Since we live so close to the Mexico border, every once in a while you hear a story about someone that goes to Tijuana in order to “save money” on “cheap” dental work.
If this is something you’ve considered, I implore you to read this post. If you don’t want to read, please understand this:
If you go to a “cheap” dentist, anywhere, you will always get “cheap” dental work that will end up costing you more money in the long run.
Now if you’re a something like a dental conspiracy theorist, you might be thinking: You’re a “high-end” dentist trying to make more money by warding me off from less expensive alternatives.
I’m a quality dentist, that does safe, quality work, using safe, quality raw materials and quality technology. (All of these things cost me a lot more money out of the gate!)
Understand I’m interested in doing the job correctly and safely. While this may be “more expensive” upfront, I guarantee it will cost you less in the long run.
Example: A patient that went to Mexico for “cheap” work
Now let me tell you about a current patient of mine that first went to Mexico to get veneers, and how all that worked out.
Truth be told, the veneers she got in Mexico didn’t look half bad. And she did pay less than half of what she would have paid here.
But there were problems. The fit was very uncomfortable. The materials were substandard. And the overall work was poor.
In less than a year, she developed decay underneath 4 teeth due to the margins not being sealed.
In the first intraoral pic, you can see the opening shows decay, and then a pic of the decay underneath:
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Now, instead of saving money, she’s had to pay me (at a full fee) to fix and re-do them, one at a time, to address the decay.
But wait: It gets worse!
I also need to match the esthetics from Mexico (color and shape) because my patient can’t afford to do them all at once.
So now I can’t do / control her smile design, which was the whole reason she wanted to get veneers in the first place.
The good news is with our 3D mill, we can get a precise fit and color match, all in-office.
Here are some real ways to save money at the dentist.
We’ve started putting together this page, which explains some ways to save money at a quality dentist.
Note: This page is a work in progress, and we’ll be adding more to it over time.
The single biggest problem is that most people assume that all dentists and dental procedures are the same, and hence, the cheaper the better, right?
Wrong. They are not the same.
There are many ways to fix teeth. Since your health is involved: Safe, quality work should be your top concern!
“Cheap” dentistry might save you a couple hundred dollars in the short-term, but you always get what you pay for: Dentistry done cheap!
Like this patient, if you go the cheap route, you’ll likely be back in a few years to get the same thing done again – wasting much more than you saved in the first place!