Have you ever considered traveling abroad for dental care? Maybe you’ve heard of dental tourism and you’re curious about how it works. 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 fantastic option for anyone looking to save money on their dental bills.
50 things you should know before you go to Mexico for dental care.
1. It’s safe. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to the safety of Mexican dental tourism. Of course, as there are in any large city anywhere there are parts of Mexico that are not recommend for tourists, but border-towns are very safe and actually cater to foreign dental patients.
2. You can find a quality, highly-trained dentist in Mexico. This is true and false, depending on where you to to have dental treatment. 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 dentist, especially dentists that are vetted through our 4-step qualification process, you can receive high-quality care.
3. The dentist and staff speak English. Especially in well-known dental tourism areas such as those that have easy access to Mexican border-towns—particularly those who provide dental care to American tourists who visit frequently.
4. Dental offices are clean and professional. Yes,otherwise, why would Americans keep going to Mexico, right?
5. They use high-tech equipment (X-rays, 3D imaging, etc.)
6. They use the same hygienic/sterilization techniques as American dentists.
7. They have water filtration systems. If you’re worried about getting sick from drinking the water in Mexico, you will be happy to know that water is filtered through systems to keep it safe and potable.
8. You can save thousands of dollars. Tthe average cost for a dental crown in the US is $1,200; in Mexico it’s $230. Full dentures can cost up to $5,000 in US and about $700 in Mexico. Across the board, dental care is about 80% cheaper in Mexico than in the U.S.
9. The lower cost does not 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. A number of factors contribute to the price difference like a lower cost of living, rent, and salaries.
10. It’s very common. Tens of thousands of people travel to Mexico (and other foreign countries) for dental care every year.
11. It’s close and easy access. 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.
12. The best way to go is by referral. Before you book an appointment, it’s important to either go through a reputable dental tourism agency or do thorough research.
13. It will be pain free (as dentistry can be). Mexican dentists offer anesthesia options that are very similar to those in the U.S., including full sedation. Our dentist office has trained anesthesiologist on staff.
14. Mexican Dentist use the same materials as U.S. dentists. From porcelain crowns to metal posts and dentures, our approved dentists use exactly the same materials in your mouth as you would if you received dental care in the U.S.
15. You can get all the same procedures. If you’re traveling abroad for dental care, it’s important to know that you can get all the same dental treatment options in Mexico as you can in the US.
16. It’s a popular destination 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 80% on major dental procedures like dental crowns, implants, and root canals, Mexico is the best option for seniors.
17. You can get cosmetic dental procedures. Are you interested in getting veneers or whitening? You can save money on these procedures as well.
18. You can see a specialist. If you need an orthodontist or endodontist, you can schedule an appointment with them in the same trip, in the same office. In one of our dental offices, there are 30 trained, full-time dentists practicing in all modalities of dentistry.
19. They cater to you. 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.
20. They guarantee their services. Our vetted, approved dentists guarantee their treatment and procedures. If something is not right, you can go back and have it corrected at no additional cost.
21. You need a passport. In order to travel to Mexico for any reason, you need a valid passport.
22. But not a visa. A passport is sufficient.
23. You should take cash. It’s always a good idea to have some cash when you’re traveling. Typically, you pay cash, cashiers’ check or credit card for services rendered during an appointment but you’ll still want cash for incidentals throughout your time in Mexico.
24. You can get your meds there too. 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.
25. You may need several trips. If you need extensive work, you might need to come back for a couple of visits. However, the cost will still be lower than if you paid for extensive work in the US.
26. You should get travel insurance. Since dental tourism often includes flights and hotels, it’s a good idea to be prepared with travel insurance.
27. You can 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 Cancun or take a weekend trip to Mexic, you’ll get to enjoy the festive Mexican culture, food, and people.
28. Your dental insurance might cover it. Just be sure to check with your insurance provider.
29. Or your dental insurance company might reimburse you. Again, call your agent to see if this is an option.
30. You can walk there. Small border-towns take just minutes to cross into, but beware of larger cities like Tijuana which may take hours to travel to.
31. OR you can get a shuttle service. At Beyond Borders Dental, we offer a concierge shuttle service from Albuquerque and Santa Fe directly to your dentist’s office in Mexico.
32. You don’t have to plan it. If you work with a dental tourism company, they will arrange everything.
33. Sometimes you can get a price estimate before you go. Beyond Borders Dental can help you get a free price quote.
34. Americans are 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.”
35. Dental school is subsidized in Mexico. This contributes to lower costs and dentists who got to really focus on their schooling (instead of working multiple jobs and taking classes at the same time).
36. All travel costs are included. If you go through a dental tourism service, you pay one flat fee to the agency, period.
37. You don’t have to arrange travel. If you want to take a vacation and stay in a chic hotel, then by all means, plan your travel. If you’d rather not arrange your travel, a dental tourism agency can plan it for you.
38. It’s important to vet your dentist or dental tourism 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 tourism company is happy to show you their patient testimonials.
39. Make sure you choose a safe destination. Smaller border-towns are typically low-keyed for tourists and frequently provide dental treatment to U.S. travelers.
40. You can work it into a business trip. If you are going to be in Mexico (or Southern New Mexico) for business, call a dental tourism agency and let them plan your dental care around your meetings schedule.
41. There are fewer frills. If you’re used to American dental offices, you may be surprised to see Mexican dental offices, which often have fewer office decorations. The furniture typically is less modern, and the walls may be a bit bare. This is simply because they don’t care to put money into the garnishings.
42. The dentist does all the procedures. In the U.S. we often experience dental assistants doing most of the procedures and the dentist only doing the drilling and building. In Mexico, all the procedures are done trained, experienced dentists.
43. You can check out dentists’ reviews before you book. And you absolutely should or if you’d like to read current reviews from our past clients go to our Patient Testimonials page.
44. There is excellent shopping opportunities. Whether you are in the market for custom cowboy boots, handwoven blankets, or tailored clothing, Mexico’s stores and markets will not leave you disappointed.
45. While you’re there, you can get a free eye exam. Mention Beyond Borders Dental and take advantage of extra discounts while you’re visiting.
46. And save 60-70% on contacts and glasses. Eye care is much cheaper in Mexico, for many of the same reasons that dental care is cheaper.
47. You can bring a friend or family member to your dental appointment. If you’re nervous about traveling abroad for dental care or just want to be accompanied, you can bring a friend or family member with you.
48. You can use US currency while you visit. Most Mexican stores accept US dollars and credit cards.
49. Americans have been traveling to Mexico for dental work for over 20 years.
50. It’s among the cheapest locations. Other dental tourism hot-spots like Costa Rica cost more than care in Mexico (plus you have to pay for airfare).
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 here to get started.