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DENTAL HOLIDAY IN MEXICO

DENTISTRY IS NOT EXPENSIVE; NEGLECT IS.

Visiting a dentist on vacation might not sound very amusing, but taking a dental holiday in Mexico might be the thing that your smile needs. If you need to patch up a spotty smile, a run for the border is probably your best bet.

The reason for the popularity of Dental tourism in Mexico that sees foreign citizens in large numbers, predominantly from the U.S. and Canada, is considered to be the absenteeism of dental insurance in the American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Even if one has dental insurance, one’s plan likely won’t come close to covering the cost of cosmetic and elective treatments.

WHY MEXICO?

Mexico’s northern border stretches in a series of descending steps, beginning just south of San Diego on the Pacific coast and ending dry, dusty miles later at the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, Mexico unveils 6 of its 31 states.

 

CHOOSING DENTAL TREATMENTS IN MEXICO

 

  • The low cost of a dental holiday is an advantage. The average price for a dental crown in the US is $1,200; in Mexico, it’s $230. Full dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the US and about $700 in Mexico.  Dentistry is cheap in Mexico as labor, and real estate is inexpensive.

 

  • Dental schools are subsidized in Mexico which results in students having more time to focus on their training rather than working for many hours to pay off the debts. So whatever they have to pay to the government is possible by one year of free service. Moreover, this contributes to the lower costs of dental treatments.

 

  • Aside from the cost, the various reviews of friends, acquaintances or even online, visitors are generally impressed with the standards of hygiene and care that they look forward to the experience.

 

  • There is intense competition, particularly in the towns known for dental tourism, and this pushes dentists to invest in the best equipment and training consistently.

 

  • The majority of dentists in Mexico are very well versed in spoken English, which happens to bridge the possible gap between the potential English-speaking patients.

 

  • One can also benefit from shorter wait times as most of the clinics have dentists from all specialties working in one place. Also, booking an appointment well in advance could facilitate your landing on the dentist’s chair as soon as you land in Mexico.

 

  • The low cost of a dental holiday is an advantage. The average price for a dental crown in the US is $1,200; in Mexico, it’s $230. Full dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the US and about $700 in Mexico.

 

  • Across the board, dental care is about 80% cheaper in Mexico than in the U.S. The main factor that makes prices so much lower is the cost of living, but the lower cost doesn’t equate to lower quality.

 

                                             

                                      Dental Work Cost Comparison (Cost in USD)

  • Dental Procedure Price in the U.S. Price in Mexico
    Single Titanium Implant $1,500 $750-890
    All-on-4 Dental Implants $20,000 $8,950-12,475
    Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crown $1,100 $180-567
    Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Bridge $1,200 $180-567
    Full Porcelain/Ceramic Crown $1,300 $180-567
    Zirconia Crown $1,700 $450-567
    Porcelain Veneer (per unit) $2,000 $350-567
    Full Denture, Acrylic Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $250-965
    Full Denture, Composite/Porcelain Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $350-600
    Full Denture, Immediate or Healing (upper or lower) $1,495 $480-965
    Partial Denture (Flexible Frame) $1,800 $400-500
    Partial Denture (Metal Frame) $1,400 $350-600

 

OTHER LUCRATIVE PLUGS

  •   A bustling economy has sprung up to support the tourists, with amenities like restaurants, bars, hairdressers, and clothing shops for people to visit while they wait for their appointments.

 

  • You can use US currency while you visit- Most Mexican stores accept US dollars and credit cards.

 

  • You don’t have to plan it – If you work with a dental tourism company, they will arrange everything.

 

  • Medications at a reduced rate If you are prescribed medications or other prescriptions, you can visit a Mexican pharmacy and fill your order at a reduced price before you head home.

 

  • Guaranteed services the vetted dentists provide guaranteed services, in case something goes haywire, you can get it treated at no additional cost.

 

  • Most of the dentists are trained professionally in the USA.

 

  • Mexican healthcare system provides nonpareil customer service, efficiency, and cost.

 

  • For some patients, the low cost outweighs the slight inconveniences and discomfort that they may encounter.

 

  • The cost of treatment is made available before your booking.

 

DENTAL HOTSPOTS IN MEXICO

Mexico is among the few countries that allow patients to drive too, because of which many “dental towns” have emerged along the border, catering almost exclusively to the Americans.  Not to miss out, some locations have convenient airport access. For Americans looking to blend in a little vacation with their dental work, Vicente Guerrero, a small town aligning the Mexican border, known by its nickname: Los Algodones or Molar City could be one of your best picks.

 

  • LOS ALGODONES (BORDERING ARIZONA)

Affordability and dental work usually don’t go hand in hand, but in Los Algodones they do!

A quick an easy pick, right across the border from Yuma, also the best to shudder off the cold and monotony in winters,  it makes saving money possible by having all your flights domestic and choosing to cross the border on land. Because of the excessive competition for dental patients in Los Algodones, many clinics offer shuttle services to patients. So if you want to brighten up your smile without shelling out a fortune, you could end up saving up to 60% or more on expensive procedures like dental implants in Los Algodones.

 Julie Solomon from Minneapolis, Minnesota says, “Every time I go to the dentist in Minneapolis, you can only afford to get like one or two teeth done and then all the other ones from that left neglected. And they just sort of build up and there’s just too much work it’s like, I’m gonna go somewhere where I can get done all in one shot, so that’s why I decided to come here.”

The Purple Pharmacy is one of the most famous pharmacies in Los Algodones. Outside, street hawkers lure potential customers in by announcing prices and even offering to help out customers who may not have a prescription.

purple pharmacy

“Everything clean, clean, clean,” says a satisfied Virginia resident, about the maintained hygiene standards by a dental clinic in Los Algodones.

(video) https://www.dentavacation.com/hygiene-inside-los-algodones-dental-clinic/

 

  • TIJUANA (BORDERING CALIFORNIA) 

Only a  half hour ride from downtown San Diego, it offers a similar convenience. Most dental clinics aren’t close at hand or a spitting distance. So it is advisable to take a taxi or public transport, or even better to ring your clinic for a pickup request. Fueled by craft breweries, stylish coffee houses, and globally renowned restaurants, it makes Tijuana a perfect place to plan your next dental trip. Orthodontics are extremely expensive in most parts of North America, making Tijuana a wonderful option as it is teemed with a plethora of orthodontists to choose from. The orthodontists here have international certifications for their specializations. The peer dentists here do amazing implants while working as Implantaologists. The standards of the clinics here is exceptional with cutting edge technologies and affordable dentistry with no compromising on quality.

 

  •   CANCUN

With its long stretches of powdery beaches, turquoise seas and splendid climate, the city that withstood the Wilma hurricane (2005), after years of patience and tonnes of concrete, it has experienced an exceptional makeover. And that’s what it can do to your teeth too! However, if you are looking for the whole kit and caboodle – a set of snazzy new teeth and a spectacular vacation in azure Caribbean waves, almost year-round sunshine, and rich history, including nearby Mayan ruins, visiting a dentist in Cancun is a great pick.

John from New York City, currently residing full time in Mexico, talks about the modern, painless dental procedures and excellent working staff. Impressed by the low prices in Cancun, John got his daughter along, “she was quoted a price in the United States that was so high that it made sense for her to fly here, have a “vacation, get her dental work done and then fly home, and it was half the price,” he says.

(https://www.dentavacation.com/dental-work-in-cancun/)

 

  • PROGRESO

In spite of Nuevo Progreso’s small size, it has over 300 dental offices, it is affordable and also known for its uncompromising nature for quality dentistry.

 

  • MEXICALI ( A BORDER CITY NEAR CALEXICO)

The dental clinics in Mexicali are affiliated to the American Dental Association. They facilitate their patients with services like providing medical passes and using top-notch technology.

 

  • PUERTO VALLARTA

A city along the long western coastline. From a small, virtually inaccessible and unknown fishing village, to an overnight popular city, when chosen by director John Hutson for his film “The Night Of the Iguana” (1963).

Vallarta has its many charms, right from its barefoot- bar charm, gourmet restaurants, flashy nightlife, artists’ and writers’ colony to affordable dental and cosmetic surgeries, all under its belt.

