50 Things You Should Know About Getting Dental Care in Mexico
Are you considering traveling abroad for dental care? Beyond Borders Dental has been a resource to thousands of dental patients, and we hope we can help you as well.
Maybe you’ve heard of dental tourism and you’re curious about how it works and how much you can save. Maybe you are planning a trip to Mexico for dental care and you’re wondering what to expect. Whatever the case, traveling abroad for dental care can be a great option for anyone needing quality dental care at a much more affordable price.
Here are some of the most important things you should know about getting your dental care in Mexico, in no particular order.
1. Is it safe to go to Mexico?
There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to the safety of Mexican dental tourism. Tens of thousands of US patients have received high quality dental care in Mexico, and if you know where to go, it is very safe. Of course, there are parts of Mexico that are not recommended for tourists, but border-towns and popular tourist cities are very safe and cater to foreign dental patients. We closely monitor the locations where our approved dental clinics operate, and you can be assured that Beyond Borders Dental is only recommending clinics and areas that are safe.
2. Will I get quality care from a highly-trained dentist in Mexico?
Well, maybe yes and maybe no, depending on where you go and who you see for your dental care. It is important to have a trusted source to refer you to dental offices that have an extensive record of high quality treatment. This is our most important commitment to our patients. Dental tourism has become so popular in the last two decades, there are a lot of popup “dentists” who are not qualified to practice dentistry. This can give dental care in Mexico an unfairly negative reputation. But this is not the norm. If you go to a licensed, experienced dentist, especially dentists that are vetted through our 4-step qualification process, you can receive high-quality care and save a lot of money.
3. How do I know if I’m getting a good price?
Prices can vary widely. But Buyer Beware, not just in Mexico but any country, including the U.S. Comparing prices is important but be sure you understand what you’re paying for and what you are getting. Not all dentists use the same quality of dental materials and not all doctors are equal. Regardless of what treatment or procedure you compare, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples. We can help you. A good starting point is our blog “Is the Lowest Price the Best Price”.
4. Do the dentist and staff speak English?
Yes, all our clinics are staffed with fluent, English speaking doctors and staff. Our dental clinics are in well-known dental tourism areas such as those that have easy access to the U.S./Mexican border, or established tourist destinations, and are providing dental care to American tourists who visit frequently.
5. Are the dental clinics clean and professional?
Yes, otherwise, why would Americans keep going to Mexico, right? We make our own site visits to the dental offices we recommend, so that we can assure our patients that the clinics meet our exacting standards.
6. Do they use modern, high-tech equipment?
Our vetted clinics are well equipped with some of the latest diagnostic equipment, i.e. X-ray machines, 3D cone beam digital imaging, and sophisticated ZirkonZahn systems to produce perfect dental prostheses.
7. Do they use the same hygienic/sterilization techniques as American dentists?
The safety and health of our patients has always been a top priority for Beyond Borders Dental. That’s why we vetted our dental clinics even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Our 4-Step Evaluation Process has consistently made the care you receive both safe and comfortable, as our many testimonials reflect.
8. What about water filtration systems?
If you’re worried about getting sick from drinking the water in Mexico, you will be happy to know that our approved dental clinics use water that is filtered through sophisticated treatment systems to keep it safe and potable.
9. Can I really save thousands of dollars?
The national average cost for a dental crown in the US is $1,200 to $2000; in Mexico it’s $250 to $600. A full set of traditional dentures can cost up to $5,000 in U.S.—about $600 in Mexico. If you need major dental work, you can get affordable, high-quality dental care and highly likely save thousands of dollars going to dental clinics in our program. On average, our patients save 50%-75% on dental care in our dental clinics in Mexico. To learn more, click this link.
10. Does the lower cost equate to lower quality?
In the U.S. some of us were raised to believe that higher costs equal higher quality. This is not the case with dental care in Mexico. Several factors contribute to the price difference like a lower cost of living, rent, and salaries.
11. Is it common to travel to Mexico for dental treatment?
Tens of thousands of people travel to Mexico (and other foreign countries) for dental care every year.
12. Is it easy to access dental care in Mexico?
Some of the most popular locations for dental tourism in Mexico, Thailand, Costa Rica, and India. Of these, Mexico is by far the closest and most convenient option for Americans. It is the cheapest to travel to, and the closest location.
