October 31, 2013 by Amanda Duffy
Algodones, Mexico street view
Los Algodones is in an enviable position on the US-Mexico border, with hundreds of dentists in Algodones taking advantage of this fact, setting up their clinics within walking distance of the border crossing.
Only 7 miles south of Yuma, this convenient location has always been a draw for US residents looking for a bargain, but now they don’t just come to drink margaritas and buy Mexican handicrafts, but come because of the savings they make on their dental care.
Back home, it’s reported affordable dental care doesn’t exist for 1 in 3 Americans, so many are looking for alternatives elsewhere with Algodones being the destination of choice.
Algodones has a lot going for it. Friendly locals, a sunny climate, great for bargaining and it’s very easy to reach. There’s plenty of air-conditioned restaurants, or places to dine al fresco if you prefer – and the water is fine to drink! Like anywhere else in Mexico, Algodones loves to celebrate and festivals including The Day of the Dead are always entertaining. This dusty, colorful, typical Mexican border town is FUN, safe, and has been a favorite of retirees, snowbirds and RVers for years.
Clinica Integral Rubio
Why Algodones Dentists?
A good dentist in Algodones will provide you with excellent dental care – and the facilities, technology and hygiene standards these days are as likely to be just as good as your dentist at home. Take a look at the sleek, modern décor and ambient lighting of Sani Dental’s Platinum clinic and compare it to the drab, dreary, functional office of your dentist at home – which one looks as though it is state-of-the-art?
Dentists here are as well versed in new technologies and techniques as any other dental experts in the world. International training is now fairly commonplace, with clinics such as the Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Center also having membership of the American Dental Association, which means their professional standards are exactly the same as any dentist in the United States.
From fillings to full mouth rehabilitation, all your dental needs can be met in Algodones by experienced, caring professionals who provide a high-quality service. The only difference you will notice compared to your dentist at home is the price.
Algodones Dentists Prices
You’d have to be living on another planet not to know about the low prices for dental care in Algodones – on average around 70% less than in the United States or Canada. The potential savings on big procedures can amount to thousands of dollars – which could make all the difference on whether you can afford life-changing dental care or not.
There is no doubt that good dental care is life-changing – ask anyone that hides their smile because they are embarrassed by the state of their teeth, or someone who is in pain or discomfort because of dental problems.
Don’t suffer needlessly. Join the thousands of other savvy Americans who have found they can afford good quality dental care at one of our dentists in Algodones.
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October 25, 2013 by Christian Parra
Day of the dead Festival
The city of Los Algodones, México hosts its second annual Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday November 9th 2013.
This little town known as the dental capital of the world, with over 400 Los Algodones dentists, is hosting a Day of the Dead Celebration with free bread of the dead, sugar skulls, music, beer & margaritas to celebrate this Mexican Holiday.
Date: November 9th 2013
Place: B Avenue Los Algodones B.C
Hour: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM MST
Attendees: 4000 Souls estimated
The Day of the Dead is a time honored celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away, much like Memorial Day in the United States.
To the indigenous peoples of México, death was considered the passage to a new life and so the deceased were buried with many of their personal objects, which they would need in the hereafter. Many times even their pets were sacrificed so they would accompany their masters on their long journey.
Is a tradition for Mexican people to visit cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them.
Algodones is growing larger and stronger in popularity with American & Canadian tourists. This free festival is meant give something back to snowbirds that come to Los Algodones to shop, eat and get a new smile.
Day of the death – Altar in honor to the dead
The day of the dead takes a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.
On this festival organized by “ Consejo Turistico Medico de Los Algodones” and Jesus Gaspar who owns Simply Dental Expect to have a wonderful time watching the dancing shows, enjoy great food and learn more about this mystical holiday.
Day of the Dead Celebration – Los Algodones, México 2012
You will be surprised by all the altars, dance choreography, food and myths Mexicans create for the dead ones. It is absolutely wonderful to see the residents of Los Algodones, México celebrate Day of the Dead with such passion, vibrancy and joy.
Altar in honor to “The King” Elvis Aaron Presley
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June 29, 2013 by Paul C. McTaggart
Playa del Carmen dentists are small in numbers but their influence on Mexican dentistry is growing by leaps and bounds. Playa del Carmen has established itself as the most exotic tourist destination on Riviera Maya and now Playa del Carmen dental clinics are making the presence known as a destination for first rate dental care with Americans, Canadians and European visitors, expats and locals.