 

  • ROSARITO

The city that basked in the glamour of Hollywood and still does. It has been the prime destination for glitterati Marilyn Monroe and others. Famous for its taco stands, Susanna (a staple) with European and American style plates, its on fire wine and craft beer scene and imbibing culture, it also resorts for some of the best-known dentists that could fix your smile just as you please.

 

  • NUEVO LAREDO

Nuevo Laredo is close enough to the two large airports, Laredo International Airport and Quetzalcoatl International Airport which are are within eight to 10 miles of the town’s major attractions. The former has many flights from other areas of the US, and the latter has direct connections to Mexico City. Nuevo Laredo is easily reached from the Texas side by the International Bridges. Talking of visiting dentists here would require more than one appointment; however, the dentists at Nuevo Laredo make it easy for patients to get on with the dental procedures by sending their documents (x-rays, cone beams, etc.) in advance.

 

  • PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Dental procedures and beachside bliss! The experience is as blissful as it sounds. While you are not at the dentists’, you have options for diving, Riveria Maya Jazz festival, or Rio Secreto hiking. It is also the best place for the foodies to try their passion cuisines.

 

WHY PREFER MEXICO OVER USA?

  • The expected medical expense in the USA equals to buying a plane ticket to Tijuana ( located on the Gold Coast of Baja California,) booking a decent hotel there, getting the treatment done, and then throwing in another week of sightseeing, and you’ll end up spending less than what you would have, having got the work done back home!

 

  • Utah’s “Right to Shop” law offers public employees ensuring $500 per trip travel to Mexico for cheaper prescription drugs. People can buy around 90 days’ worth of a drug in one such single visit.

 

  • America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) do not cover everything, particularly- dental and cosmetic surgeries. Despite the covered insurance, patients have to pay sky-high medical fees that could land them into debts.

 

WHAT MAKES HEALTHCARE EXPENSIVE IN USA?

 

  • PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS-

What primarily drives up the cost of health insurance is the price of prescription drugs. Also, there is very little competition in the US healthcare market.

  • MALPRACTICE INSURANCE-

Another factor that inflates the cost of healthcare in the US is malpractice insurance. In contrast to other countries where such cases are judged by expert panels, in the US these cases fall under the judgment of a jury of non-specialists who don’t necessarily have a medical background. To avoid such financial risks from patients’ lawsuits, doctors in the US perform unnecessary C- sections and expensive medical tests, not willing to take chances of things going wrong.

 

CROSSING BORDER AND AIRPORTS NEARBY

 

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE along with the border functions on a hands-on approach. The various humanitarian groups are

  • THE HUMANE BORDERS

 

  • NO MORE DEATHS

These groups provide 24 hours assistance and free drinking water to the ones crossing the borders, be they, immigrants or tourists.

 

  • AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL GRAL. RODOLFO SANCHEZ TABOADA – It is an International airport located outside Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, near the S.-Mexico border. It is the northern-most airport in Mexico, named after Mexican military officer, politician and former Governor of Baja California Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada.

 

  • TIJUANA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Located in the city’s Otay Centenario borough, it is just immediately south of the U.S border.

 

  • SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- it is northwest of Downtown San Diego, California, United States.

 

  • CANCUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Located in Cancún, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

 

DOCUMENTS NEEDED

Returning to the US from Mexico by either land, sea or air, requires you to present a passport or a PASS card or Enhanced Driver’s License at the border.

Regardless of your ID choice, you need to fill out a Mexico tourist card on the plane or at the border( if you will be traveling overland)

ID ESSENTIALS

  • NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST card.

 

  • State Issued Enhanced Driver’s License

 

  • Enhanced Tribal Cards

 

  • U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders

 

  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business.

 

  • Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card

 

  • Form I-872 American Indian Card

 

TOURIST CARDS (A MUST HAVE!)

A MEXICO TOURIST CARD (or FMM), is a government declaration form, stating your purpose of visit to Mexico to be ‘tourism,’ also declaring that your intention to vacation is 180 days or less. But the time given is at the discretion of the immigration official (often only 30 to 60 days are granted initially), for more extended stays, the tourist card would need to be extended. It is a standard arrivals card that you’re required to fill when entering most countries.

 

THE FEE (USD 24)

BY AIR

The fee is covered in the cost of your trip, and you’ll be given the card to fill at the airport.

ON ROAD

You can pick the card from a Mexican consulate at your point of entry, and the payment can be made at any nearest bank after you have arrived in Mexico.

ONLINE

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INM) allows travelers to apply for a tourist card online up to 7 days before entering Mexico. Do not forget to get your tourist card stamped by an immigration official once you’ve entered Mexico, or else it would be invalid.

You can Apply for a tourist card online on the website of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute: online FMM application.

 

WHAT IF YOU LOSE YOUR CARD?

  • you will need to pay a fee to get a replacement tourist card at an immigration office,

 

  • or you may be fined when you’re leaving the country.

 

DO CHILDREN NEED A PASSPORT?

Children who are US and Canadian citizens aged 16 and over, on entering the United States from Mexico, by land or sea are under obligation to show a passport or alternative WHTI-compliant document such as a passport card.

Children up to the age of 15 may present proof of citizenship alone, such as a

  • birth certificate,
  • a consular report of birth abroad,
  • Canadian citizenship card.

 

WHERE TO SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS IN MEXICO?

If you are flying into Mexico, you will need to show your travel documents to the Mexico customs agents before you leave the airport, when you pick up your luggage, also when you leave from Mexico, you have to show the documents before security check and before you board your flight.

If you are driving into Mexico, after showing your identification, you will be handed over the card at or nearby the border, which you will be expected to carry at all times during your stay in Mexico. On driving out of Mexico too you will need to show all your travel documents.

 

EXTENDING YOUR STAY?

  • Either leave and re-enter the country, or
  • Apply for a different visa.

 

DRIVING IN MEXICO

A road trip sounds very tempting for a little cultural spree mixed with dentistry! But it is equally essential to avoid potential hazards and complications.

Car wrecks could end you up in jail, so having Mexican Insurance alleviates that possibility. The minimum required insurance coverage is the CIVIL LIABILITY INSURANCE that covers :

  • Injuries
  • Damages

 

American Liability Insurance is NOT valid in Mexico for any bodily harm. However, some American insurance policies do cover you for physical damages, one of which is:-

 

  • ALL STATE MEXICO TOURIST AUTO INSURANCE

 

  • Physical damage and theft

 

  • Liability: bodily injury and property damage up to $500,00

 

  • Medical payments for the insured and passengers

 

  • Legal assistance after an accident

 

  • Loan/lease pay off

 

  • Roadside assistance

 

  • Medical evacuation after an accident

 

RENTING A CAR

  • Before signing the rental agreement, look closely at the car

 

  • Write down all the scratches and non-functional part so that you don’t end up paying uselessly for them on returning the car.

 

  • Taking photos of all scratches as proofs is advisable.

 

  • Your credit card will provide you insurance, but it is advisable to buy the Mexican Insurance anyway, or else you’ll have to stay in the country till all damages are paid off if you’re involved in some accident.

 

WEATHER IN MEXICO:-

The tropic of cancer divides Mexico into two climatic zones. The patients, travelers, retirees, generally find a pleasant and temperate climate. You must not preassume that the weather is hot. Just like its varied terrains, so is the weather. The coastal areas are usually balmy, which can also vary.  In inland northern Mexico, the climate is generally arid and varies a great deal throughout the year. During the summers, it can be sweltering, with an average high of 95F in August. Central Mexico has spring-like weather, it’s warm or hot during the day and cools down at nightfall. Mexico’s Pacific coast region, known as the Mexican Riviera, has warm to hot weather throughout the year. Mexico’s Gulf coast region is among the most humid areas.

 

MEXICAN SLANGS AND GREETINGS THAT CAN GET YOU THROUGH

 

  • MORDIDA – “bite” = bribe. The formal word for a bribe, however, is “soborno.”

 

  • GUEY- “mate” it is mainly written as “wey.”

 

 

  • NETA – “oh really?”

 

  • QUE PEDO – “ what’s up?”

 

  • NO MAMES – “no way”

 

  • BUENOS DIAS – “good morning!”

 

  • ADIOS – “goodbye”

 

  • HOLA – “hello”

 

  • COMO TE VA – “how is it going?”

 

  • Salud = Cheers/Bless you

 

ESSENTIAL APPS:  JUST IN CASE!

