Monday, June 10, 2013
Teeth Whitening in Vietnam
Whilst not really an overall fan of cosmetic tourism, way too risky in my opinion, when it comes to dentistry, Vietnam can be a great option. The trick is to find a reputable place. In Australia dentistry can be terribly expensive. As an expat living overseas, it can be a good opportunity to make the most of it and get some work done. As I recently noted on the blog I had my 4 wisdom teeth removed and also all of my old mercury fillings replaced as there was decay under them. I have a terrible fear of the dentist. I mean a REALLY bad one. There was a stage in my life when I shamefully admit I went well over 25 years without visiting one. Due to this I decided the way to go for me with the extractions was to use sleep dentistry. A qualified anesthesiologist is brought in to the clinic and I slept whilst the procedure was performed. Apparently it took over two hours but obviously felt to me like 2 minutes. It all went very well and set me back just under $2,000. A lot, I know, but for me well worth it.
Now that all of those ugly silver fillings were gone I felt I may as well finish the job and went in last week for teeth whitening. I chose to have the in chair whitening at a cost of just under $300. I was in and out in under an hour. I had had this done about 4 years ago and vaguely remember some discomfort so I took some asprin before hand. There were a few seconds of a "zinging" sensation on about 4 occasions but other than that it was fine. I already had the trays so bought some extra gel so I can top up once a year. They were $20 per tube and one tube is enough for a once a year top up. I actually thought that my teeth were pretty white to begin with but when you look at the before and after shots it shows that it really is very effective.