Find a cosmetic dentist in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is known as a crossroad country, situated between the East and West of Southeast Europe. A popular tourist destination, Bulgaria draws many of its visitors from the surrounding countries, such as Germany, Romania and Greece. Both local and international holidaymakers each year enjoy the seaside resorts of Golden Sands, Sunny Beach, Sveti Vlas, Sozopol, Albena and Nessebur, with the Black Sea forming Bulgaria's coastline.
In complete contrast to its seaside summer towns, Bulgaria is also known for its hiking and skiing, with winter resorts such as Borovets, Vitosha, Bansko and Pamporovo. Adventure enthusiasts can also find a great deal to do in Bulgaria with its rock climbing and mountain biking and it is one of only six countries to hold the 1,200km Randonnees, which involves cycling of the extreme variety.
For those who want something a great deal more relaxing, Bulgaria is a country of great history and culture having been home to numerous civilizations, including the Byzantines, Slavs, Ottomans, Proto-Bulgarians and Romans. This vast and eventful involvement with so many of the world's big cultures means Bulgaria is rich in historical artefacts, which can often be found outside of museums and seen first-hand.
Dental Qualifications for Dentists in Bulgaria
- Qualifications from one of the top medical universities (Plovdiv, Varna and Sofia). An undergraduate course takes 5 ½ years to complete.
- Continued education is demanded of all dentists, with an expected amount of training held by credit for the 3 years following graduation.
- Any specialist training takes another 3 years, in order to achieve titles such as Specialist Orthodontist.
- The Bulgarian Dental Association monitors all dental standards within the country.
What are the most popular treatments available in Bulgaria?
- Dental implants.
- Same day Smiles.
- Teeth whitening.
Where are the best places in Bulgaria to find cosmetic dental treatments?
The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia is the main hub of the country's cosmetic dentists and is a city of great beauty and culture. Combining your treatment with an enjoyable holiday will be easy in a city like Sofia.
The city of Varna, found on the Black Sea coast, is also home to numerous cosmetic dental practices that can provide a multitude of excellent dental treatments. Varna makes a wonderful holiday destination for those looking for a seaside vacation to accompany their trip.
Bulgaria is an excellent choice of destination for cosmetic dental treatment abroad, able to complement fabulous views and exciting activities with a consistent dental industry.
Travelling and accommodation in Bulgaria
If you choose to travel to Bulgaria for cosmetic dental treatment it will help no end to know what to expect when travelling around the country. This section provides useful tips about the country and its travel arrangement.
Getting to Bulgaria by air
There are four international airports found in Bulgaria, these include
Flights from the UK to Bulgaria fly from London and Manchester, usually taking 3 ½ hours.
Bulgaria can be reached by many European countries by train, such as:
Trains usually arrive in the cities of Sofia or Varna. Passport control is in operation in Giurgiu and Rousse, which is a border city.
If you are travelling from Western Europe and have decided to go by car, you have the option of taking the ferry from Greece or Italy, after which you will pass through either Romania or Serbia. In the case of Serbia you will be required to have a green card from your car insurance company.
You will also have to pay road tax in Bulgaria when you reach the border, which usually costs around 5 Euros for 7 days.
Buses from many major European cities run to the capital, Sofia. Euroline buses are often your best option and you may have to pay a "border fee" on top of the price of your ticket to your driver. Most buses arriving from Western Europe travel through Serbia, so take the time to find out if you require a transit visa before you travel.
Getting around Bulgaria by car
You can easily rent a car in Bulgaria, but if you are involved in any accident or incident with damage inflicted upon the car, call the police immediately to notarise the accident, which ensures that your insurance covers the damage.
As most signs in Bulgaria are written in Cyrillic it is advisable to accustom yourself with the alphabet. The roads in Bulgaria are often bumpy with ill-defined lanes and local drivers who usually drive at high speeds. For these reasons it is advisable to be careful and take your time when driving. As the roads are often deeply potted many drivers will drive on the opposite side of the road to avoid them, so take notice of the road in front of you and approaching drivers. This is especially advisable when travelling between Sofia and Greece, as extensive road works coupled with dangerous drivers can be a potent mix.
General driving speed is 30-40km/h
Bulgarian police cars are white Opel Astra, with "POLICE" written in blue letters. Be sure to note this as there have been instances where fake police officers have stopped and robbed cars. For this reason, if you ever do feel that those asking you to stop your car are con-men continue driving. If you are then pursued and asked to stop further it is likely to be the police and you should stop and explain your worries.
Getting around Bulgaria by taxi
As most taxi drivers in Bulgaria only speak Bulgarian it is a good idea to write down your destination beforehand. Taxi tariffs are standardised in the major Bulgarian cities. However, if you are a foreigner in Bulgaria and do not speak the language it is easy to become the target of over pricing in the smaller cities. One way of avoiding scams is to book the taxi by phone and to avoid taking a taxi waiting at a train station or airport. However, Sofia and Verna airports are an exception to this rule as they only allow licensed taxi firms to work at the airports.
Getting around Bulgaria by bus
Buses are one of the best and fastest ways of travelling around Bulgaria. Every big city in Bulgaria provides services and you can travel from Sofia to the Black Sea for as little as 12-15 Euros. However, most bus drivers and station agents only speak Bulgarian and generally bus destinations are written in Cyrillic.
A number of bus companies do provide English timetables and prices, with some of the biggest companies being Biomet and GRUP Plus.
Minibuses and buses also travel from Bourgas and Varna up and down the coastline, which stop at most Black Sea tourist resorts.
Getting around Bulgaria by rail
Train travel is cheap in Bulgaria but is often slower than travelling by bus. However, trains can be useful if you are travelling between two big train routes: e.g. Sofia to Bourgas or Sofia to Varna. These journeys can be made overnight, but book well in advance as these trains become fully booked very quickly.
The best place to find trains and train times in the Bulgarian State Railways website. Those travelling in a group can also be eligible for travel discount.
Accommodation in Bulgaria
Staying in Bulgaria is cheap and easy to arrange. Hostels, hotels and cheap boarding house can be found in most major cities, such as Sofia and Plovdiv. Luxury hotels can also be found and villas are available to rent for those looking to stay in the mountainous regions.
Monasteries are also often offered as guest houses and it is not unusual to be asked when departing a coach or train about your accommodation plans by elderly women, who will offer their homes for as little as 5 Euros for the night. However, of course, it is always advisable to check out these places before you agree to anything.