Costa Rica is all smiles!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a vacation to one of the most beautiful places in the world, marvel at its natural treasures, enjoy the local food, wonderful people and to top it all off, go back home with the smile you have always wanted?
That’s what more and more Americans are doing each year when they plan their visits to Costa Rica. The Central American country has become one of the most popular and sought-after locations to receive dental treatment at a more affordable price than what it would cost to get the same job done in the United States. Just how much affordable? Think from 45% to 65% less.
One may think that going to a small country that is promising to save you money in dental or medical procedures, might not sound like such a great idea to start with. How ever, the savings the patient sees while comparing estimates to their local dentist´s office´s offer come from the fact that the costs of operating a dental clinic in Costa Rica are much lower than those in the US. These savings, along with lower costs for FDA approved materials available in Costa Rica, translate into better prices for the you – the Patient!
Americans are saving money when they plan their trips to get dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, root canals, dentures, resins, among many others, done in Costa Rica. This phenomenon has even been showcased in news programs from ABC and NBC. People are become less and less afraid each day to take the plunge and enjoy the top quality work available in Costa Rica at these great prices that allow the patients to achieve their dream smile and save some money while they are at it.
A piece of advice: make sure the dental office is accredited and certified by an international organization that can verify that safety protocols are being followed in the same way they are required in the United States. You might want to double check your Doctor´s credentials as well. Look for a Dentist that is a Specialist and one that spent several years (not months!) getting his degree, hopefully at a US University. This should guarantee that the treatment and customer service you are accustomed to getting back home, is very similar (or the same) that you will be enjoying at your Costa Rican dental office of choice.
And last but not least: why call it a dental trip? Well, it may as well be a vacation too if you are going to such a beautiful place. The length of your stay in Costa Rica may include healing time and may allow you to have some days off, when you do not have to go into the clinic because of lab work. You can use these days to enjoy the sights of lovely Costa Rica. Just make sure to always follow your doctor´s recommendations on what activities you are allowed to do and which ones are better off putting aside for another occasion.
We have recently found a great article on Costa Rica dental tourism by Advance Dental, feel free to read it here: http://www.advancedentalcostarica.com/Resources/dental-tourism.html
Updated: January 18, 2015