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Visiting an International Cosmetic Dentist

Each year, large numbers of patients travel across national borders to receive medical care. Many of these medical tourists seek a dentist for cosmetic dental treatments such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns, bridges and wisdom teeth removal. In fact, dental tourism has become a widespread trend because it offers international cosmetic dentistry patients the opportunity to locate an affordable and highly skilled cosmetic dentist while enjoying the many local attractions their dental treatment destination has to offer. In addition, cosmetic dentists worldwide often offer unique travel packages and assistance with transportation and accommodations to welcome their travel dentistry patients.

Lower-Cost Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

The primary reason cosmetic dentistry patients are willing to travel to various dental destinations to receive quality dental care is price. Many dental tourism patients lack dental insurance in their home country; this is especially true for cosmetic dentistry patients in the United States. In addition, many cosmetic dentistry procedures are not covered by health insurance unless deemed medically necessary. Therefore, travel dentistry has proven to be a cost-effective alternative for patients who are facing the full burden of expensive cosmetic dentistry treatments on a limited budget.

The price difference between cosmetic dentistry procedures in the United States and other countries can be quite dramatic, creating a powerful incentive for patients to make the trip across the border. For example, according to the Medical Tourism Association, an international nonprofit trade association for the medical tourism industry, a dental implant that costs $2,800 in the United States may cost between 30 to 70 percent less elsewhere, depending on the location and other factors such as the materials used, the facility and the dentist’s qualifications and years of experience. In addition, veneers, bridges and braces cost much less in many countries outside the United States.

Quick Service and High Quality Treatment with International Dentists

In addition to being lured by lower prices, patients often travel to other destinations to undergo dental treatments because they can get the procedures done more quickly than they can at home. For example, patients who live in nations that have government-run healthcare systems often find themselves on long waiting lists for treatments that they urgently need. As a result, many search for alternatives and find that travel dentistry often meets their medical needs while fitting within their budgets.

Another draw is simply the education, experience and skill of many international cosmetic dentists. In fact, several countries are home to extremely talented dentists, many of whom have trained at prestigious universities and hospitals in the United States and throughout the world. Many of them receive new tourism dentistry patients via word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied former U.S. patients who report positive results following treatment. With a bit of research and planning, it is easy to find a reputable dentist who can provide safe, top-notch treatment resulting in a stunning new smile at a relatively low cost.

Destination Dentistry: How to Make the Most of Your Medical Vacation

Although medical tourism patients often travel to other countries to undergo an elective procedure due to the high quality of care, affordability and ease of access, there are additional benefits to medical tourism. Travel dentistry allows patients to combine their medical treatment with a vacation in which they can explore a new destination and its local attractions. In addition, most medical providers and their staffs are eager to assist with travel arrangements, accommodations and information about the location, including the beast places to visit, eat and go out. To learn more about medical tourism, please visit the Medical Tourism Association website.


1. Medical Tourism Association

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