Well, let’s start with the most obvious reason: because no matter where you are in the world, you should get regular dental treatment. The guideline is that you should be seeing your dentist twice a year. Everybody should be having dental treatment fairly often. And that’s not even considering additional problems that you may have with your teeth. Dental problems can progress from benign to serious very quickly, and you need to have them looked at and addressed as soon as possible after you noticed they are there. Dental procedures in Vietnam are both high quality and inexpensive in comparison to those done in the West, so it is a good idea for anyone who will be spending time in Saigon, whether it is years or just a few days, to have their teeth examined here. Who knows, you may go in for a simple teeth cleaning and end up identifying a problem you can save thousands of dollars on by having it done here in Vietnam.
Of course, dental hygiene is not the only reason people see dentists. Cosmetic dental treatments are also extremely popular among expats and locals alike, and Vietnam offers some incredibly high quality and inexpensive options. Whereas something like a tooth whitening may cost $650 in the US, for example, it will only cost you about $200 in Vietnam. There is a similar cost ratio between nearly all cosmetic dental procedures done in Vietnam and most Western countries. If you are getting a more expensive treatment done, if you are having multiple treatments done, or if you have multiple members of your party that want to get treatment, flying to Vietnam to get a dental treatment is much more cost-effective than having it done in your own country. You also get a free vacation out of the deal! For expats who already live in the city, the high cost efficiency of the dental work is simply another perk.
Some tourists and even expats may be leery of the quality they will be getting with Vietnamese dental work. Westerners often assume Vietnamese dentists do not need to go through a rigorous certification process like their Western counterparts, but that is not true at all. Just like all dentists in the world, Vietnamese dentists need to present a legalized diploma showing they have graduated medical school. Before they can obtain a Dentistry license, they also need to present a legalized note certifying they have been practicing dentistry-related topics for six years.
In fact, the quality of dental treatment, especially in the Cosmetic field, is probably higher than that found in the rest of the world. Body alterations that enhance appearance, including plastic surgery and cosmetic dental work, are extremely popular here in Vietnam. They are a lot more common than in the West, because there is no negative stigma attached them. In fact, such alterations are considered a fairly mundane aspect of fashion. A high demand for cosmetic dental treatments has increased competition to the point where dentists cannot survive in their field unless they really know their stuff.
The quality of many Vietnamese dental clinics is also very high, contrary to popular beliefs of non-Vietnamese people. Sure, there are a lot of family-run, local dentistry offices that operate out of people’s houses and that will not live up to dentistry clinic standards, but there are also a lot of very upscale clinics scattered around the city. The clinics are extremely hygienic, and they are stocked with the most cutting-edge dentistry equipment available. The upper crust quality of the clinics is due in part to the same reason that dentists need to be top-tier to survive: to edge out the rigid competition and remain popular among locals and tourists.
While there are a lot of excellent dental clinics in Vietnam, there are also a lot that hope to pray off tourists by either charging way too much or providing shoddy work. Because of this, be sure to look into the reviews of a clinic before you decide to go there. Or, better yet, check out our recent blog post that covers where to go for teeth whitening in Saigon. Most of the clinics on the list provide additional cosmetic and medical dental services
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