Low Cost Dentistry – Two popular, but very different cities to visit for low cost dentistry

Low Cost but High Quality Dentistry

Low Cost but High Quality Dentistry

Low-cost dentistry abroad is not just confined to a two-week dental vacation in a luxurious beach resort. It is within the realms of possibility to regularly travel abroad for your dental care . Low cost, frequent flights to destinations around the globe make taking a city break combined with dental care a reality, and for business travelers who regularly visit cities abroad it is also a way of maintaining their dental health without the hassle of taking time off work, or trying to schedule an appointment in their home country.

For some patients, traveling to popular dental tourism destinations doesn’t even necessitate a flight as cross-border travel can be done by car, or on foot.

The phenomenon of traveling abroad to neighboring countries for affordable dental care is not a new one, but nowadays good transport links have made it a growing reality with whole industries to support the influx of visitors springing up in the frequently-traveled-to destinations. Two of our most popular city destinations are very different in terms of tourist attractions, but both offer their patients the same experience of affordable, high-quality dental care.

Why is low-cost medical and dental tourism growing?

The money brought into the healthcare system from medical and dental tourists is reinvested to produce better facilities, which in turn drives more patients with more money, which in turn is reinvested and so on and so forth. The resulting infrastructure is self-perpetuating, but there are additional benefits to the local economy – patients need somewhere to stay, to eat and to be entertained and so these additional sectors also grow.

A report on medical tourism by KPMG estimating some 1.5 million patients visited Thailand in 2009. Tourism figures for Thailand in 2009 are quoted as being around 14 million, so medical and dental tourism represents a significant value.

What cities are the most popular for low-cost dental care?

Bangkok, Thailand

While Bangkok has attracted tourists on its own merits for many years, there is no doubt that low cost medical and dental tourism has contributed to its economy, simultaneously fuelling the rise of world-class healthcare facilities which put many of its Western counterparts to shame.

Healthcare providers are increasingly competitive, offering patients not just low-cost care but care that is of the highest standards. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities complete with on-site hotels, highly-skilled specialists and international accreditation are just some of the ways that demonstrate a clinic’s excellence. Thailand was the first country in Asia to receive a prestigious Joint Commission International accreditation, and now there are dozens located throughout the country.

Bangkok is not only one of the world’s most fascinating cities, but it also offers dental patients excellent facilities, clinical expertise and astounding savings on their dental care.

Los Algodones, Mexico

At the other end of the spectrum for low cost dentistry is Algodones – but only from outward appearances. Bangkok is a glamorous capital city, attracting serious investment from both the government and the corporate sector. Algodones is a colorful, dusty Mexican border town which has nonetheless managed to capitalize on its geographical location handsomely to establish itself as a Capital City of Dentistry.

For visitors from Southern Arizona in particular, it is a convenient location to travel to in the car. However, Algodones has attracted visitors from all over North America, particularly snowbirds and retirees from the North, who have sought some winter sun in its temperate climate, as well as savings on an array of goods and services, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

The population of Algodones is only around 5000 but there are around 900 dentists located here – testatment to the fact that it is a very popular place to come to for low cost dental care. While there may not be JCI accredited clinics lining the streets here (it is an expensive, time-consuming process which all but the largest hospitals can afford) there are many skilled and highly-qualified dentists who go the extra mile to ensure they provide affordable, but above all, good quality services to their patients.

Dental Departures has traveled the world finding high quality dental providers to create the number one resource for low cost dental care. Whether you visit one of our small sole practitioner clinics or one of our multi-disciplinary hospitals, or anything in between, you can be certain that you will be visiting a quality-checked dentist and with our best price guarantee will be receiving the lowest cost available for your dental care.

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How to Save Money on Your Dentistry in Mexico

Save up to 70% on your Dental Care

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Nearly everyone knows you can save plenty of money by having your dentistry in Mexico, but if you plan it right there are a few simple ways of leaving even more cash in your pocket. Here’s how:

1: Compare prices with Dental Departures. We have hundreds of dentists listed throughout Mexico so you can search by procedure and/or by location to find the most favourable costs. Of course, it is not only the cost you might want to take into consideration, but also dentist qualifications, clinic facilities and patient reviews. Our verified clinics have all this information freely available, equipping you with everything you need in order to get the best dental care in Mexico.