 

  • ROME TO RIO “discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry, and automobile” – Details about bus schedules, all you need to do is put your information, from and to details, and you’ll have a plethora of options to pick from. Make sure you have exchanged money and always keep the change (monedas).

 

  • UBER, YES IT WORKS!

 

  • DOLLARS TO PESOS – from the many currency apps, this one leads the rest. Comes in handy when you don’t want the whole world to know that after six days in Mexico you still don’t have a handle on the entire currency thing.

 

  • WHATSAPP, FOR EASY MESSAGING AND CALLS- Add 011 to your number for international calling from the States.       Then add the country code, 1, the region’s area code and then the number.

 

  • SPOTIFY, BECAUSE BEACH AND A LITTLE MUSIC IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA!

 

CALLS  FROM AND TO MEXICO

The country code for Mexico is 52.

  • If you are calling a Mexican phone number from the U.S. or Canada, dial 011 + 52 + area code + phone number.

 

  • If you’re calling on a cell phone, you’ll need to add a 1 after the 52, so you would dial 011 + 52 + 1 + area code + phone number.

 

  • If you’re in Mexico and wish to make long distance calls – the code is 01 plus the area code and phone number.

 

The U.S. and Canada 1

The United Kingdom 44

Australia 61

New Zealand 64

South Africa 27

For instance, if you wish to call someone in NewZealand from Mexico, dial – 0164xxxxxxx.

 

CALLING  ON  MOBILES

Mexican cell phones are under a plan called “el que llama paga,” means that the person who makes a call pays for it.

So, calling to cell phones is more expensive as compared to calling on regular landlines.

If you are still in Mexico but outside the area code, let’s say Monterrey dial 045 and then the 10 digit phone number.

If you’re adding a Mexican cell phone to your Whatsapp contacts, instead of adding 011, you should enter a plus sign (+) before the country code, then a 1 before the area code and phone number.

You can also use pay phones and phone cards which are now less popular as Mexico supports your phone’s network and plan.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS…BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW!!

  • Directory assistance – 040

 

  • Tourist protection and information 01 800 903 9200 or 01 800 987 8224, from the U.S. and Canada 1 800 482 9232 or 1 800 401 3880.

 

  • 911 in case of an emergency.

 

MEXICAN SOUVENIRS

WHAT IS LEGAL-

  • PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS
  • MEXICAN COFFEE
  • MAYAN CHOCOLATE
  • TALAVERA POTTERY
  • TRADITIONAL MEXICAN BLANKET
  • TAXO SILVER JEWELRY
  • TEQUILA / MEZCAL (IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO CARRY IT )

 

WHAT’S NOT-

  • BLACK CORAL

 

  • The interstate shipment including importation of unapproved new drugs, that have not received the FDA’s approval and include foreign-made versions of U.S.-approved drugs.

 

  • Tranquilizers and painkillers are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

mexican soveniers, lucha libre masks
  • In either case, the import of a personal supply of any drug brought over the border must be declared to U.S. Customs, and you should have a valid prescription from a U.S doctor with you. The prescription must be in your own name.

 

PURCHASING DRUGS IN MEXICO

 

Is Buying Drugs in Mexico Illegal Under Mexican Laws?

Some drugs, including controlled substances, may not be purchased in Mexico without a valid prescription from a Mexican doctor. Other laws may also apply.

Know the Risks When You Buy Prescription Drugs in Mexico:-

The old adage still applies: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Drugs you purchase in Mexico may be counterfeit.

 

  • Check to make sure you are dealing with a licensed pharmacy.

 

  • If the drugs you purchase in Mexico are worthless or do you harm, you may have difficulty resolving your complaint.

 

  • You might not be able to determine the manufacturing and handling of medicines.

 

  • Dosages and drug names may be quite different than they are in the U.S. and the amount of active ingredients may be different than in the U.S.

 

  • Breaking U.S. laws regarding the importation of foreign drugs may lead to your arrest in the U.S. Do not lie to U.S. Customs.

 

  • Breaking Mexican laws regarding purchasing of drugs may lead to your arrest in Mexico. Penalties for drug offenses are strict, and convicted offenders can expect hefty fines and jail sentences up to 25 years.

 

  • You must declare the drugs at Customs upon your return. Customs permits people to bring back reasonable amounts of medications for personal use but does not allow stockpiling or purchasing large quantities of drugs for what will be assumed is a commercial or resale purpose.

 

  • The reasonable amount you can carry is up to 50 dozes only.

 

  • Prescription drugs must be used legitimately.

 

  • Do not lie to the customs about carrying drugs; it simply would end you up in jail.

 

  • Buying drugs online could be very risky.

 

POPULAR DRUGS THAT CAN BE PURCHASED IN MEXICO AND BROUGHT BACK TO THE U.S.

There are a wide range of medicines that can be purchased in Mexico without worrying about breaking the U.S. Federal law-

  • PRILOSEC
  • VIAGRA
  • LEVITRA
  • ANTIBIOTICS
  • BIRTH CONTROLS

 

IS MEXICO SAFE?

Talking about friendly, family oriented, religious, and fun loving people, Mexico is what first comes to anyone’s mind. A common occurrence is robbery and pickpocketing, but can it not happen elsewhere too? There are no such unavoidable or “bound to happen” tragedies. With the numerous options for dental centers and dentists, you have to be sure to pick the right one that suits your needs. The tourist office in nearby Yuma, Arizona, provides information about how to choose high-quality dental practices. It is advisable to do some research beforehand. So, if you’re planning your dental vacation to Mexico, make sure you pick wisely from the options that are available so that there is no space for compromising on quality and care. Also, the repulsive headlines do not necessarily reflect how tourists are treated in this country.

DENTAL HOLIDAY IN MEXICO

DENTISTRY IS NOT EXPENSIVE; NEGLECT IS.

Visiting a dentist on vacation might not sound very amusing, but taking a dental holiday in Mexico might be the thing that your smile needs. If you need to patch up a spotty smile, a run for the border is probably your best bet.

The reason for the popularity of Dental tourism in Mexico that sees foreign citizens in large numbers, predominantly from the U.S. and Canada, is considered to be the absenteeism of dental insurance in the American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Even if one has dental insurance, one’s plan likely won’t come close to covering the cost of cosmetic and elective treatments.

WHY MEXICO?

Mexico’s northern border stretches in a series of descending steps, beginning just south of San Diego on the Pacific coast and ending dry, dusty miles later at the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, Mexico unveils 6 of its 31 states.

 

CHOOSING DENTAL TREATMENTS IN MEXICO

 

  • The low cost of a dental holiday is an advantage. The average price for a dental crown in the US is $1,200; in Mexico, it’s $230. Full dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the US and about $700 in Mexico.  Dentistry is cheap in Mexico as labor, and real estate is inexpensive.

 

  • Dental schools are subsidized in Mexico which results in students having more time to focus on their training rather than working for many hours to pay off the debts. So whatever they have to pay to the government is possible by one year of free service. Moreover, this contributes to the lower costs of dental treatments.

 

  • Aside from the cost, the various reviews of friends, acquaintances or even online, visitors are generally impressed with the standards of hygiene and care that they look forward to the experience.

 

  • There is intense competition, particularly in the towns known for dental tourism, and this pushes dentists to invest in the best equipment and training consistently.

 

  • The majority of dentists in Mexico are very well versed in spoken English, which happens to bridge the possible gap between the potential English-speaking patients.

 

  • One can also benefit from shorter wait times as most of the clinics have dentists from all specialties working in one place. Also, booking an appointment well in advance could facilitate your landing on the dentist’s chair as soon as you land in Mexico.

 

  • The low cost of a dental holiday is an advantage. The average price for a dental crown in the US is $1,200; in Mexico, it’s $230. Full dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the US and about $700 in Mexico.

 

  • Across the board, dental care is about 80% cheaper in Mexico than in the U.S. The main factor that makes prices so much lower is the cost of living, but the lower cost doesn’t equate to lower quality.

