When our first little teeth come in as babies, they are usually pretty perfect. But, when our second set of teeth, or our “adult” teeth come in, many of us begin to see problems appear.
Or perhaps your adult teeth initially grew in fine, but over time they have become chipped, broken and discolored. From one or two slightly crooked teeth, to several extremely crooked teeth and gaps, our adult teeth can be problematic.
But, thankfully, at Dental Image there are many options to create beautiful smiles that can improve self-confidence, fix your bite and even out your appearance.
One of the most common forms of tooth transformation is braces. Many of us have or will have braces. Very common in the teenage years, braces are bonded to existing teeth to help push and pull them to their proper places. There are different types of braces including Empower, Damon Clear, and Invisalign.
Crowns provide improvement not just for the appearance of your smile, but also the function of your bite. Crowns are made from porcelain and are custom fitted to your mouth, in shape and color.
A bridge is created when one or more missing teeth creates a gap in your mouth. A crown is created for the teeth on either side of the gap and a fake tooth is situated in the middle. Dental bridges look very natural are a good option for fixing a gap.
Veneers are made from porcelain and are extremely thin shells that are then bonded to your teeth. They are good choices for stained or chipped teeth, to close gaps, or for teeth that are irregularly shaped.
Toothwhiteningdone in the dentist’s office is stronger and more effective than the at-home versions. It involves a chemical compound that is left on the teeth for about an hour to remove stains and restore natural, shiny white teeth.
Dental restoration is accomplished by using resin to cover and reshape chipped or uneven teeth. It is minimally invasive and if cared for properly can last a long time.
Dental Implants have gained a lot of traction over the last couple of decades and there’s a good reason why. Implants offer a permanent solution for your smile and your bite. They help maintain your face’s shape as well.
How do dental implants work? What makes them different from other dental procedures?
Dental implants procedure involves surgically placed titanium anchors in your jaw bone. The bone itself will grow and create a permanent grip around the anchor. Then a porcelain crown is attached to the anchor.
In addition to single dental implants is All-on-4 dental implants. Instead of replacing single teeth, the All-on-4 procedure is more cost effective and more efficient.
As the name suggests, the procedure involves replacing all of the upper or lower teeth on 4 anchors. This process allows for the immediate placement of a full fixed bridge containing 10 to 14 teeth.
Single dental implants in Tijuana cost anywhere from 25 to 65 percent less than in the U.S. depending on how involved the procedure is. All-on-4 dental implants cost 50 percent less than in the U.S.
Dental implants don’t just look better, they last longer and are better for your overall oral health. Implants stimulate the growth of new bone tissue in your jaw, creating a more stable bite for years to come.
Stop feeling the need to cover your mouth when you talk, hiding your smile, and having low self-confidence. Contact Dental Image today about Dental Implants or one of the other many options we have to transform your smile from ordinary to extraordinary.
We’ve all been there. It begins with searing tooth pain and a fear of biting into anything cold. Finally, you break down and schedule a visit to the dentist’s office. After an xray or two and an examination, you find out you have an infected tooth.
You then almost pass out when your dentist tells you how much it is going to cost to have a root canal and then a crown or even worse a bridge or possibly an implant. You might think about just having the tooth pulled, but then the dentist tells you that if you do your teeth will start shifting. That will just cause more problems down the road.
Your dentist gives you an antibiotic to take for a few days.
At the front desk, you stop to pay your bill for that day’s appointment and get the printout with your options and the pricing.
Many Americans flock to Mexico each year for dental work. It’s no wonder, with the rising cost of dental care and many people being underinsured or uninsured.
Dental work in Mexico is much less expensive and the dentist are well-trained. Dentist offices in Mexico are also designed with efficiency and medical tourists in mind so travelers can expect to save time as well.
As with anything, however, it isn’t only about price. It is also important to know if it is safe to get dental work done in Mexico.
Do Your Homework
When looking for a new doctor, dentist, even a hairstylist, we do our research. We ask our friends, family and co-workers. We look up reviews online.