2: Save yourself from any nasty surprises with your bill and get a free quote for your dental care with Dental Departures. Our website gives prices from each dental clinic, but if you want more than one procedure done we can arrange a free quote for you at the clinic of your choice.

3: Mexico is a popular holiday destination, not just for North Americans but for travellers from all over the world. Avoiding peak season and holiday times will usually mean you can find better deals on accommodation and travel, saving you more on the overall cost of your dental care. Peak times may vary nationally, although Christmas, New Year and Easter are generally busy wherever you go. You should also look out for local festivals or events which may mean it is busier than usual when local prices for accommodation may be at a premium.

4: If you do have insurance check with your provider to see if they cover for ‘out-of-network’ expenses. If they do you will be able to have your dental care in Mexico, which means your insurance cover will go a lot further than it would at home. For example, a root canal procedure including crown at home will cost upwards of $2,000, but in Mexico you can get it done for less than $300. The only downside is that dentists in Mexico cannot bill your insurance company directly, so you will have to pay them directly, and reclaim from your insurance company when you return home.

5: If your medical and dental expenses are greater than 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) you may be eligible to claim tax relief on tax deductions for medical (and dental) expenses. Qualifying expenses also include your spouse and dependents – and other deductibles, such as travel or accommodation.

6: Book with Dental Departures and you will find many exclusive discounts, such as money-off your dental treatment or free and discounted hotel accommodation. Furthermore, we will always give you the best prices when you book with us – guaranteed.

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How much Americans pay for their All-On-Four?

All-On-Four cost in United States is $28,000 USD vs the All-On-Four cost in Mexico of $5,400 USD, Costa Rica of $7,400 USD and Thailand of $10,690 USD. On average Americans can save up to 81% on their All-On-Four by visiting a dentist in Mexico (save 81%), Costa Rica (save 74%) and Thailand (save 62 %).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on All-On-Four cost in United States vs All-On-Four Cost in Mexico, Costa Rica and Thailand. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Mexico and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics

 

All-on-Four cost in United States

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Dental Implant Cost in Canada

How much do Canadians pay for their dental Implants?

The Dental Implant cost in Canada is $4,266 CAD vs the dental implant cost in Mexico of $1,313 CAD, Thailand of $1,898 CAD and Costa Rica of $1,523 CAD. On average American patients can save up to 70% on their dental implants by visiting a dentist in Mexico (save 69%), Costa Rica (save 64%) and Thailand (save 56 %).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on dental implants cost in Canada vs Dental Implants Cost in Mexico, Thailand and Costa Rica. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Mexico and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

Dental Implant Cost in Canada

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Dental Crown Cost in Canada

How much do Canadians pay for their dental Implants?

The Dental Crown cost in Canada is $1,105 CAD vs the dental crowns cost in Mexico of $221 CAD, Thailand of $278 CAD and Costa Rica of $387 CAD. On average American patients can save up to 80% on their dental crowns by visiting a dentist in Mexico (save 80%), Costa Rica (save 65%) and Thailand (save 75 %).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on dental crowns cost in Canada vs Dental Crowns Cost in Mexico, Thailand and Costa Rica. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Mexico and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

 

Dental Crown Cost - Canada

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Dental Implant Cost in United States

How much do Americans pay for their dental Implants?

The Dental Implant cost in the United States is $3,900 USD vs the dental implant cost in Mexico of $1,700 USD, Thailand $1900 and Costa Rica $1800. On average American patients can save up to 70% on their dental implants by visiting a dentist in Mexico (save 57%), Thailand (save 51 %) and  Costa Rica (save 54%).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on dental implants cost in the Unite States vs. Dental Implants Cost in Mexico, Thailand and Costa Rica. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Mexico  and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

Dental Implant Cost in United States

 

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Traveling the world to find the best Cabo San Lucas Dentist

Cabo San Lucas dentists are delivering exceptional quality dental care

Cabo San Lucas dentists and San Jose del Cabo dentists are teaming up to put Los Cabos dental clinics on the map for American and Canadians to get high quality dental care.  Los Cabos is a stunningly beautiful part of Mexico with its expansive beaches, desert like warmth and rugged coastline:  I admire Cabo San Lucas dentists work ethic and focus with such distractions about!