 

  • Dental Procedure Price in the U.S. Price in Mexico
    Single Titanium Implant $1,500 $750-890
    All-on-4 Dental Implants $20,000 $8,950-12,475
    Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crown $1,100 $180-567
    Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Bridge $1,200 $180-567
    Full Porcelain/Ceramic Crown $1,300 $180-567
    Zirconia Crown $1,700 $450-567
    Porcelain Veneer (per unit) $2,000 $350-567
    Full Denture, Acrylic Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $250-965
    Full Denture, Composite/Porcelain Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $350-600
    Full Denture, Immediate or Healing (upper or lower) $1,495 $480-965
    Partial Denture (Flexible Frame) $1,800 $400-500
    Partial Denture (Metal Frame) $1,400 $350-600

 

OTHER LUCRATIVE PLUGS

  •   A bustling economy has sprung up to support the tourists, with amenities like restaurants, bars, hairdressers, and clothing shops for people to visit while they wait for their appointments.

 

  • You can use US currency while you visit- Most Mexican stores accept US dollars and credit cards.

 

  • You don’t have to plan it – If you work with a dental tourism company, they will arrange everything.

 

  • Medications at a reduced rate If you are prescribed medications or other prescriptions, you can visit a Mexican pharmacy and fill your order at a reduced price before you head home.

 

  • Guaranteed services the vetted dentists provide guaranteed services, in case something goes haywire, you can get it treated at no additional cost.

 

  • Most of the dentists are trained professionally in the USA.

 

  • Mexican healthcare system provides nonpareil customer service, efficiency, and cost.

 

  • For some patients, the low cost outweighs the slight inconveniences and discomfort that they may encounter.

 

  • The cost of treatment is made available before your booking.

 

DENTAL HOTSPOTS IN MEXICO

Mexico is among the few countries that allow patients to drive too, because of which many “dental towns” have emerged along the border, catering almost exclusively to the Americans.  Not to miss out, some locations have convenient airport access. For Americans looking to blend in a little vacation with their dental work, Vicente Guerrero, a small town aligning the Mexican border, known by its nickname: Los Algodones or Molar City could be one of your best picks.

 

  • LOS ALGODONES (BORDERING ARIZONA)

Affordability and dental work usually don’t go hand in hand, but in Los Algodones they do!

A quick an easy pick, right across the border from Yuma, also the best to shudder off the cold and monotony in winters,  it makes saving money possible by having all your flights domestic and choosing to cross the border on land. Because of the excessive competition for dental patients in Los Algodones, many clinics offer shuttle services to patients. So if you want to brighten up your smile without shelling out a fortune, you could end up saving up to 60% or more on expensive procedures like dental implants in Los Algodones.

 Julie Solomon from Minneapolis, Minnesota says, “Every time I go to the dentist in Minneapolis, you can only afford to get like one or two teeth done and then all the other ones from that left neglected. And they just sort of build up and there’s just too much work it’s like, I’m gonna go somewhere where I can get done all in one shot, so that’s why I decided to come here.”

The Purple Pharmacy is one of the most famous pharmacies in Los Algodones. Outside, street hawkers lure potential customers in by announcing prices and even offering to help out customers who may not have a prescription.

purple pharmacy

“Everything clean, clean, clean,” says a satisfied Virginia resident, about the maintained hygiene standards by a dental clinic in Los Algodones.

(video) https://www.dentavacation.com/hygiene-inside-los-algodones-dental-clinic/

 

  • TIJUANA (BORDERING CALIFORNIA) 

Only a  half hour ride from downtown San Diego, it offers a similar convenience. Most dental clinics aren’t close at hand or a spitting distance. So it is advisable to take a taxi or public transport, or even better to ring your clinic for a pickup request. Fueled by craft breweries, stylish coffee houses, and globally renowned restaurants, it makes Tijuana a perfect place to plan your next dental trip. Orthodontics are extremely expensive in most parts of North America, making Tijuana a wonderful option as it is teemed with a plethora of orthodontists to choose from. The orthodontists here have international certifications for their specializations. The peer dentists here do amazing implants while working as Implantaologists. The standards of the clinics here is exceptional with cutting edge technologies and affordable dentistry with no compromising on quality.

 

  •   CANCUN

With its long stretches of powdery beaches, turquoise seas and splendid climate, the city that withstood the Wilma hurricane (2005), after years of patience and tonnes of concrete, it has experienced an exceptional makeover. And that’s what it can do to your teeth too! However, if you are looking for the whole kit and caboodle – a set of snazzy new teeth and a spectacular vacation in azure Caribbean waves, almost year-round sunshine, and rich history, including nearby Mayan ruins, visiting a dentist in Cancun is a great pick.

John from New York City, currently residing full time in Mexico, talks about the modern, painless dental procedures and excellent working staff. Impressed by the low prices in Cancun, John got his daughter along, “she was quoted a price in the United States that was so high that it made sense for her to fly here, have a “vacation, get her dental work done and then fly home, and it was half the price,” he says.

(https://www.dentavacation.com/dental-work-in-cancun/)

 

  • PROGRESO

In spite of Nuevo Progreso’s small size, it has over 300 dental offices, it is affordable and also known for its uncompromising nature for quality dentistry.

 

  • MEXICALI ( A BORDER CITY NEAR CALEXICO)

The dental clinics in Mexicali are affiliated to the American Dental Association. They facilitate their patients with services like providing medical passes and using top-notch technology.

 

  • PUERTO VALLARTA

A city along the long western coastline. From a small, virtually inaccessible and unknown fishing village, to an overnight popular city, when chosen by director John Hutson for his film “The Night Of the Iguana” (1963).

Vallarta has its many charms, right from its barefoot- bar charm, gourmet restaurants, flashy nightlife, artists’ and writers’ colony to affordable dental and cosmetic surgeries, all under its belt.

 

  • ROSARITO

The city that basked in the glamour of Hollywood and still does. It has been the prime destination for glitterati Marilyn Monroe and others. Famous for its taco stands, Susanna (a staple) with European and American style plates, its on fire wine and craft beer scene and imbibing culture, it also resorts for some of the best-known dentists that could fix your smile just as you please.

 

  • NUEVO LAREDO

Nuevo Laredo is close enough to the two large airports, Laredo International Airport and Quetzalcoatl International Airport which are are within eight to 10 miles of the town’s major attractions. The former has many flights from other areas of the US, and the latter has direct connections to Mexico City. Nuevo Laredo is easily reached from the Texas side by the International Bridges. Talking of visiting dentists here would require more than one appointment; however, the dentists at Nuevo Laredo make it easy for patients to get on with the dental procedures by sending their documents (x-rays, cone beams, etc.) in advance.

 

  • PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Dental procedures and beachside bliss! The experience is as blissful as it sounds. While you are not at the dentists’, you have options for diving, Riveria Maya Jazz festival, or Rio Secreto hiking. It is also the best place for the foodies to try their passion cuisines.

 

WHY PREFER MEXICO OVER USA?

  • The expected medical expense in the USA equals to buying a plane ticket to Tijuana ( located on the Gold Coast of Baja California,) booking a decent hotel there, getting the treatment done, and then throwing in another week of sightseeing, and you’ll end up spending less than what you would have, having got the work done back home!

 

  • Utah’s “Right to Shop” law offers public employees ensuring $500 per trip travel to Mexico for cheaper prescription drugs. People can buy around 90 days’ worth of a drug in one such single visit.

 

  • America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) do not cover everything, particularly- dental and cosmetic surgeries. Despite the covered insurance, patients have to pay sky-high medical fees that could land them into debts.

 

WHAT MAKES HEALTHCARE EXPENSIVE IN USA?

 

  • PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS-

What primarily drives up the cost of health insurance is the price of prescription drugs. Also, there is very little competition in the US healthcare market.

  • MALPRACTICE INSURANCE-

Another factor that inflates the cost of healthcare in the US is malpractice insurance. In contrast to other countries where such cases are judged by expert panels, in the US these cases fall under the judgment of a jury of non-specialists who don’t necessarily have a medical background. To avoid such financial risks from patients’ lawsuits, doctors in the US perform unnecessary C- sections and expensive medical tests, not willing to take chances of things going wrong.

 

CROSSING BORDER AND AIRPORTS NEARBY

 

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE along with the border functions on a hands-on approach. The various humanitarian groups are

  • THE HUMANE BORDERS

 

  • NO MORE DEATHS

These groups provide 24 hours assistance and free drinking water to the ones crossing the borders, be they, immigrants or tourists.

 

  • AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL GRAL. RODOLFO SANCHEZ TABOADA – It is an International airport located outside Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, near the S.-Mexico border. It is the northern-most airport in Mexico, named after Mexican military officer, politician and former Governor of Baja California Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada.