Searching for a dentist in Mexico works the same way
Begin with doing some research about potential dentists. Are they certified? Check reviews online. What do reviews say about technology and cleanliness?
Really, the simple fact that so many positive reviews exist online is a good indication that getting dental work in Mexico is safe. Otherwise, wouldn’t the internet be flooded with scathing reviews?
What about the cities that are almost entirely made up of dentists and their staff? How can that be possible? Because of all of those people crossing the border into Mexico to receive dental care, of course!
A good place to start is by looking up the dentists at Dental Departures. There you can find out if the clinic has certified dentists, who the dentists are, what types of services are available and much more. Plus, the staff with Dental Departures check out the clinics and offices themselves and take their own pictures.
You may be wondering how dental care can be as good as what you find in the U.S. but cost so much less. There are a few reasons for this actually.
One is that the Mexican government helps dentists pay for their education, leaving most of them with little debt. Add in that the real estate is much cheaper that in most cities in the U.S. and that allows a well-educated dentist to charge much less while still providing quality work.
Case in point, let’s take a look at Dental Image.
If you happened to click on the link for Dental Departures earlier, then you’re already aware that Dental Image is a five-star rated, Dental Departures certified clinic. Dental Image is family-owned, with attentive staff that perform a wide range of services. Dental Image accepts major U.S. insurance plans. According to reviews, Dental Image is very clean and has amazing staff as well as being comparable in technology and great prices.
Have you ever thought about traveling to Mexico for dental work? Many Americans are doing just that today and finding that it is far easier than previously thought. However, there’s always the concern about cost when having dental procedures done. No one likes a hefty bill to go along with a brand new toothache. Well, good news. Many services can be performed by college educated dentists at 70 percent less than in the United States. Not only that, but oftentimes you will be able to schedule your procedure and get in much more quickly. Less time spent dealing with that pesky tooth.
Dentists in Mexico often have their education cost subsidized by the government. This combined with cheap real estate allows them to run small practices without a lot of overhead. They are then able to provide low-cost dental care to the over one million medical tourists that come to Mexico each year for affordable dental work.
However, even though the costs are cheaper, you may still be wondering if dentists in Mexico take U.S. dental insurance? If so, that would cut your out-of-pocket costs down even more! Will U.S. dental insurance companies pay for work done in Mexico? Let’s find out!
A quick search on Google will show that yes, you may in fact be able to use your U.S. dental insurance in Mexico!
This is great news. Dental procedures in the U.S. are so expensive that many insurance plans cover just a small amount over the routine cleanings and checkups. More serious dental procedures can become very expensive very quickly. Fillings and root canals can lead to crowns, bridges and implants, none of which are inexpensive. During these times, you might find that your coverage will not go near as far as you’d thought.
With the cost of dental work being so much less expensive in Mexico, your dental insurance would go much further.
According to Dental Departures, an independent agency that investigates dental offices throughout Mexico, some dentists in Mexico will be able to bill your insurance directly, just like the dentist down the street from your home! Dentists that are unable to bill directly can help you with the reimbursement forms your insurance requires.
So even though you will likely have to pay the full amount up front, chances are that you can be reimbursed by your insurance company later. After all, it saves them money too!
Delta Dental is one of the major dental insurance providers in the United States. Their Premier and PPO policies allow enrollees to obtain dental care from “any licensed dentist, anywhere in the world.” This includes all dental care, not just emergencies!
Beyond Borders Dental, an agency that helps medical tourists make their dental care plans in Mexico, will help those with Delta Dental, Aetna Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental, Cigna Dental Insurance, DentaMax, MetLife Dental or United Concordia Dental Insurance with reimbursement forms.
If you can already save 70 percent by having your dental work done in Mexico and then your insurance picks up a portion or even all of the remaining 30 percent, that makes that bridgework much less painful, doesn’t it?
Dental Image accepts insurance plans from many U.S. dental insurance providers, including Delta Dental, Aetna, Metlife and more. Contact Dental Image in Tijuana and your dental insurance provider for more information.
Dental Image is a family-owned dental office that provides quality and low-cost dental care. Dental Image prides themselves on having caring, attentive staff and efficient service.