Dentists and dental care
Whether you’re struck with toothache or looking for some cheap repair or enhancement work, Hanoi has its fair share of dental clinics willing to help.
Firstly, what’s available?
From a cosmetic point of view, teeth whitening is popular and is certainly much cheaper than in Western countries. The problem with teeth whitening is that you need a few repeat visits — not always possible when travelling — and ideally need to do some home treatments in between visits as well, but if you’re serious about it, it may be worth a few extra days in Hanoi. Just use the time to visit the surrounding areas: appointment 1, Halong Bay, appointment 2, Sapa, appointment 3, etc …
A visit to the hygienist seems to be all the rage back home, but comes at a price. In Hanoi, expect to pay around US$20-25 for an appointment — and a fresh, clean mouth.
And if you do have an tooth emergency — broken crown, abscess, filling falls out, root canal work — they can be dealt with too. Orthodontic procedures are also available.
So where’s good to go?
One of the top rated places, Peace Clinic, is where my partner elected to go for a spot of teeth whitening: having been a smoker for 16 years he was certainly in need. He had a cap replaced and three whitening sessions and it cost under US$200. His smile now glows in the dark.
All the above get positive feedback for their professionalism and sensitive-approach — just what you need when visiting the dentist. They also offer a full range of services. Prices vary — as far as I’m aware the latter is the cheapest — so it’s worth calling more than one.
Westcoast International Dental Clinic
2nd floor, Syrena Centre, 51 Xuan Dieu, Hanoi
T: (04) 3710 0555
Australian Dental Clinic
3 Nguyen Du, Dong Da District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3944 5216
Story by Sarah Turner
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