 

  • TIJUANA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Located in the city’s Otay Centenario borough, it is just immediately south of the U.S border.

 

  • SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- it is northwest of Downtown San Diego, California, United States.

 

  • CANCUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Located in Cancún, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

 

DOCUMENTS NEEDED

Returning to the US from Mexico by either land, sea or air, requires you to present a passport or a PASS card or Enhanced Driver’s License at the border.

Regardless of your ID choice, you need to fill out a Mexico tourist card on the plane or at the border( if you will be traveling overland)

ID ESSENTIALS

  • NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST card.

 

  • State Issued Enhanced Driver’s License

 

  • Enhanced Tribal Cards

 

  • U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders

 

  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business.

 

  • Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card

 

  • Form I-872 American Indian Card

 

TOURIST CARDS (A MUST HAVE!)

A MEXICO TOURIST CARD (or FMM), is a government declaration form, stating your purpose of visit to Mexico to be ‘tourism,’ also declaring that your intention to vacation is 180 days or less. But the time given is at the discretion of the immigration official (often only 30 to 60 days are granted initially), for more extended stays, the tourist card would need to be extended. It is a standard arrivals card that you’re required to fill when entering most countries.

 

THE FEE (USD 24)

BY AIR

The fee is covered in the cost of your trip, and you’ll be given the card to fill at the airport.

ON ROAD

You can pick the card from a Mexican consulate at your point of entry, and the payment can be made at any nearest bank after you have arrived in Mexico.

ONLINE

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INM) allows travelers to apply for a tourist card online up to 7 days before entering Mexico. Do not forget to get your tourist card stamped by an immigration official once you’ve entered Mexico, or else it would be invalid.

You can Apply for a tourist card online on the website of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute: online FMM application.

 

WHAT IF YOU LOSE YOUR CARD?

  • you will need to pay a fee to get a replacement tourist card at an immigration office,

 

  • or you may be fined when you’re leaving the country.

 

DO CHILDREN NEED A PASSPORT?

Children who are US and Canadian citizens aged 16 and over, on entering the United States from Mexico, by land or sea are under obligation to show a passport or alternative WHTI-compliant document such as a passport card.

Children up to the age of 15 may present proof of citizenship alone, such as a

  • birth certificate,
  • a consular report of birth abroad,
  • Canadian citizenship card.

 

WHERE TO SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS IN MEXICO?

If you are flying into Mexico, you will need to show your travel documents to the Mexico customs agents before you leave the airport, when you pick up your luggage, also when you leave from Mexico, you have to show the documents before security check and before you board your flight.

If you are driving into Mexico, after showing your identification, you will be handed over the card at or nearby the border, which you will be expected to carry at all times during your stay in Mexico. On driving out of Mexico too you will need to show all your travel documents.

 

EXTENDING YOUR STAY?

  • Either leave and re-enter the country, or
  • Apply for a different visa.

 

DRIVING IN MEXICO

A road trip sounds very tempting for a little cultural spree mixed with dentistry! But it is equally essential to avoid potential hazards and complications.

Car wrecks could end you up in jail, so having Mexican Insurance alleviates that possibility. The minimum required insurance coverage is the CIVIL LIABILITY INSURANCE that covers :

  • Injuries
  • Damages

 

American Liability Insurance is NOT valid in Mexico for any bodily harm. However, some American insurance policies do cover you for physical damages, one of which is:-

 

  • ALL STATE MEXICO TOURIST AUTO INSURANCE

 

  • Physical damage and theft

 

  • Liability: bodily injury and property damage up to $500,00

 

  • Medical payments for the insured and passengers

 

  • Legal assistance after an accident

 

  • Loan/lease pay off

 

  • Roadside assistance

 

  • Medical evacuation after an accident

 

RENTING A CAR

  • Before signing the rental agreement, look closely at the car

 

  • Write down all the scratches and non-functional part so that you don’t end up paying uselessly for them on returning the car.

 

  • Taking photos of all scratches as proofs is advisable.

 

  • Your credit card will provide you insurance, but it is advisable to buy the Mexican Insurance anyway, or else you’ll have to stay in the country till all damages are paid off if you’re involved in some accident.

 

WEATHER IN MEXICO:-

The tropic of cancer divides Mexico into two climatic zones. The patients, travelers, retirees, generally find a pleasant and temperate climate. You must not preassume that the weather is hot. Just like its varied terrains, so is the weather. The coastal areas are usually balmy, which can also vary.  In inland northern Mexico, the climate is generally arid and varies a great deal throughout the year. During the summers, it can be sweltering, with an average high of 95F in August. Central Mexico has spring-like weather, it’s warm or hot during the day and cools down at nightfall. Mexico’s Pacific coast region, known as the Mexican Riviera, has warm to hot weather throughout the year. Mexico’s Gulf coast region is among the most humid areas.

 

MEXICAN SLANGS AND GREETINGS THAT CAN GET YOU THROUGH

 

  • MORDIDA – “bite” = bribe. The formal word for a bribe, however, is “soborno.”

 

  • GUEY- “mate” it is mainly written as “wey.”

 

 

  • NETA – “oh really?”

 

  • QUE PEDO – “ what’s up?”

 

  • NO MAMES – “no way”

 

  • BUENOS DIAS – “good morning!”

 

  • ADIOS – “goodbye”

 

  • HOLA – “hello”

 

  • COMO TE VA – “how is it going?”

 

  • Salud = Cheers/Bless you

 

ESSENTIAL APPS:  JUST IN CASE!

 

  • ROME TO RIO “discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry, and automobile” – Details about bus schedules, all you need to do is put your information, from and to details, and you’ll have a plethora of options to pick from. Make sure you have exchanged money and always keep the change (monedas).

 

  • UBER, YES IT WORKS!

 

  • DOLLARS TO PESOS – from the many currency apps, this one leads the rest. Comes in handy when you don’t want the whole world to know that after six days in Mexico you still don’t have a handle on the entire currency thing.

 

  • WHATSAPP, FOR EASY MESSAGING AND CALLS- Add 011 to your number for international calling from the States.       Then add the country code, 1, the region’s area code and then the number.

 

  • SPOTIFY, BECAUSE BEACH AND A LITTLE MUSIC IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA!

 

CALLS  FROM AND TO MEXICO

The country code for Mexico is 52.

  • If you are calling a Mexican phone number from the U.S. or Canada, dial 011 + 52 + area code + phone number.

 

  • If you’re calling on a cell phone, you’ll need to add a 1 after the 52, so you would dial 011 + 52 + 1 + area code + phone number.

 

  • If you’re in Mexico and wish to make long distance calls – the code is 01 plus the area code and phone number.

 

The U.S. and Canada 1

The United Kingdom 44

Australia 61

New Zealand 64

South Africa 27

For instance, if you wish to call someone in NewZealand from Mexico, dial – 0164xxxxxxx.

 

CALLING  ON  MOBILES

Mexican cell phones are under a plan called “el que llama paga,” means that the person who makes a call pays for it.

So, calling to cell phones is more expensive as compared to calling on regular landlines.

If you are still in Mexico but outside the area code, let’s say Monterrey dial 045 and then the 10 digit phone number.

If you’re adding a Mexican cell phone to your Whatsapp contacts, instead of adding 011, you should enter a plus sign (+) before the country code, then a 1 before the area code and phone number.

You can also use pay phones and phone cards which are now less popular as Mexico supports your phone’s network and plan.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS…BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW!!

  • Directory assistance – 040

 

  • Tourist protection and information 01 800 903 9200 or 01 800 987 8224, from the U.S. and Canada 1 800 482 9232 or 1 800 401 3880.

 

  • 911 in case of an emergency.

 

MEXICAN SOUVENIRS

WHAT IS LEGAL-

  • PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS
  • MEXICAN COFFEE
  • MAYAN CHOCOLATE
  • TALAVERA POTTERY
  • TRADITIONAL MEXICAN BLANKET
  • TAXO SILVER JEWELRY
  • TEQUILA / MEZCAL (IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO CARRY IT )

 

WHAT’S NOT-

  • BLACK CORAL

 

  • The interstate shipment including importation of unapproved new drugs, that have not received the FDA’s approval and include foreign-made versions of U.S.-approved drugs.