My first visit to a Playa del Carmen dental clinic was CostaDental-Playa del Carmen. Costa Dental-Playa del Carmen offers world class dental care in a hospital environment just off the main highway in & out of Playa del Carmen. I had the pleasure to spend the day with their marketing director, Susanne Hedegaard, and tour their dental facilities and meet with their staff. Susan was so proud to show off their Playa del Carmen dental offices: this location is CostaDental’s newest dental clinic and represents their third dental clinic in Riviera Maya (the other two dental clinics are located nearby on the island of Cozumel, Mexico). I was particularly impressed by their head Playa del Carmen dentist Dr. Isabel Escalante Jimenez. Dr. Isabel spoke about her many years of dental experience and her commitment to deliver the best dental care possible for their patients both local and international visitors.
My timing could not have been any better as I was able to visit Playa del Carmen’s newest dental clinic Bokanova Riviera Maya (just launched two weeks previous). This is Dr. Esteban Barragan’s second clinic: his first dental clinic (Bokanova Dental Center) is located an hours drive out of Mexico City in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Dr. Esteban Barragan’s wife & business partner operates Bokanova Riviera Maya while her husband continues to operate their clinic in Cuernavaca. Bokanova Riviera Maya is located in the uber modern Plaza Paraiso walking distance from major hotels and the Terminal Maritima Playa del Carmen (ferry terminal to/from Cozumel). Bokanova Riviera Maya is an outstanding example of how Playa del Carmen dentists are setting the bar even higher for quality dental care: modern dental equipment, highly qualified dental staff, ultra-cool interior design and an focus on delivering extra ordinary customer service.
Next on my visit to Playa del Carmen dental clinics was Coral Dental Center in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Coral Dental Center is really two separate clinics: one to treat adults and another just across the hall to children. Coral Dental Center is owned and operated by brothers Dr. Marco Laguna and Dr. Alejandro Laguna….I called them the ‘dynamic duo’. Whenever I spoke with the brothers during my visit to their clinic they were always smiling and I really like that in people I meet! Coral Dental Center is quite literally located in the heart of Playa del Carmen so any local, expat or tourist will find its location extremely convenient.
The dental environment in Playa del Carmen is just in its’ infancy with regards to offering dental treatment to American, Canadian and European patients. When I spoke with fellow travelers in Playa del Carmen they were generally surprised that I was here to meet with the dentists of Playa del Carmen. Dental care in Playa del Carmen, Mexico was just was not something they imagined when they thought about Playa del Carmen. People thought of beautiful beaches, warm water, amazing sunsets and the fun shopping & eating on the 5th street causeway. After I showed them the photos of the Playa del Carmen dental clinics, talked about my experiences here and had them check out the price savings they were absolutely amazed at what they did not know about dental care in Playa del Carmen. I highly encourage anyone who is visiting or living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico to visit a dentist while they are enjoying everything Playa del Carmen has to offer!
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June 25, 2013 by Paul C. McTaggart
Cancun dentists are working hard & long to put Cancun, Mexico on the map for affordable, high quality dental care. Cancun dental clinics are focused on delivering the highest quality care to both local and international patients from the United States and Canada. Little did I know that I would have to risk a crocodile attack to see first-hand the quality of dental care in Cancun!
The first Cancun dental clinic I had to pleasure to visit was Sunset Dental Cancun. Sunset Dental Cancun is located at the heart of the hotel zone in Cancun: a couple minutes drive from all the major hotels. I had the chance to visit this ultra modern and architecturally beautiful Cancun dental clinic for two hours and came away absolutely amazed. Sunset Dental Cancun blows away any stereotypes Americans and Canadians have of dental clinics in Mexico! The owners of Sunset Dental, Alaine & Marisela, resonate with their passion for quality dental materials, techniques and customer service for their patients. I was lucky enough to join them both for dinner and we talked into the wee hours of the night about their commitment to elevating the perception of dental care in Mexico. Alaine & Marisela see themselves as ambassadors for Mexican dentistry with every American and Canadian snowbird/tourist/expat they treat.
