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Getting braces in Bangkok (dental)

So I got mine done in Suan Luang (south-east) area of Bangkok, Srinakarin road, very close to Seacon Square and Rama IX park.

Even though I get all my dental issues fixed at a good clinic in Bangkok, my former colleague recommended getting them done for half-price at a local clinic in Srinakarin. So I did. It’s half-price, right? I was advised the doctor speaks English, but I still didn’t know what to expect. I went there and was greeted by a lovely doctor’s assistant (the receptionist didn’t speak much English), and then sat down to have a chat about braces with the doctor. She was so informative and passionate about her work. They both spoke almost fluently, and the doctor knows her stuff. A year later, I am still their client, and each visit is a breeze.

During my first appointment she explained everything, including the technical details, possible complications, timescales and so on. Then we discussed the payment options – there were 3: either paying the lump sum up front (35,000 baht for mine), paying every quarter (for a year), or paying like 30% and then 1,500 every month. I chose the third one, which is very convenient, because you only pay a small part on the first day, like 20 or 30 %, then 3,000 for 3 months, and then 1,500 each visit. This worked out 50% cheaper than in Bangkok, and the quality of work is brilliant.

Every time I make an appointment, they don’t write a specific time, as I come late quite often. They’re open till like 8 PM, so if you’re working – that’s a good option. One of the tiny rubber gums came off one time and they accepted me with like zero notice. It’s like the best clinic I’ve been to, in terms of service and value for money. And fun staff (see picture!)

Dentists just being cool.. :)
Dentists just being cool.. 🙂

The braces themselves I have to wear for one year, and then I’ll have to wear a retainer for about 2 years. The doctor said after the braces are removed, I can use other doctors’ services if I move abroad. I got used to wearing them in like a couple of weeks and haven’t had any problems. I change the tiny rubber rings each month and they let me choose different colours. I feel just like my 7th graders, and they always point at my mouth at school when they see my new colours – “teacherrrr!” Haha. I used the opportunity to get braces here in Thailand, because in Europe adults don’t really wear them and it looks inappropriate, but here it’s a fashion thing. People actually get them just to look cool, or to change the appearance of their jawline, which makes their face look slimmer… Crazy stuff!

The clinic is called ‘ple dental clinic’ (Apple Dent) and this is their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pledentalclinic and a Google-friendly address in Thai ไปคลินิคทำฟันหมอเปิ้ล สวนหลวง ถนนเฉลิมพระเกียรติ์ซอย14.

Getting there is very easy: Songthaew for 8 baht (or a taxi). For songthaew take the BTS to Udom Suk, get off and walk down Udom Suk road for less than 5 minutes (there is a white/green UDOM SUK ONE community mall sign on the corner of that road). Stay on the left hand-side of the road until you walk past some street vendors, and you’ll see anything from 1 to 4 red songthaews – some of them are old, some new, some go to Seacon Square, and some go to Suan Luang – that is want you need to ask the driver (unless you can read Thai). Just say “Suan Luang Suan Luang” and they’ll tell you straight away or show you to another red truck. Once the driver feels he’s got enough people, he starts driving. Once you pass the Udom Suk-Srinakarin intersection (after about 60 Sois on Udom Suk road), stay on the truck and get off at Soi 14. Then just look it up on Google – it’s very easy to find in one of the hidden alleys (it is actually easy to find).

Quality Dental Clinic in Bangkok

There are two very different opinions about the Thai (dental) healthcare:

  1. It’s underdeveloped, unreliable but cheap.
  2. It’s very western, with well-educated, experienced doctors and quality service.

As with all things in Thailand, both statements are correct.

In terms of statement 1:

It is kind of true, but only to some extent. There are many mom-and-pop private dental clinics pretty much on every Soi in Bangkok. It’s just a business like a barbershop or a pharmacy, run by locals for the locals, so don’t expect exceptional service. They’re usually basic, relatively cheap, and depending on the clinic some staff speak English. You can have your fillings and other basics done no problem. And don’t forget Thailand is a country of contrasts, so they may range a lot in terms of cost, service and quality.

I had basic cleaning done at one clinic in Srinakarin (close to Seacon Square) and the service seemed perfectly fine. My girlfriend said that it was ok, but not as properly done as in Lithuania. Bear in mind though that we paid 600 baht each, and it would have cost us twice that in Lithuania, and even more in the UK. If you read on various online forums, many expats who have lived in Thailand for years recommend choosing a simple Thai clinic instead of a fancy one.

For basic needs I think the best bet is the local or mid-range clinics such as MOS Dental, situated mostly around BTS stations. The quality of work will be similar to more expensive clinics’, just for a lower cost.

Auste was like
Auste was like “stop messing about, let’s go!” and I was like “Asavanant… Dental clinic…pam pa-ra-ram..” – that song creeps up on you even when you’re not there!

In terms of statement 2:

The upper-range clinics such as Bangkok Smile, Bangkok Dental, etc, target the expat community, and high-income Thai customers. They also usually specialise in certain areas such as cosmetics, implants, surgeries, etc, and have state-of-the-art equipment. Many clinics do niche services with the names I can’t even pronounce! AND, they’re not that expensive compared to US or European prices.

So here’s my experience at one of the high end clinics – Asavanant Dental Clinic (right next to Thong Lo BTS).

I am very cautious of my oral hygiene, so if I ever have an issue, I tend to go for quality over price. Before my first dental appointment in Thailand I spent many hours reading up online. Nearly 90% of the comments stated that ‘Asavanant’ was expensive, but the quality of work was exceptional.

Stepping into the clinic feels like entering an art museum, as the hallways are full of statues, paintings and other accessories, and there’s a piano on the 3rd floor. Every appointment was a breeze – timely, with friendly service and quality work. There was only one time when I had to wait 30 mins for my appointment for whatever reason. The interior kind of shows that the paintings and decorations are one of the reasons the prices are higher. However, when compared to other upper-level clinics (or prices back in Europe) – certain things work out even cheaper.

I have paid:

2,000 baht for an instant x-ray for my braces (other clinics charged slighty less, but asked for a 2-day notice)

1,600 baht for a check-up and cleaning (quality work, done in under 30 minutes)

2,000 – 3,000 baht for some fillings (both surface and in between teeth) – I can’t remember how many fillings cost how much though, as I had a lot of them done.

6,500 baht for a wisdom tooth extraction with medicines (local anaesthetic included) – the operation was quick, painless, and I got to keep the big-ass tooth they extracted. Though it’s not fun to know that it is somewhere in my apartment.

An art exhibition in the main lobby of Asavanant.
An art exhibition in the main lobby of Asavanant.

Pros:

Ease of booking via telephone

Ease of rescheduling

Good opening hours, including weekends (open till 8PM or so)

Received a follow-up call for a check-up after 6 months

All staff speak English (reception – ok, doctors – very well)

Experienced doctors, with degrees from USA, etc

Modern equipment

Exceptional service, high-class interior

Good location (right on the corner of BTS Thong Lo)

Many different services

Relaxing music in the background

Cons:

No price list on their website, only list of services

More expensive than mid-range clinics

A cheesy ‘Asavanant dental clinic’ tune that gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day!

A bronze horse in the main lobby of Asavanant
A bronze horse in the main lobby of Asavanant
Waiting area on the 3rd floor at Asavanant.
Waiting area on the 3rd floor at Asavanant.