13. What are some benefits of using a referral service?
Before you book an appointment, it’s important to either go through a reputable dental referral agency or do thorough research on your own. An independent referral agency such as Beyond Borders Dental has no allegiance to anyone but you. Referral agencies should have already done due diligence before sending patients abroad for dental or medical care. They also can answer questions, give you general advice/recommendations, and are your point of contact should you need help. We advocate on your behalf, and make sure you everything is going as planned, and our services are always free to you.
14. How are you paid for your referral services?
We get asked this question all the time. We are compensated directly by the dental clinics. The dental clinics that work with us benefit by having us refer patients and saving them a lot of time by screening each patient, and answering questions. If a patient decides to use our clinics, we oversee every step to ensure everything goes smoothly.
15. Can I get an estimate from your agency to compare with other quotes?
Absolutely, and we encourage our patients to do just that. The more information you collect and understand about your options, the easier it will be to make the best, informed decision for you. The most important thing to remember is to compare apples to apples because there is a lot of misleading advertising. Thousands of patients have trusted Beyond Borders Dental to find them the best dental care at the most affordable price. Remember, the lowest price may not be the best price. The best price is the lowest price for the highest quality care, and our clinics meet that standard every day.
16. It will be pain free (as dentistry can be)?
Most dentists in Mexico offer anesthesia options like in the U.S., including full sedation. Our dental clinics have trained anesthesiologist on staff.
17. Do Mexican dentists use the same materials as U.S. dentists?
From porcelain crowns to metal posts and dentures, our approved dentists use the exact same materials in your mouth as you would if you received dental care in the U.S.
18. What if I need more than one specialist?
Our clinics have dentists trained in all industry specialty fields and are equipped with all the necessary diagnostic equipment. If you need more than one specialist, they will be in the same clinic so you everything is done in one place. In rare cases where a specialist is not in the clinic but is needed, they will bring them to their clinic.
19. Can I get the same dental procedures in Mexico?
If you’re traveling abroad for dental work, it’s important to know that you can get all the same dental treatment options in Mexico as you can in the U.S.
20. Why is Mexico such a popular destination for dental treatment among seniors?
Seniors often live on a fixed income and delay much needed dental treatment due to high cost. This is why many seniors are choosing Mexico as their choice destination for taking care of their teeth as they age. With savings of up to 75% on major dental procedures like dental crowns, implants, and root canals, Mexico is a great option for most seniors. Our testimonials confirm the satisfaction of our many clients who have traveled to Mexico for dental treatment.
21. Can I get cosmetic dental procedures?
Absolutely. The doctors who do veneers, whitening, and bonding are specially trained and certified in cosmetic procedures. You typically can save quite a lot of money on these procedures as well.
22. What about other dental specialists?
If you need an Orthodontist, Endodontist or Implantologist, you can schedule an appointment with them in the same visit, in the same clinic. In one of our dental clinics, there are 30 trained, full-time dentists practicing in all modalities of dentistry.
23. As an American, will I be treated well there?
As a dental tourist, you will be treated with the highest level of respect and care. You are the lifeblood of some Mexican cities’ livelihood.
24. Do they guarantee their dental services?
Our vetted, approved dentists guarantee their treatment and services up to four years. If something is not right, you can go back and have it corrected at no additional cost.
25. Do I need a passport?
Crossing into Mexico on a border-town, you don’t need to show any documents, however, crossing back from Mexico through a U.S. border, you will need proper documentation—a valid passport. Contrary to this law, since Americans have been crossing the northern border of Mexico for dental care, you can usually cross back into the U.S. with a valid driver’s license and a copy of your birth certificate. Talk with us about required documents you’ll need.
26. What about a visa; do I need one?
A passport is sufficient for border-towns. If you travel to our dental clinic in Cozumel, you definitely need a valid passport and a visa, which is handed out by flight attendants or upon arrival before clearing customs at the airport.
27. Show I take cash with me?
It’s always a good idea to have some cash when you’re traveling. Typically, you pay cash or credit card for services rendered during an appointment, but you’ll still want cash for incidentals throughout your time in Mexico. Most tourist destinations, and areas that see a lot of Americans take credit cards and often U.S. dollars as well. We don’t suggest carrying a large sum of cash.
