period and in specific destinations
- InterRail One-Country Pass - offering travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month within Switzerland but not in the passenger's country of residence
- Swiss Pass - offering unlimited travel on rail services, boats, an extensive network of buses and city trams, as well as discounts on other mountain railways for four, eight, 15, 22 days or one month.
- STS Family Card - offering free travel to children up to 16 years of age when accompanied by parents.
- Regional tickets - offering unlimited travel in different parts of Switzerland at various rates
- Swiss Transfer Ticket – offering return travel from a Swiss border or airport to a selected destination.
Getting Around by Road
Switzerland is well connected to all the regions through out the country by its well maintained and integrated roadways. As mountain roads are narrow and winding and often closed during winter, rail services are more preferred. You can get around using the road by availing
- Bus and coach services – efficient and extensive network connecting all areas
- Tramways and light rail services - in Basle, Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel and Zürich
- Trolleybuses - in Basle, Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel and Zürich and other main cities
- Metro services - available in Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia
- Car hire – You can avail of car hire services by booking through their representative offices in the major cities, resorts, airports and manned railways. Documentation required are national license or an International Driving Permit (for visitors from outside the EU), and third Party insurance
- Own cars - ensuring you carry vehicle registration cards, their Canadian, EU and US license or an International Driving Permit (for visitors from outside the EU),third party insurance documents
- Metered Taxis – Are Inexpensive and available in all the main towns
Accommodation in Switzerland
Hotels – Excellent hotel accommodations ranging from luxury to family hotels, Country Inns, Aparthotels, Mountain Inns/Traveller's Lodges, Low Service hotels, simple pensions and bed & breakfasts and are affiliated to the Schweizer Hotelier Verein (SHV or Swiss Hotels Association).
Self Catering - chalets, houses, flats and furnished apartments available from local tourist offices and estate agents in Switzerland
- Swiss spas around Switzerland’s 22 different mineral springs for the treatment of various health conditions
- Golfing hotels
- Over 40 family-oriented Kids Hotels nationwide
- Igloo villages
- ‘Sleeping on straw' farm accommodation
- Alpine huts or chalets - extremely basic accommodation for climbers and hikers in the mountains
- Backpacker hotels
Camping/Caravanning – Around 390 campsites, many of which are part of the Swiss Touring Club (TCS)
Youth Hostels - affiliated to the Hostelling International network and are entitled to lower prices but requiring advanced booking in summer