My first stop on my tour through Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was with the aptly named dental clinic Cabo San Lucas Dental.  I met with Dr. Jorge Arciga (the owner/operator of Cabo San Lucas Dental) and he detailed the evolution of Cabo San Lucas dentists’ focus on dental care for Canadian & American tourists, snowbirds and expats over his 30 year practice.  I had no idea how this sleepy little port turned into a tourist mecca over the last 30 years:  the transformation is absolutely amazing. After talking with Dr. Arciga you can tell he is immensely proud of two things:  his daughter (Dra. Arciga) who now practices at his clinic and the quality of dental care he provides at his clinic.

Cabo San Lucas Dental is located downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

 

I spirited myself away on the 25 minute car drive to San Jose del Cabo, Mexio (the sister city of Cabo San Lucas).  I have to admit I only thought there was one city at the southern most tip of the Baja Peninsula…Cabo San Lucas.  I was ignorant to the fact that Los Cabos, Mexico constituted two distinct cities:  Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.  Visiting San Jose del Cabo dentists allowed me to contrast the two cities:  Cabo San Lucas was more a collection of large hotels, resorts, villas and golf courses centered around Medano Beach vs. San Jose del Cabo which was a smaller traditional Mexico village centered around the town plaza with an abundance of small restaurants, art galleries and cafes.  I visited a small, friendly San Jose del Cabo dental clinic  named  ProDental.  ProDental is operated by a husband and wife team ( Dr. Sandra Ivonee de Alba & Dr. Carlos Francisco Reyes) and is a 5 minutes walk from the trendy art galleries and restaurants in San Jose del Cabo.

Prodental is one of the many dental clinics in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

I then journeyed back to towards Cabo San Lucas and stopped almost halfway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo (at the Home Depot complex) to visit Cosmetic Smile.  Dr. Guillermo Limon (the owner of Cosmetic Smile) is the head of the Los Cabos, Mexico Dental Association and has built a world-class dental clinic that could be home in any major United States or Canadian city.  It becomes abundantly clear that Cabo San Lucas dentist Dr. Guillermo Limon has invested in the most advanced dental technology to deliver extra ordinary dental quality to their patients.  I was particularly impressed with Cosmetic Smile’s intra-oral dental lights from MagniVu.  Dr. Guillermo shows his patients real-time video of the condition of their teeth with TVs mounted conveniently on the ceiling.  I’ve never seen this technology at most of the dental clinics I have visited in Canada or the United States!

Cosmetic Smile is one of the top Cabo San Lucas dental clinics

Visiting Cabo San Lucas dentists was a real eye-opener for me.  I first thought Cabo San Lucas was a sleepy tourist town and in fact it turns out to be two distinctly separate towns:  Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo.  After visiting dozens of Cabo San Lucas dentists and several San Jose del Cabo dentists:  I come away feeling confident to recommend them to any of my friends, family or customers of Dental Departures.

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Can I get braces in Mexico or abroad?

Braces in Mexico or abroad?  How does that work?
Can you save money on braces in Mexico or abroad? Absolutely, but it will only save you money if you live nearby.  Braces & orthodontic treatment usually requires between 1-2 years to complete, depending on the severity of the case. During that time, you would need to visit for monthly adjustments and check ups to the complete the treatment. If you can visit regularly, you can save thousands. The high cost of braces is not really due to materials – even the most advanced braces systems have low materials costs. The cost involved is directly due to the hourly cost of having an orthodontist make monthly adjustments, which takes time. An experienced orthodontist outside your country simply will charge less money for the same materials and expertise. If you live nearby and can visit monthly, why not save 70% on the cost of your care?
Bottom line? If it will be difficult for you to visit a dentist outside your country monthly, pursuing orthodontic care will likely not make sense financially for you – although almost any other type of dental treatment can be considered at significant cost savings (Braces are typically not able to be started by one dentist and finished by another back home).
However, for anyone within close driving distance of the Mexican border, for business travelers, airline employees, or expatriates who live or work abroad often, braces can certainly be pursued with significant cost savings. However, keep in mind that the greatest cost of braces is not associated with the initial installation, and that each orthodontist can have differing opinions on treatment strategies and materials. As such, your orthodontic treatment will need to be commenced and completed with the same orthodontist.
Do you live in San Diego, Southern California, or in Arizona and are interested in braces in Mexico?
Check out our top offices for braces in your area!
Our top office for braces in Tijuana, Mexico: http://www.dentaldepartures.com/dentist/dental-spa-a/
Our top office for braces in Mexicali, Mexico: http://www.dentaldepartures.com/dentist/continental-dental-care/
Our top office for braces in Algodones, Mexico: http://www.dentaldepartures.com/dentist/sani-dental-group/
Free border shuttles are offered in each destination and you can visit for a free consultation anytime!
Contact us to schedule your free consultation!