28. Can I get medications there too?
Many Americans fill non-narcotic prescriptions across in Mexico. And if your dentist prescribes pain medications or other prescriptions, you can visit a Mexican pharmacy and fill your prescription at a reduced rate before you head home. Savings can be substantial.
29. How many trips will I need?
If you need extensive dental work, you might need to come back for a couple of visits. Still, in many cases the cost will still be much lower than if you paid for the same work in the U.S. Once we have discussed your proposed treatment plan with you, we can advise you on the travel requirements.
30.How will I find my way around once I arrive?
Local transportation is complementary for patients. We will offer you a list of hotels our patients use and transportation to and from your hotel to the dental clinic is also complementary. We oversee every detail to make your trip easy, safe, and comfortable. That’s what we do, and why so many people have trusted Beyond Borders Dental.
31. What about travel insurance?
Since dental tourism often includes flights and hotels, it’s a good idea to be prepared with travel insurance.
32. Can I make a vacation out of it?
If you’re going to be a “dental tourist,” you might as well enjoy the “tourist” part. Whether you lounge on the beach in Cozumel or take a weekend trip to Mexico, you’ll get to enjoy the festive Mexican culture, food, and people.
33. Will my dental insurance cover it?
In some cases, yes. Just be sure to check with your insurance provider before you travel and bring copies of any forms they require filled out for you to make a claim. We can advise you on this too. Or your dental insurance company might reimburse you. Again, call your agent to see if this is an option.
34. Is it easier to drive or fly to Mexico?
If you live in Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona you can easily drive to El Paso, Texas, and park. The Juárez dental clinic provides drivers to get you to/from El Paso to the clinic at no charge. If you want to go to Cozumel, there are direct flights from Miami, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas, Texas. Once you arrive in Cozumel, the dental clinic representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel; all local transportation to/from your hotel, and to/from your dental appointments are complementary.
You don’t have to plan it. If you work with a dental referral company, part of their services should include helping you arrange everything.
35. Can I get a price estimate before I go?
Beyond Borders Dental can help you get a free price quote. Keep in mind that our dentists use various sources of information. They use dental X-rays and 3-D cone beam CT scans, consider the patient’s desired outcome, and most importantly base their final decision after an in-office examination. This is very important because so much information is collected during a physical examination, including the actual examination of each patient’s facial structure. Most price quotes we give our patients are within 10 to 15% accuracy, but the in person examination will determine the best course of treatment.
36. So, are Americans happy with their dental treatment in Mexico?
According to a report commissioned by Families U.S.A., a Washington advocacy group for health-care issues, “About 90 percent [feel] the dental care they had received in Mexico had been good or excellent.” Our own internal review shows our clients are happy at an even higher rate. This exceeds satisfaction with U.S. dentists. Click this link to read the full report.
37. Why is it so much cheaper to get quality dental treatment in Mexico?
Some of this explained above (salary scale there, cost of living, rents, staff costs). Further, dental school is subsidized by the government in Mexico. This contributes to lower costs and dentists who were able to really focus on their schooling (instead of working multiple jobs and taking classes at the same time). The typical U.S. dentist leaves school with over $200,000 in loans in many cases. Guess how he is going to pay those loans back?
38. What is included in your referral services?
We’re here to help you find the best dental clinic for your personal needs, oversee the entire process of getting dental care in Mexico, and if needed, we’re your advocate—and our services are always free to our patients. You’re responsible for your travel to/from the destination city. If you need hotel accommodations, we can help with recommendations and lodging partners to save you money and assure you will be comfortable at a good rate. Local transfers to/from airports and dental appointments are always complimentary.
39. What if I can’t afford the procedure I want?
In some cases, more than one option is possible, or the procedure can be spread over a longer period to give you more time to save the money you need. Another option is consider a personal loan or try our lending affiliate, United Medical Care, to see if they can help you. Ultimately, you must decide for yourself what the best course of action is. We’re here to help you research and collect accurate information so you can make an informed decision. We’re here to help educate and guide you—and there’s never a fee for our referral services, the dental clinics compensate us directly.
