18 Jul 2012

Dental tourism venture targets Australians

9:15 am on 18 July 2012

A dental tourism business in Auckland is seeking to bring Australians to New Zealand for dental care.

DentalabroadNZ says a weakening New Zealand dollar and cheap airfares have helped make the venture viable.

It has been set up by a dentist and a technician who makes dental implants like crowns and caps.

Together, they hope to offer Australians a saving of 20% - 30% on the work they need done.

They promise work done in Auckland will be of a higher standard than in other countries where dental tourism is popular, such as Thailand.

However, the Dental Association says there are risks associated with seeing a doctor or dentist in another country.

It recommends seeing a local dentist because they can offer help quickly if something goes wrong.