I headed minutes down the road in Cancun’s hotel zone to visit Dental Departure’s top clinic Ocean Dental – Cancun. I was immediately greeted by owner & head dentist Dra. Irma Gavaldon. Little did I know that Dra. Irma is a fellow Canadian like myself who went to school at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Dra. Irma trained at the University of Michigan and decided that she wanted to return back to Mexico to establish herself as a Cancun’s top dentist. Ocean Dental – Cancun is a modern dental clinic that would not be out-of-place in any of the top dental clinics in Canada. When I was there Ocean Dental was in the midst of creating a dental lab just down the road from their clinic. They have reinvested their profits & energy into elevating the quality of their dental materials and decreasing the lab-turn around time to 24 hours (for dental crowns & bridges). Dra. Irma Gavaldon personifies what the best Cancun dentists have to offer: comprehensive dental education, a passion for quality , a commit to customer service and a drive for continuous improvement.
In downtown Cancun lies our latest addition to the Dental Departures network: Inter-Dental. Inter-Dental is a world class dental facility with 8 dental chairs specializing in both adult and children’s dental care. Dr. Roberto Camarena and his wife have built a relaxing environment both inside and outside their dental clinic. As you arrive at Inter-Dental you are struck by the lush trees that surround the building and the playground that is set-up for children to work off their anxiety about visiting this Cancun dentist. When you sit in anyone of their dental chairs you are impressed by their new & modern dental equipment and the views of their garden are absolutely beautiful. I feel proud to recommend Inter-Dental to anyone I come across when they ask me who I would recommend for dental care in Cancun.
I find it absolutely fascinating that I have now visited Mexico dentists in the northern border cities, the west coast & now the east coast of Mexico and I find dentists & dental clinics committed to quality dental care. There is no one Mexico city that I’ve visited that has a monopoly on quality dental facilities or dental care. Nor is there one Mexican city which has a monopoly on poor quality dental care: there are bad dentists in Mexico just as their are bad dentists in Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto or New York.
Cancun dentists are like dentists all over Mexico that I have met with personally: Cancun dentists are committed to obliterating the low quality dental care stigma. With every new smile Cancun dentists bring to American and Canadian patients, brings another advocate to prove that Mexican dentists are just as good as dentists in Canada or the United States.
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June 20, 2013 by Paul C. McTaggart
Cabo San Lucas dentists and San Jose del Cabo dentists are teaming up to put Los Cabos dental clinics on the map for American and Canadians to get high quality dental care. Los Cabos is a stunningly beautiful part of Mexico with its expansive beaches, desert like warmth and rugged coastline: I admire Cabo San Lucas dentists work ethic and focus with such distractions about!
My first stop on my tour through Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was with the aptly named dental clinic Cabo San Lucas Dental. I met with Dr. Jorge Arciga (the owner/operator of Cabo San Lucas Dental) and he detailed the evolution of Cabo San Lucas dentists’ focus on dental care for Canadian & American tourists, snowbirds and expats over his 30 year practice. I had no idea how this sleepy little port turned into a tourist mecca over the last 30 years: the transformation is absolutely amazing. After talking with Dr. Arciga you can tell he is immensely proud of two things: his daughter (Dra. Arciga) who now practices at his clinic and the quality of dental care he provides at his clinic.
I spirited myself away on the 25 minute car drive to San Jose del Cabo, Mexio (the sister city of Cabo San Lucas). I have to admit I only thought there was one city at the southern most tip of the Baja Peninsula…Cabo San Lucas. I was ignorant to the fact that Los Cabos, Mexico constituted two distinct cities: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Visiting San Jose del Cabo dentists allowed me to contrast the two cities: Cabo San Lucas was more a collection of large hotels, resorts, villas and golf courses centered around Medano Beach vs. San Jose del Cabo which was a smaller traditional Mexico village centered around the town plaza with an abundance of small restaurants, art galleries and cafes. I visited a small, friendly San Jose del Cabo dental clinic named ProDental. ProDental is operated by a husband and wife team ( Dr. Sandra Ivonee de Alba & Dr. Carlos Francisco Reyes) and is a 5 minutes walk from the trendy art galleries and restaurants in San Jose del Cabo.
I then journeyed back to towards Cabo San Lucas and stopped almost halfway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo (at the Home Depot complex) to visit Cosmetic Smile. Dr. Guillermo Limon (the owner of Cosmetic Smile) is the head of the Los Cabos, Mexico Dental Association and has built a world-class dental clinic that could be home in any major United States or Canadian city. It becomes abundantly clear that Cabo San Lucas dentist Dr. Guillermo Limon has invested in the most advanced dental technology to deliver extra ordinary dental quality to their patients. I was particularly impressed with Cosmetic Smile’s intra-oral dental lights from MagniVu. Dr. Guillermo shows his patients real-time video of the condition of their teeth with TVs mounted conveniently on the ceiling. I’ve never seen this technology at most of the dental clinics I have visited in Canada or the United States!