 

  • Tranquilizers and painkillers are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

mexican soveniers, lucha libre masks
  • In either case, the import of a personal supply of any drug brought over the border must be declared to U.S. Customs, and you should have a valid prescription from a U.S doctor with you. The prescription must be in your own name.

 

PURCHASING DRUGS IN MEXICO

 

Is Buying Drugs in Mexico Illegal Under Mexican Laws?

Some drugs, including controlled substances, may not be purchased in Mexico without a valid prescription from a Mexican doctor. Other laws may also apply.

Know the Risks When You Buy Prescription Drugs in Mexico:-

The old adage still applies: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Drugs you purchase in Mexico may be counterfeit.

 

  • Check to make sure you are dealing with a licensed pharmacy.

 

  • If the drugs you purchase in Mexico are worthless or do you harm, you may have difficulty resolving your complaint.

 

  • You might not be able to determine the manufacturing and handling of medicines.

 

  • Dosages and drug names may be quite different than they are in the U.S. and the amount of active ingredients may be different than in the U.S.

 

  • Breaking U.S. laws regarding the importation of foreign drugs may lead to your arrest in the U.S. Do not lie to U.S. Customs.

 

  • Breaking Mexican laws regarding purchasing of drugs may lead to your arrest in Mexico. Penalties for drug offenses are strict, and convicted offenders can expect hefty fines and jail sentences up to 25 years.

 

  • You must declare the drugs at Customs upon your return. Customs permits people to bring back reasonable amounts of medications for personal use but does not allow stockpiling or purchasing large quantities of drugs for what will be assumed is a commercial or resale purpose.

 

  • The reasonable amount you can carry is up to 50 dozes only.

 

  • Prescription drugs must be used legitimately.

 

  • Do not lie to the customs about carrying drugs; it simply would end you up in jail.

 

  • Buying drugs online could be very risky.

 

POPULAR DRUGS THAT CAN BE PURCHASED IN MEXICO AND BROUGHT BACK TO THE U.S.

There are a wide range of medicines that can be purchased in Mexico without worrying about breaking the U.S. Federal law-

  • PRILOSEC
  • VIAGRA
  • LEVITRA
  • ANTIBIOTICS
  • BIRTH CONTROLS

 

IS MEXICO SAFE?

Talking about friendly, family oriented, religious, and fun loving people, Mexico is what first comes to anyone’s mind. A common occurrence is robbery and pickpocketing, but can it not happen elsewhere too? There are no such unavoidable or “bound to happen” tragedies. With the numerous options for dental centers and dentists, you have to be sure to pick the right one that suits your needs. The tourist office in nearby Yuma, Arizona, provides information about how to choose high-quality dental practices. It is advisable to do some research beforehand. So, if you’re planning your dental vacation to Mexico, make sure you pick wisely from the options that are available so that there is no space for compromising on quality and care. Also, the repulsive headlines do not necessarily reflect how tourists are treated in this country.

DENTAL HOLIDAY IN MEXICO

DENTISTRY IS NOT EXPENSIVE; NEGLECT IS.

Visiting a dentist on vacation might not sound very amusing, but taking a dental holiday in Mexico might be the thing that your smile needs. If you need to patch up a spotty smile, a run for the border is probably your best bet.

The reason for the popularity of Dental tourism in Mexico that sees foreign citizens in large numbers, predominantly from the U.S. and Canada, is considered to be the absenteeism of dental insurance in the American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Even if one has dental insurance, one’s plan likely won’t come close to covering the cost of cosmetic and elective treatments.

WHY MEXICO?

Mexico’s northern border stretches in a series of descending steps, beginning just south of San Diego on the Pacific coast and ending dry, dusty miles later at the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, Mexico unveils 6 of its 31 states.

 

CHOOSING DENTAL TREATMENTS IN MEXICO

 

  • The low cost of a dental holiday is an advantage. The average price for a dental crown in the US is $1,200; in Mexico, it’s $230. Full dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the US and about $700 in Mexico.  Dentistry is cheap in Mexico as labor, and real estate is inexpensive.

 

  • Dental schools are subsidized in Mexico which results in students having more time to focus on their training rather than working for many hours to pay off the debts. So whatever they have to pay to the government is possible by one year of free service. Moreover, this contributes to the lower costs of dental treatments.

 

  • Aside from the cost, the various reviews of friends, acquaintances or even online, visitors are generally impressed with the standards of hygiene and care that they look forward to the experience.

 

  • There is intense competition, particularly in the towns known for dental tourism, and this pushes dentists to invest in the best equipment and training consistently.

 

  • The majority of dentists in Mexico are very well versed in spoken English, which happens to bridge the possible gap between the potential English-speaking patients.

 

  • One can also benefit from shorter wait times as most of the clinics have dentists from all specialties working in one place. Also, booking an appointment well in advance could facilitate your landing on the dentist’s chair as soon as you land in Mexico.

 

  • The low cost of a dental holiday is an advantage. The average price for a dental crown in the US is $1,200; in Mexico, it’s $230. Full dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the US and about $700 in Mexico.

 

  • Across the board, dental care is about 80% cheaper in Mexico than in the U.S. The main factor that makes prices so much lower is the cost of living, but the lower cost doesn’t equate to lower quality.

 

  • Dental Procedure Price in the U.S. Price in Mexico
    Single Titanium Implant $1,500 $750-890
    All-on-4 Dental Implants $20,000 $8,950-12,475
    Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crown $1,100 $180-567
    Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Bridge $1,200 $180-567
    Full Porcelain/Ceramic Crown $1,300 $180-567
    Zirconia Crown $1,700 $450-567
    Porcelain Veneer (per unit) $2,000 $350-567
    Full Denture, Acrylic Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $250-965
    Full Denture, Composite/Porcelain Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $350-600
    Full Denture, Immediate or Healing (upper or lower) $1,495 $480-965
    Partial Denture (Flexible Frame) $1,800 $400-500
    Partial Denture (Metal Frame) $1,400 $350-600

 

OTHER LUCRATIVE PLUGS

  •   A bustling economy has sprung up to support the tourists, with amenities like restaurants, bars, hairdressers, and clothing shops for people to visit while they wait for their appointments.

 

  • You can use US currency while you visit- Most Mexican stores accept US dollars and credit cards.

 

  • You don’t have to plan it – If you work with a dental tourism company, they will arrange everything.

 

  • Medications at a reduced rate If you are prescribed medications or other prescriptions, you can visit a Mexican pharmacy and fill your order at a reduced price before you head home.

 

  • Guaranteed services the vetted dentists provide guaranteed services, in case something goes haywire, you can get it treated at no additional cost.

 

  • Most of the dentists are trained professionally in the USA.

 

  • Mexican healthcare system provides nonpareil customer service, efficiency, and cost.

 

  • For some patients, the low cost outweighs the slight inconveniences and discomfort that they may encounter.

 

  • The cost of treatment is made available before your booking.

 

DENTAL HOTSPOTS IN MEXICO

Mexico is among the few countries that allow patients to drive too, because of which many “dental towns” have emerged along the border, catering almost exclusively to the Americans.  Not to miss out, some locations have convenient airport access. For Americans looking to blend in a little vacation with their dental work, Vicente Guerrero, a small town aligning the Mexican border, known by its nickname: Los Algodones or Molar City could be one of your best picks.

 

  • LOS ALGODONES (BORDERING ARIZONA)

Affordability and dental work usually don’t go hand in hand, but in Los Algodones they do!

A quick an easy pick, right across the border from Yuma, also the best to shudder off the cold and monotony in winters,  it makes saving money possible by having all your flights domestic and choosing to cross the border on land. Because of the excessive competition for dental patients in Los Algodones, many clinics offer shuttle services to patients. So if you want to brighten up your smile without shelling out a fortune, you could end up saving up to 60% or more on expensive procedures like dental implants in Los Algodones.

 Julie Solomon from Minneapolis, Minnesota says, “Every time I go to the dentist in Minneapolis, you can only afford to get like one or two teeth done and then all the other ones from that left neglected. And they just sort of build up and there’s just too much work it’s like, I’m gonna go somewhere where I can get done all in one shot, so that’s why I decided to come here.”

The Purple Pharmacy is one of the most famous pharmacies in Los Algodones. Outside, street hawkers lure potential customers in by announcing prices and even offering to help out customers who may not have a prescription.

purple pharmacy

“Everything clean, clean, clean,” says a satisfied Virginia resident, about the maintained hygiene standards by a dental clinic in Los Algodones.

