I took Tiger Airways from SIN to BKK and stayed at Mercure Siam Hotel (National Stadium BTS) for the first 3 nights and then moving over to my favourite Citin Pratunam (at Pratunam Area near Baiyoke Sky Hotel) for the next 4 nights – both of which are very good hotels.
I’m staying at Mercure Siam Hotel cos I got a very good deal for the hotel room, thanks to a friend of mine, Ed.
So anyhooo, the purpose of my trip is not JUST shopping, it’s to improve my smile!
When I told my peers around me that I am going to Bangkok for 8 days, they will always go, “o.O why are you going there for so long???”
And then I tell them that I am seeking dental treatment there in Bangkok! And the next reaction will be a whole slew of questions like:
Huh! Why are you going all the way to Bangkok for Dental? Why not Singapore? Is it save? Are you sure it’s save? Is it something people do (i.e.: go to Bangkok just for dental treatments)? Can the Dentist speak English? What if they don’t understand what you want??
I am going to Bangkok for 8 Days in search for a beautiful smile.
I have done a lot of research and this has been more than 6 months in planning before making the trip here.
The next time you go Bangkok, keep a lookout. You’ll notice many dental clinics near touristy areas and you’ll notice many Caucasians in these clinics! It’s quite amazing.
I chanced upon Bangkok Smile Dental when I was still in Singapore and emailed them. They were quick in responding and the English was really quite good. I was asked to send them some photos of my ugly teeth and I reluctantly did. I was advised to go for Porcelain Veneers but this will be subject to an examination by the Specialist when I arrive.
Here are some FAQs I get so I thought I’ll address it all here:
1) Is it safe?
Yes it is! At least that’s what I can say for the clinic I went to – Bangkok Smile Dental. They are ISO-certified. The only dental clinic in Thailand that has international accreditations for both dental lab and dental clinic!
2) Can they speak English?
Well, not ALL the counter staff can speak fluent English. They can manage with basic English. There is a clinic manager that’s always on duty and she speaks great English.
Initially I was worried about the language barrier, but after a long email exchange with the good people at Bangkok Smile Dental, I was assured that I will well taken care of. The specialists and doctors there spoke superb English too.
3) How much is it? Is it really cheaper than Singapore?
Yes!! It’s a lot cheaper!! I was quoted SGD1,500 per tooth for Porcelain Veneers in Singapore. In Bangkok, it’s 1/3 the price! *Gasp* At Bangkok Smile Dental, I was quoted SGD400 per tooth.
Fillings that are SGD90-100 in Singapore are merely SGD35 in Bangkok.
Laser Whitening are usually SGD1,200 to 1,500 but in Bangkok, it’s less than SGD400! Check out their price list here.
No wonder it is a growing trend for Singaporeans to travel there for dental work. 1/5 of their clientele come from New Zealand and Australia!
4) You fly all the way there, take leave from work… is it worth it?
My flight is SGD230. My hotel (if I stayed all the way in my usual hotel) would be SGD50 per night X 8 = SGD400.
Total for flight + hotel = SGD630nett (cheaper if you go with someone to share the hotel room with)
As for the leave from work, Bangkok is a great place to rest, relax and shop till you go mad! Don’t even get me started on the food!! I’m going to be sharing details of my trip on my blog here too. 🙂
So to cut the long story short, YES, definitely worth it.
5) Are the Dental Specialists there any good?
If they aren’t I don’t think they will make guarantees as seen here or publish all their specialists’ credentials here. But more importantly, email them, get a feel of things. You must personally feel comfortable about it. I know I only made my final decision after I spoke to the Dental Specialist!
I hope this answers all your questions. If you have more, do feel free to comment below and I’ll do my best to answer it. 🙂
Meanwhile, day one has been an extremely long day for me. Woke at 5.45am, flew to Bangkok, went straight to Bangkok Smile Dental’s Asoke branch where I made an appointment at 2pm for a consultation and some prep work. Stayed tuned for more updates! I’m definitely excited about my new smile!!!
Can’t wait for more confident big toothy grins 🙂
Bangkok Smile Dental has 3 clinics in Bangkok here. I went to the Asoke Branch (super near Terminal 21!!) for my dental work. 🙂
Email them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Center: +662 664 2711
Bangkok Smile Dental is also on Facebook.