Visiting Cabo San Lucas dentists was a real eye-opener for me. I first thought Cabo San Lucas was a sleepy tourist town and in fact it turns out to be two distinctly separate towns: Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo. After visiting dozens of Cabo San Lucas dentists and several San Jose del Cabo dentists: I come away feeling confident to recommend them to any of my friends, family or customers of Dental Departures.
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June 6, 2013 by Paul C. McTaggart
Puerto Vallarta dentists are establishing Puerto Vallarta as one of the premier destinations in Mexico for American and Canadians to get high quality dental care. Every dental clinic in Puerto Vallarta I visited during my one month stay was in some form of construction from complete make-overs to upgrades to their dental equipment.
One great example of the trend of dentists in Puerto Vallarta establishing their town as a world class dental destination is DentalMed. DentalMed is a brand new dental clinic on the third floor of the AmeriMed hospital in the Marina District area of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. DentalMed a world-class dental facility with 6 dental chairs and specialized facilities for dental surgeries and complete mouth make-overs. When you step into DentalMed’s ultra-modern dental facility you can still smell the wet paint…that’s how new their dental office is! Dr. Jesus Gómez Santana is the medical director and has been practicing as a dentist for more than 30 years. He came back to Puerto Vallarta after receiving his PhD in stomatology at the Central Research Institute of Stomatology in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Gómez is a quiet man who exudes such pride as he explains how his Puerto Vallarta dental clinic has evolved from a small dental office into this world-class dental facility.
I visited some amazing Puerto Vallarta dentists who really took pride in the quality of dental work they were providing American and Canadian snowbirds. Sand Dental Studio is a small dental clinic located close to Costco which offers the full range of dental treatments western patients would come to expect: root canals, fillings, crowns, dentures, veneers and dental implants. Dr. Benjamin Armenta takes great pride in his dental work and is especially proud to show off his before & after photos of past patients.
Grupo Odontologico Integral is located conveniently in the Plaza Marina mall. Dr. Leticia has been transforming smiles in Puerto Vallarta for the last 24 years and their clinic has been up and running for another 8 years. One thing that took me by surprise was that Grupo Ondontological Integral caters not to just snowbirds but also children. They have a dedicated children’s waiting area and a dedicated pediatrics treatment room outfitted with toys and inviting colors to put children at ease for their dental care.
Dr. Adrian Octavio with Dental Avant Garde has an amazing dental facility with 8 dental chairs and a dental school all set on a equestrian estate. I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Octavio at length and he took great pride in showing off his dental clinic and was especially proud of his dental school. Dr. Octavio’s dental school helps train dentists from all over Mexico on the latest dental techniques using the most modern technologies and materials available globally.
I have been to an awful lot of dental clinics on my travels…more than I ever imagined! One Puerto Vallarta dental clinic absolutely took my breath away: Odontoklinik. Walking through the doors of Odontoklinik was like stepping through the doors of an Apple retail store. Odontoklinik was ultra-modern, minimalist and beautiful: a dental clinic that was beautiful in its’ simplicity and attention to detail. Every detail of this Puerto Vallarta dental clinic was extensively though out by Dr. Juan Claudio and his wife Dra. Arlette de Alba. This dental duo graduated from one of the top dental schools in Mexico (based in Guadalajara, Mexico) and are committed to deliver premium dental care to their patients by foregoing a large dental clinic with high patient volume. They are committed to deliver extra ordinary dental care to a small number of patients in their Puerto Vallarta dental clinic.
I was struck in Puerto Vallarta by how far Canadian and American’s perceptions of dental care in Mexico are from reality. The perception of Canadian and American dental patients of dental care in Mexico is a dirty office with old dental equipment, non-English speaking staff and substandard dental care. The reality of dental care in Puerto Vallarta is exactly the opposite: clean and modern dental offices, English speaking staff, the latest dental equipment & materials and a quality of dental care that is on par as United States & Canadian dentists and in some cases even better.
