If you’re thinking of veneers, Mexico is not only a viable alternative – it’s an excellent one: on average, your dental work will cost half of what it does back home.
A Lumineers veneer, for example, will cost around $550 in Mexico, while in the US prices will range from $700 (in small towns) to $1300 (in big cities).
And it’s not just veneers. Mexico has some of the lowest prices – 40-60% less than in the United States – anywhere. Dental care is much cheaper because expensive malpractice insurance isn’t required by law. Also, overheads, including rent, materials and salaries for dental assistants, are far cheaper than in the US.
If you’re getting several teeth done, saving $500 and more per tooth is worth the effort! To market its veneers, Mexico dental clinics may have package deals that include pre-testing, examinations, X-rays, the procedure, someone to assist or translate if needed, airport pickup and return, and full travel services, including food and lodging if you plan to stay over. Ask your chosen practitioner if the clinic offers any of these additional services, and compare.
When it comes to veneers, Mexico has services every bit as good as those North of the border.
Many Mexican dentists are Board certified (check to make sure yours is) and train as extensively as American dentists, including continuing education to keep up with the newest technologies and procedures. Clinics along the border, especially those designed to cater to Americans, are often indistinguishable from those back home – same equipment, same layout, same procedures, and same language! The major difference? Cost.
In case you’re wondering about the veneers, Mexico uses the same brands as the US. Much of the equipment and many dental products are imported from the United States, so you’ll be familiar with what’s available.
A veneer, by the way, is a thin layer of material – either dental porcelain or composite – placed over the outside of a tooth to either make it look better or to protect a tooth that has been damaged.
Most veneers can be applied with little or no anesthetic, and several can be placed at once. Some require drilling to alter the tooth structure, while others can be placed directly on the tooth. You can also get a veneer on just one tooth, for example to fix a discolored or fractured tooth. Or, you can order an entire set for a dazzlingly bright smile and whole new look. Whatever you choose, make sure you discuss your options with your chosen dentist first so you can choose the right procedure.