40. How important is it to vet your dentist or dental referral agency?
This cannot be said enough. Make sure you are going to a trained, reputable dentist. Read reviews and do thorough research. A reputable dental referral agency is happy to show you their patient testimonials. Beyond Borders Dental makes actual site visits to all dental clinics in our program. We conduct interviews with the doctors and staff, review their credentials, tour the facility, observe sterilization procedures, and inspect their dental supplies. Most importantly, we monitor the satisfaction of our patients to assure the clinics we recommend meet our stringent standards.
41. How can I be sure I’m choosing a safe destination?
There are some border cities that are convenient to the US, but that we don’t recommend. The dental clinics in our program are in either safe border-towns or well-traveled tourist areas, and they are areas that frequently provide dental treatment to U.S. travelers.
42. How do I know I can trust what you tell me?
It’s not a secret about how easy it is to take advantage of unsuspecting people through deceiving marketing, especially on the Internet! We encourage you to do independent research about Beyond Borders Dental and dental clinics in our program. When we answer questions or advise, we can also provide you with our resources so you can check for yourself that what we tell you is accurate. We’re not a corporate company sending patients to thousands of unvetted dental clinics everywhere — we’re an independent referral agency for a very limited selection of dental clinics we trust. We help screen patients, answer questions, guide them through the entire process from A to Z so they get personalized, accurate information. And, we also personally use the same dental clinics for our own treatment!
43. How do dental clinics in your program compare to dental offices in the U.S.?
The Mexican dental clinics we work with are modern and clean. While they may sometimes be appointed more modestly than American dental offices, most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness, quality, and comfort they see in our dental clinics in Mexico.
44. Who does the actual dental procedures in your clinics?
In the U.S. we often experience dental assistants doing most of the procedures and the dentist only doing the final touches or more advanced procedures. In our dental clinics in Mexico, all the procedures are done by trained, experienced dentists.
45. What do I need to do to get started with Beyond Borders Dental?
The first thing you need to do is provide us with some basic contact information so we can get you in our system, click this link to send us your inquiry and we’ll get back to you via email usually within 24 hours. If you have a dental plan, X-rays, or a Cone Beam CT scan, we will provide you with an email to send these. Then your case will be forwarded to one of the clinics in our program for an initial assessment by a doctor. Then we will email an estimated cost for your dental needs and if you like, you can speak with one of our patient care coordinators about your individual case. You’ll then have a ball-park figure of costs, so you do more price comparisons if you like. For more extensive dental work, we can often arrange a TeleDentistry conference consult with your dentist.
46. Why is Mexico so popular with Americans for getting dental care abroad?
Mexico is among the cheapest locations with some of the most highly trained dental professionals worldwide. Other dental tourism hot spots like Costa Rica, Thailand, and India are often more expensive and require more time than traveling to Mexico. Other referral agencies may refer you to these far-flung locations without ever having visited the offices in person. We do regular site visits to the dental clinics we use.
47. How do I decide which location in Mexico to choose?
There are pros and cons to different locations, but the quality of dental care is equally comparable. If you live close to a border-town in the southern states or just don’t want to travel internationally, then our clinic in Juárez is a great option. If you’re looking to add a tropical vacation to your travel plans, then our dental clinic in Cozumel is perfect. We can help you with this decision.
48. Can I get additional medical or cosmetic services in Mexico?
If you’re considering taking advantage of other medical services, talk with us. We have already started doing our due diligence to expand our services to include non-invasive cosmetic procedures as well as common plastic surgeries.
49. Can bring a friend or family member to my dental appointment?
If you’re nervous about traveling abroad for dental care or just want to be accompanied we encourage you bring a friend or family member. Before the COVID pandemic bringing someone with you to the clinic was never an issue, however, for the protection and safety of everyone, our dental clinics have COVID guidelines and protocols in place. On a case by case basis, they will allow a friend or family member be in the clinic with you but please talk with them in advance so they can take protective measures to protect everyone.
50. I’m extremely nervous about getting the COVID virus. What are your clinics in Mexico doing to protect their patients?
This is a question we get asked all the time and for good reason — nobody wants to contract this virus, especially when travelling in foreign countries. We try to address these concerns through monitoring the situation globally and keep our patients updated on our website, click this link. The good news is as of September 2020, none of our patients, doctors or staff have contracted the COVID virus and continue to take is seriously.
You can now consider yourself an expert on dental tourism! If you’d like to learn more about dental tourism or get a free assessment through Beyond Borders Dental, just click this link to get started.