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May 31, 2013 by Andrew
Braces in Mexico or abroad? How does that work?
Can you save money on braces in Mexico or abroad? Absolutely, but it will only save you money if you live nearby. Braces & orthodontic treatment usually requires between 1-2 years to complete, depending on the severity of the case. During that time, you would need to visit for monthly adjustments and check ups to the complete the treatment. If you can visit regularly, you can save thousands. The high cost of braces is not really due to materials – even the most advanced braces systems have low materials costs. The cost involved is directly due to the hourly cost of having an orthodontist make monthly adjustments, which takes time. An experienced orthodontist outside your country simply will charge less money for the same materials and expertise. If you live nearby and can visit monthly, why not save 70% on the cost of your care?
Bottom line? If it will be difficult for you to visit a dentist outside your country monthly, pursuing orthodontic care will likely not make sense financially for you – although almost any other type of dental treatment can be considered at significant cost savings (Braces are typically not able to be started by one dentist and finished by another back home).
However, for anyone within close driving distance of the Mexican border, for business travelers, airline employees, or expatriates who live or work abroad often, braces can certainly be pursued with significant cost savings. However, keep in mind that the greatest cost of braces is not associated with the initial installation, and that each orthodontist can have differing opinions on treatment strategies and materials. As such, your orthodontic treatment will need to be commenced and completed with the same orthodontist.
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May 30, 2013 by Paul C. McTaggart
Los Algodones is like no other place I have visited on the planet: within five square blocks there are 300+ Los Algodones dentists. Finding the best dentists in Los Algodones is a challenge even for someone like me who has been there 10 times over 3 years. It is pretty amazing to walk down the street and see dental clinic after dental clinic with a smattering of drug stores & optometrists in between. It is pretty normal to see 1 out of 20 people dressed in dental scrubs or uniforms on their way to/from their dental clinic.
One of the outstanding Los Algodones dentists I found amongst the 300+ dentists is Sani Dental Group. Sani Dental Group has probably the most popular and modern dental clinics in Algodones. Sani Dental Group prides itself on its 28 years of quality dental care: modern dental equipment, they operate their own lab with CAD-Cam technology and their staff are professional, fast & friendly. When you step into their two clinics: Sani Dental Group, Sani Dental Group-Platinum you would never guess that you are in Mexico. My entire family received their dental care at Sani Dental (my two daughters, my wife and me) and we were happy with the quality oral exam and cleanings.
I am not a huge shopper but another popular activity for American and Canadian snowbirds visiting Los Algodones is shopping. Shopping for Mexican souvenirs: hats, purses, belts, blankets, cigars, dolls, pottery, stained glass, ironwork, sculptures, paintings…Algodones has pretty much everything anyone would come to expect for authentic Mexico products.
One new trend that I noticed with Los Algodones dentists was the increasing number of dental clinics registered with the American Dental Association. One great example of the trend for Los Algodones dentists to be registered with the ADA is Bernal Dental Group. Bernal Dental Group proudly displays its ADA membership in the patient waiting room-a patient waiting room that could be anywhere in the United States or Canada. Bernal Dental Group’s waiting room has American pop music playing, the latest english magazines and an ultra-modern decor. The whole office is outfitted with modern dental equipment and I particularly liked the wood flooring throughout the clinic. Once you step inside Bernal Dental’s door you are offered an ice cold water, coffee or tea which sets the tone for the excellent service you will receive at their Los Algodones dental clinic.
I almost forgot the food! The street food in Los Algodones is just plain awesome: hands-down simple food made with love. Check out the photo above of my favorite taco stand – Manolo’s Tacos – a favorite of the dentists in Los Algodones (check out the dentist in the brown dental scrubs). Try the carne asada (beef) tacos with the spicy guacamole…yum, yum.
I stayed at the Hacienda Los Algodones several times when I visited Los Algodones dentists. It was right in the middle of Algodones and it was a quintesential Mexican hacienda complete with a courtyard that just begs for you to drink a nice cold cerveza. Another hotel I stayed at just 2 minutes drive north of Los Algodones (on the US side of the border) was the Quechan Casino and Resort: I was able to get a deluxe room for only $69 per night and the pool was perfect to unwind after a long day visiting Los Algodones dental clinics.
Over the past three years I have noticed Los Algodones dentists really improve the quality of their dental care & their dental facilities. It is exciting to visit all the new construction & renovation of dental clinics & dental labs in Algodones. I have no hesitation to recommend any one of my family or friends to visit any of Dental Departure’s dental clinics in Los Algodones.