(video) https://www.dentavacation.com/hygiene-inside-los-algodones-dental-clinic/

 

  • TIJUANA (BORDERING CALIFORNIA) 

Only a  half hour ride from downtown San Diego, it offers a similar convenience. Most dental clinics aren’t close at hand or a spitting distance. So it is advisable to take a taxi or public transport, or even better to ring your clinic for a pickup request. Fueled by craft breweries, stylish coffee houses, and globally renowned restaurants, it makes Tijuana a perfect place to plan your next dental trip. Orthodontics are extremely expensive in most parts of North America, making Tijuana a wonderful option as it is teemed with a plethora of orthodontists to choose from. The orthodontists here have international certifications for their specializations. The peer dentists here do amazing implants while working as Implantaologists. The standards of the clinics here is exceptional with cutting edge technologies and affordable dentistry with no compromising on quality.

 

  •   CANCUN

With its long stretches of powdery beaches, turquoise seas and splendid climate, the city that withstood the Wilma hurricane (2005), after years of patience and tonnes of concrete, it has experienced an exceptional makeover. And that’s what it can do to your teeth too! However, if you are looking for the whole kit and caboodle – a set of snazzy new teeth and a spectacular vacation in azure Caribbean waves, almost year-round sunshine, and rich history, including nearby Mayan ruins, visiting a dentist in Cancun is a great pick.

John from New York City, currently residing full time in Mexico, talks about the modern, painless dental procedures and excellent working staff. Impressed by the low prices in Cancun, John got his daughter along, “she was quoted a price in the United States that was so high that it made sense for her to fly here, have a “vacation, get her dental work done and then fly home, and it was half the price,” he says.

(https://www.dentavacation.com/dental-work-in-cancun/)

 

  • PROGRESO

In spite of Nuevo Progreso’s small size, it has over 300 dental offices, it is affordable and also known for its uncompromising nature for quality dentistry.

 

  • MEXICALI ( A BORDER CITY NEAR CALEXICO)

The dental clinics in Mexicali are affiliated to the American Dental Association. They facilitate their patients with services like providing medical passes and using top-notch technology.

 

  • PUERTO VALLARTA

A city along the long western coastline. From a small, virtually inaccessible and unknown fishing village, to an overnight popular city, when chosen by director John Hutson for his film “The Night Of the Iguana” (1963).

Vallarta has its many charms, right from its barefoot- bar charm, gourmet restaurants, flashy nightlife, artists’ and writers’ colony to affordable dental and cosmetic surgeries, all under its belt.

 

  • ROSARITO

The city that basked in the glamour of Hollywood and still does. It has been the prime destination for glitterati Marilyn Monroe and others. Famous for its taco stands, Susanna (a staple) with European and American style plates, its on fire wine and craft beer scene and imbibing culture, it also resorts for some of the best-known dentists that could fix your smile just as you please.

 

  • NUEVO LAREDO

Nuevo Laredo is close enough to the two large airports, Laredo International Airport and Quetzalcoatl International Airport which are are within eight to 10 miles of the town’s major attractions. The former has many flights from other areas of the US, and the latter has direct connections to Mexico City. Nuevo Laredo is easily reached from the Texas side by the International Bridges. Talking of visiting dentists here would require more than one appointment; however, the dentists at Nuevo Laredo make it easy for patients to get on with the dental procedures by sending their documents (x-rays, cone beams, etc.) in advance.

 

  • PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Dental procedures and beachside bliss! The experience is as blissful as it sounds. While you are not at the dentists’, you have options for diving, Riveria Maya Jazz festival, or Rio Secreto hiking. It is also the best place for the foodies to try their passion cuisines.

 

WHY PREFER MEXICO OVER USA?

  • The expected medical expense in the USA equals to buying a plane ticket to Tijuana ( located on the Gold Coast of Baja California,) booking a decent hotel there, getting the treatment done, and then throwing in another week of sightseeing, and you’ll end up spending less than what you would have, having got the work done back home!

 

  • Utah’s “Right to Shop” law offers public employees ensuring $500 per trip travel to Mexico for cheaper prescription drugs. People can buy around 90 days’ worth of a drug in one such single visit.

 

  • America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) do not cover everything, particularly- dental and cosmetic surgeries. Despite the covered insurance, patients have to pay sky-high medical fees that could land them into debts.

 

WHAT MAKES HEALTHCARE EXPENSIVE IN USA?

 

  • PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS-

What primarily drives up the cost of health insurance is the price of prescription drugs. Also, there is very little competition in the US healthcare market.

  • MALPRACTICE INSURANCE-

Another factor that inflates the cost of healthcare in the US is malpractice insurance. In contrast to other countries where such cases are judged by expert panels, in the US these cases fall under the judgment of a jury of non-specialists who don’t necessarily have a medical background. To avoid such financial risks from patients’ lawsuits, doctors in the US perform unnecessary C- sections and expensive medical tests, not willing to take chances of things going wrong.

 

CROSSING BORDER AND AIRPORTS NEARBY

 

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE along with the border functions on a hands-on approach. The various humanitarian groups are

  • THE HUMANE BORDERS

 

  • NO MORE DEATHS

These groups provide 24 hours assistance and free drinking water to the ones crossing the borders, be they, immigrants or tourists.

 

  • AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL GRAL. RODOLFO SANCHEZ TABOADA – It is an International airport located outside Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, near the S.-Mexico border. It is the northern-most airport in Mexico, named after Mexican military officer, politician and former Governor of Baja California Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada.

 

  • TIJUANA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Located in the city’s Otay Centenario borough, it is just immediately south of the U.S border.

 

  • SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- it is northwest of Downtown San Diego, California, United States.

 

  • CANCUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Located in Cancún, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

 

DOCUMENTS NEEDED

Returning to the US from Mexico by either land, sea or air, requires you to present a passport or a PASS card or Enhanced Driver’s License at the border.

Regardless of your ID choice, you need to fill out a Mexico tourist card on the plane or at the border( if you will be traveling overland)

ID ESSENTIALS

  • NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST card.

 

  • State Issued Enhanced Driver’s License

 

  • Enhanced Tribal Cards

 

  • U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders

 

  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business.

 

  • Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card

 

  • Form I-872 American Indian Card

 

TOURIST CARDS (A MUST HAVE!)

A MEXICO TOURIST CARD (or FMM), is a government declaration form, stating your purpose of visit to Mexico to be ‘tourism,’ also declaring that your intention to vacation is 180 days or less. But the time given is at the discretion of the immigration official (often only 30 to 60 days are granted initially), for more extended stays, the tourist card would need to be extended. It is a standard arrivals card that you’re required to fill when entering most countries.

 

THE FEE (USD 24)

BY AIR

The fee is covered in the cost of your trip, and you’ll be given the card to fill at the airport.

ON ROAD

You can pick the card from a Mexican consulate at your point of entry, and the payment can be made at any nearest bank after you have arrived in Mexico.

ONLINE

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INM) allows travelers to apply for a tourist card online up to 7 days before entering Mexico. Do not forget to get your tourist card stamped by an immigration official once you’ve entered Mexico, or else it would be invalid.

You can Apply for a tourist card online on the website of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute: online FMM application.

 

WHAT IF YOU LOSE YOUR CARD?

  • you will need to pay a fee to get a replacement tourist card at an immigration office,

 

  • or you may be fined when you’re leaving the country.

 

DO CHILDREN NEED A PASSPORT?

Children who are US and Canadian citizens aged 16 and over, on entering the United States from Mexico, by land or sea are under obligation to show a passport or alternative WHTI-compliant document such as a passport card.

Children up to the age of 15 may present proof of citizenship alone, such as a

  • birth certificate,
  • a consular report of birth abroad,
  • Canadian citizenship card.

 

WHERE TO SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS IN MEXICO?

If you are flying into Mexico, you will need to show your travel documents to the Mexico customs agents before you leave the airport, when you pick up your luggage, also when you leave from Mexico, you have to show the documents before security check and before you board your flight.

If you are driving into Mexico, after showing your identification, you will be handed over the card at or nearby the border, which you will be expected to carry at all times during your stay in Mexico. On driving out of Mexico too you will need to show all your travel documents.

 

EXTENDING YOUR STAY?