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Do Mexico border wait times make your head explode?

San Ysidro border pedestrian entry point

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Waiting in line for hours to get back into the Unite States is crazy frustrating.  I know because I’ve spent hours at the Mexico/US border waiting to get back to the United States on my quest to find the top dentists in Mexico.

Here are  four tips I’ve learned over the years to avoid long Mexico border wait times:

  1. Ready Lane:  Head over to the Ready  Lane to get preferred entry for you and your vehicle.  This lane lets you and your passengers who have Sentri, Global Entry, Fast (for truckers), the U.S. Passport Card; the Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL); the Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC);  the new Enhanced Permanent Resident Card (PRC) or new Border Crossing Card (BCC) to jump to the front of the border lines.  Here are the border crossings with Ready Lanes.
  2. Avoid peak hours:  Avoid peak hours for the crossing to the United States.  Avoid 7-10am and 4-8pm which are generally the peak wait times for Mexican residents to enter/exit  the United States for work.  Check the US Customs and Border Protection web site to get the latest Mexico border wait times
  3. Grab a Red Bus for San Ysidro:  If you are entering the United States via the San Ysidro border crossing take the Red Bus run by MexiCoach to cut ahead of the lines.  For only $3 the Red Bus will drop you off right at the border and you will be walked to the front of the lines for the pedestrian border entry.
  4. Ask for a Medical Lane pass:  If you are in Tijuana or  Mexicali  you can ask you Mexico dentist or doctor for a Medical Lane pass.  This Medical Lane pass is free to you and with a dedicated lane at the US border..you will breeze right through in no time!
San Ysidro car border crossing

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Mexican border wait times can be a hassle after a long day in Mexico.  I’ve had several times where I am completely exhausted from visiting Mexico dental clinics for 12 hours and the last thing I needed was a ridiculously long border wait time.  These 4 tips have saved me the hot, draining experience of standing in line for hours at the Mexican border:  I hope these tips help you avoid the same fate!

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Free RV Parking at Quechan Casino and Resort

Free RV Parking

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Free RV parking is a welcome bonus for our budget-conscious dental patients (and who isn’t these days?) who are trying to make those dollars stretch a little further. The Quechan Casino and Resort welcomes travelers in all vehicles – including 18 wheelers, RVs and trailers – and offers free parking to all.

The Advantages of Free RV Parking at the Quechan Casino and Resort

Snowbirds, retirees and other travelers heading south on the open roads for some warmer weather will find the Quechan Casino and Resort a convenient place to stop. Yuma is only 8 miles away and Los Algodones a mere two miles away. The Quechan can’t be beaten for its location to Los Algodones – which may be an important consideration if you need to be at a dentist in Los Algodones early in the morning.

Although there are plenty of opportunities for free camping and parking – or dispersed recreation camping – on public lands sometimes you need a few more facilities than just the stars and scenery.

While there aren’t the hook-ups available at Quechan Casino and Resort that would be at a campsite, travelers should be able to get around this somewhat by using the facilities at the resort. There are plenty of bars, dining facilities and an enormous pool. Cool off with a leisurely swim, drift around a lazy river or just relax on one of the poolside beds with a long, cool drink. All seem like a reasonable exchange for the lack of hook-ups. There is also late-night entertainment with bands and other artistes playing and, of course, the casino.

Free RV parking can reduce your daily costs substantially by not paying campsite fees. To ensure the continued provision of free RV parking please be considerate and remember to leave the area clean and tidy

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