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May 22, 2013 by Paul C. McTaggart
Waiting in line for hours to get back into the Unite States is crazy frustrating. I know because I’ve spent hours at the Mexico/US border waiting to get back to the United States on my quest to find the top dentists in Mexico.
Here are four tips I’ve learned over the years to avoid long Mexico border wait times:
- Ready Lane: Head over to the Ready Lane to get preferred entry for you and your vehicle. This lane lets you and your passengers who have Sentri, Global Entry, Fast (for truckers), the U.S. Passport Card; the Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL); the Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC); the new Enhanced Permanent Resident Card (PRC) or new Border Crossing Card (BCC) to jump to the front of the border lines. Here are the border crossings with Ready Lanes.
- Avoid peak hours: Avoid peak hours for the crossing to the United States. Avoid 7-10am and 4-8pm which are generally the peak wait times for Mexican residents to enter/exit the United States for work. Check the US Customs and Border Protection web site to get the latest Mexico border wait times
- Grab a Red Bus for San Ysidro: If you are entering the United States via the San Ysidro border crossing take the Red Bus run by MexiCoach to cut ahead of the lines. For only $3 the Red Bus will drop you off right at the border and you will be walked to the front of the lines for the pedestrian border entry.
- Ask for a Medical Lane pass: If you are in Tijuana or Mexicali you can ask you Mexico dentist or doctor for a Medical Lane pass. This Medical Lane pass is free to you and with a dedicated lane at the US border..you will breeze right through in no time!
Photo provided by: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia
Mexican border wait times can be a hassle after a long day in Mexico. I’ve had several times where I am completely exhausted from visiting Mexico dental clinics for 12 hours and the last thing I needed was a ridiculously long border wait time. These 4 tips have saved me the hot, draining experience of standing in line for hours at the Mexican border: I hope these tips help you avoid the same fate!
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May 16, 2013 by Paul C. McTaggart
My first trip to Mexicali was an eye opener to how little I knew about this town. First, Mexcali dentists pride themselves on the quality of their dental care and are so eager to show off their newly remodeled dental clinics and ultra-modern dental equipment.
I expected a dusty border town with small dental clinics and found a large city with prospering dental practices due to booming trade with the United States (under the NAFTA agreement). Second, with Mexicali’s close proximity to its sister city to the north (Calexico, California) I expected a bland town that you just pass through on your trip somewhere else. What I found was that Mexicali is rich in a history based on Chinese immigrants. Chinese buffets/restaurants are on every street and it isn’t surprising to meet Mexicali residents with the last name Wong, Fong, Yang or Wu. What blew me back in my chair was to be served limes and hot sauce with a traditional Chinese meal like egg drop soup or hot & sour soup!
The Mexicali dentists that I met with ranged from small two chair dental clinics like BC Dental Care Mexicali and RamLaz Dental to large 8 chair dental franchises like Continental Dental Care. Although the Mexicali clinics ranged in size, price and dental experience the one element that was consistent amongst all was their laser focus on the quality of dental care they provide. The quality started with the training and experience of their dental staff (dentists, hygienists, service staff), extended to the dental equipment used and ended with the dental labs they worked with to ensure dental quality from end-2-end.
The dentists of Mexicali were keen to establish Mexicali as a top destination for American and Canadian patients to visit for their dental care. The Mexicali dentists realize that the price savings were what attracted snowbird Canadian and American patients in the winter but they wanted to elevate the quality of dental care and support facilities to ensure the snowbirds kept coming back. Two areas that they were working to improve Mexicali’s visibility was 1) The number of modern and western-styled hotels to allow patients to rest comfortably between dental treatments like the Hotel Araiza and the Colonial Hotel 2) The medical tourism lane at the border which whisks patients within minutes through the US/Mexican border. All American and Canadians need is to ask for a Medical Lane pass from their dentist and their 30 minute wait at the border is reduced to minutes!
Image by: Jude Joffe-Block
Mexicali is really trying to make itself known as one of the top destinations for Americans and Canadians to visit a Mexico dentist. From all the conversations and observations I had on my stay in Mexicali: I can attest that Mexicali dentists are well on their way to create a long-lasting industry to deliver quality dental services to Canadian and American snowbirds.
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