  • Either leave and re-enter the country, or
  • Apply for a different visa.

 

DRIVING IN MEXICO

A road trip sounds very tempting for a little cultural spree mixed with dentistry! But it is equally essential to avoid potential hazards and complications.

Car wrecks could end you up in jail, so having Mexican Insurance alleviates that possibility. The minimum required insurance coverage is the CIVIL LIABILITY INSURANCE that covers :

  • Injuries
  • Damages

 

American Liability Insurance is NOT valid in Mexico for any bodily harm. However, some American insurance policies do cover you for physical damages, one of which is:-

 

  • ALL STATE MEXICO TOURIST AUTO INSURANCE

 

  • Physical damage and theft

 

  • Liability: bodily injury and property damage up to $500,00

 

  • Medical payments for the insured and passengers

 

  • Legal assistance after an accident

 

  • Loan/lease pay off

 

  • Roadside assistance

 

  • Medical evacuation after an accident

 

RENTING A CAR

  • Before signing the rental agreement, look closely at the car

 

  • Write down all the scratches and non-functional part so that you don’t end up paying uselessly for them on returning the car.

 

  • Taking photos of all scratches as proofs is advisable.

 

  • Your credit card will provide you insurance, but it is advisable to buy the Mexican Insurance anyway, or else you’ll have to stay in the country till all damages are paid off if you’re involved in some accident.

 

WEATHER IN MEXICO:-

The tropic of cancer divides Mexico into two climatic zones. The patients, travelers, retirees, generally find a pleasant and temperate climate. You must not preassume that the weather is hot. Just like its varied terrains, so is the weather. The coastal areas are usually balmy, which can also vary.  In inland northern Mexico, the climate is generally arid and varies a great deal throughout the year. During the summers, it can be sweltering, with an average high of 95F in August. Central Mexico has spring-like weather, it’s warm or hot during the day and cools down at nightfall. Mexico’s Pacific coast region, known as the Mexican Riviera, has warm to hot weather throughout the year. Mexico’s Gulf coast region is among the most humid areas.

 

MEXICAN SLANGS AND GREETINGS THAT CAN GET YOU THROUGH

 

  • MORDIDA – “bite” = bribe. The formal word for a bribe, however, is “soborno.”

 

  • GUEY- “mate” it is mainly written as “wey.”

 

 

  • NETA – “oh really?”

 

  • QUE PEDO – “ what’s up?”

 

  • NO MAMES – “no way”

 

  • BUENOS DIAS – “good morning!”

 

  • ADIOS – “goodbye”

 

  • HOLA – “hello”

 

  • COMO TE VA – “how is it going?”

 

  • Salud = Cheers/Bless you

 

ESSENTIAL APPS:  JUST IN CASE!

 

  • ROME TO RIO “discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry, and automobile” – Details about bus schedules, all you need to do is put your information, from and to details, and you’ll have a plethora of options to pick from. Make sure you have exchanged money and always keep the change (monedas).

 

  • UBER, YES IT WORKS!

 

  • DOLLARS TO PESOS – from the many currency apps, this one leads the rest. Comes in handy when you don’t want the whole world to know that after six days in Mexico you still don’t have a handle on the entire currency thing.

 

  • WHATSAPP, FOR EASY MESSAGING AND CALLS- Add 011 to your number for international calling from the States.       Then add the country code, 1, the region’s area code and then the number.

 

  • SPOTIFY, BECAUSE BEACH AND A LITTLE MUSIC IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA!

 

CALLS  FROM AND TO MEXICO

The country code for Mexico is 52.

  • If you are calling a Mexican phone number from the U.S. or Canada, dial 011 + 52 + area code + phone number.

 

  • If you’re calling on a cell phone, you’ll need to add a 1 after the 52, so you would dial 011 + 52 + 1 + area code + phone number.

 

  • If you’re in Mexico and wish to make long distance calls – the code is 01 plus the area code and phone number.

 

The U.S. and Canada 1

The United Kingdom 44

Australia 61

New Zealand 64

South Africa 27

For instance, if you wish to call someone in NewZealand from Mexico, dial – 0164xxxxxxx.

 

CALLING  ON  MOBILES

Mexican cell phones are under a plan called “el que llama paga,” means that the person who makes a call pays for it.

So, calling to cell phones is more expensive as compared to calling on regular landlines.

If you are still in Mexico but outside the area code, let’s say Monterrey dial 045 and then the 10 digit phone number.

If you’re adding a Mexican cell phone to your Whatsapp contacts, instead of adding 011, you should enter a plus sign (+) before the country code, then a 1 before the area code and phone number.

You can also use pay phones and phone cards which are now less popular as Mexico supports your phone’s network and plan.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS…BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW!!

  • Directory assistance – 040

 

  • Tourist protection and information 01 800 903 9200 or 01 800 987 8224, from the U.S. and Canada 1 800 482 9232 or 1 800 401 3880.

 

  • 911 in case of an emergency.

 

MEXICAN SOUVENIRS

WHAT IS LEGAL-

  • PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS
  • MEXICAN COFFEE
  • MAYAN CHOCOLATE
  • TALAVERA POTTERY
  • TRADITIONAL MEXICAN BLANKET
  • TAXO SILVER JEWELRY
  • TEQUILA / MEZCAL (IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO CARRY IT )

 

WHAT’S NOT-

  • BLACK CORAL

 

  • The interstate shipment including importation of unapproved new drugs, that have not received the FDA’s approval and include foreign-made versions of U.S.-approved drugs.

 

  • Tranquilizers and painkillers are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

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  • In either case, the import of a personal supply of any drug brought over the border must be declared to U.S. Customs, and you should have a valid prescription from a U.S doctor with you. The prescription must be in your own name.

 

PURCHASING DRUGS IN MEXICO

 

Is Buying Drugs in Mexico Illegal Under Mexican Laws?

Some drugs, including controlled substances, may not be purchased in Mexico without a valid prescription from a Mexican doctor. Other laws may also apply.

Know the Risks When You Buy Prescription Drugs in Mexico:-

The old adage still applies: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Drugs you purchase in Mexico may be counterfeit.

 

  • Check to make sure you are dealing with a licensed pharmacy.

 

  • If the drugs you purchase in Mexico are worthless or do you harm, you may have difficulty resolving your complaint.

 

  • You might not be able to determine the manufacturing and handling of medicines.

 

  • Dosages and drug names may be quite different than they are in the U.S. and the amount of active ingredients may be different than in the U.S.

 

  • Breaking U.S. laws regarding the importation of foreign drugs may lead to your arrest in the U.S. Do not lie to U.S. Customs.

 

  • Breaking Mexican laws regarding purchasing of drugs may lead to your arrest in Mexico. Penalties for drug offenses are strict, and convicted offenders can expect hefty fines and jail sentences up to 25 years.

 

  • You must declare the drugs at Customs upon your return. Customs permits people to bring back reasonable amounts of medications for personal use but does not allow stockpiling or purchasing large quantities of drugs for what will be assumed is a commercial or resale purpose.

 

  • The reasonable amount you can carry is up to 50 dozes only.

 

  • Prescription drugs must be used legitimately.

 

  • Do not lie to the customs about carrying drugs; it simply would end you up in jail.

 

  • Buying drugs online could be very risky.

 

POPULAR DRUGS THAT CAN BE PURCHASED IN MEXICO AND BROUGHT BACK TO THE U.S.

There are a wide range of medicines that can be purchased in Mexico without worrying about breaking the U.S. Federal law-

  • PRILOSEC
  • VIAGRA
  • LEVITRA
  • ANTIBIOTICS
  • BIRTH CONTROLS

 

IS MEXICO SAFE?

Talking about friendly, family oriented, religious, and fun loving people, Mexico is what first comes to anyone’s mind. A common occurrence is robbery and pickpocketing, but can it not happen elsewhere too? There are no such unavoidable or “bound to happen” tragedies. With the numerous options for dental centers and dentists, you have to be sure to pick the right one that suits your needs. The tourist office in nearby Yuma, Arizona, provides information about how to choose high-quality dental practices. It is advisable to do some research beforehand. So, if you’re planning your dental vacation to Mexico, make sure you pick wisely from the options that are available so that there is no space for compromising on quality and care. Also, the repulsive headlines do not necessarily reflect how tourists are treated in this country.

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