Getting veneers in Asia: Day 0 – choosing a clinic

I was lucky enough to be born with great teeth. They were symmetrical, white, and provided me with the one characteristic that I’ve received most compliments for – my smile. I’v never had any kind of issues with my teeth. No cavities, holes, pain, etc.

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My friend Martin (left) and me (right) working in a bar in Sunny beach, Bulgaria, 2007

Then life happened. I dove into a swimming pool, and hit the bottom with my front teeth. It caused cracks in both my front teeth, and a few years later during work, I accidentally hit my left front tooth when flaring with a bottle of vodka behind the bar. The impact knocked about half of the tooth off, probably due to the crack that had weakened it.

I managed to get it fixed at a local dentist, but I was never satisfied. She made the prosthetic tooth shorter than my other one, which gave me a crooked, asymmetrical smile instead of the one that I was so proud of. I never got used to it, and it always bugged me. During my twenties I also got into the habit of drinking coffee, and that didn’t work wonders for the whiteness of my smile.

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Notice that my right front tooth is shorter, giving the smile a slanted asymmetrical look

So I decided that I’d get my act together and do something about it. I did some research and decided that the best option for me was to get veneers. In Sweden, it’s ridiculously expensive, but after reading a book by Tim Ferris where he wrote about medical tourism, I started looking up prices in Asia. To my delight, they were much better. A few years of small monthly savings and I could actually afford it! I made a saving plan and started immediately.

When I had reached the amount that I estimated the procedure would cost, I started to research clinics. There is a website for this called whatclinic.com, and I checked clinics in Thailand and Viet Nam. That spring I was conveniently going to Singapore for exchange studies so my plan was to do the procedure after the school semester.

I found a few different establishments that I contacted before going to Singapore, and I received the best answer from Rose Dental Clinic in Ho Chi Minh, south Viet Nam. The answers from them were totally professional, informative, reassuring and non-selly. I decided to choose them after reading all of the hundreds of positive reviews.

Author: Danny

Life is an adventure! I believe in participating in life - not standing on the side and watching it. Here I will write about all my passions, big and small. Follow my exciting trips around the world as well as my almost normal days at home, wherever it may be at the moment.. If you like inspiration, travel, challenges, training, fashion, self improvement, culture, food and gear - look no further! So to all my stalkers, congratulations! Now you can enjoy watching my life closely at home with your computer, those cold nights with binoculars aimed at my window are finally over. I'll finish my first post by quoting Bilbo (a character in J.R.R Tolkien's The lord of the rings) with a line that ever since I heard it as a child (about 2 years ago) has left a trace in my memory: " It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to"

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