Most Frequently Asked Questions
Are Mexican Dentists as gentle as American Dentists?
Absolutely. Dental phobia often causes people to "chicken-out". An estimated one half of the population of the U.S. forego regular check - ups, and only see a dentist when a tooth aches. An estimated 9-15% of all Americans avoid needed care because of anxiety and fear. This translates to some 30 - 40 million people afraid to go to a dentist in the U.S. In Algodones dentistry is pain free even "the needle." No one on our post appointment e-evaluation form has ever complained to MexAdvantage about pain during a procedure.
The easy answer is: dental rates are lower - much lower. Medical and/or Dental procedures in Algodones are 70% less, and most 75% less than like procedures in the U.S and Canada.
But isn't that true all over Mexico?
Yes it is, but what makes Algodones special; is the "easy in" & easy out" factor. Algodones evolved all by itself into, what might be, the world's most patient friendly dental destination. On the U.S. side The Quechan Indian Nation bumps up against the Mexican border. You drive on Indian land for two miles to reach Algodones. On the Mexican side you have a town growing out of its britches because of a phenomenal demand for first-rate dental services at reasonable prices. Where once, not too many years ago, there was one dentist in the five downtown blocks of Algodones there are now over 350. The Quechan Nation saw a good thing, and built a humongous parking lot to accommodate the flood of cars to the border. The parking lot ($3. per car,) is paved, well lit, and secure. You can safely walk to any dentist in minutes from the parking lot, The Quechan Indians have now completed a second parking lot to accommodate the thousands who enter Algodones daily. Even from the new lot it is possible to walk to the furthest dental/medico office in ten minutes. Overnight parking is $20.
Are Mexican dentists well trained?
Mexico takes pride in its Dental Colleges; all dentists represented on this site meet high standards in professionalism and academic training, plus continuing education (which is often in the United States,). autoclave sterilization and sanitation procedures that meet western standards
Do Mexican dentists have up to date equipment?
Yes, just like the U.S.
Do you speak English?
Usually someone in the office speaks English quite well - language is not a problem.
Why are they cheaper?
Dental offices are usually less elaborate than U.S counterparts. Office space and waiting rooms are much smaller. Office help and dental assistants are much less expensive. Dentists pay no malpractice insurance. Economic expectations are less.
Can I pay the dentist with a check?
We prefer cash or travelers checks at least until they know you well. If you will be making multiple visits dealing with dental prosthetics, generally 50% of the estimated total cost is required at the end of the first visit.
Can I use my credit card?
How long does it take to drive to Los Algodones from Yuma?
Is it easy to drive into Los Algodones?
Is it easy to drive out of Los Algodones?
Not always-sometimes (frequently) a long line of border crossing traffic builds up when crossing time is lengthy in the neighboring town of San Luis.
Does my American/Canadian car insurance protect me in Mexico?
No. You need insurance purchased from a Mexican company.
I have a great fear of dentists. Can I be put to sleep?
Yes. But Mexican law requires that an anesthesiologist (M.D.) do it and that is an added cost to your dental procedure. Of course it is an added cost in the United States too. Some dentists recommend taking 10 mg of Xanax or Vallium 30 minutes prior to the procedure, to take away anxiety.
Is there danger in going to Los Algodones? Mexico?
No. Dental patients are the economic "bread and butter" of town. Los Algodones is one of the most tourist-protected places in Mexico. The regular police plus "tourist police," watch over you.
What is tooth whitening?
Its actually a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth.
What causes tooth discolouration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (i.e. coffee, tea, colas, tobacco), trauma, staining, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. We can determine viable candidates for the process through a thorough oral examination and diagnosis. Tooth whitening is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile.
Why is the tooth whitening process unique?
New breakthrough technology allows you to whiten your teeth comfortably and effectively, in only two 30 minute applications per day. For example, you can whiten while driving to work or watching your favorite TV show.
How does it work?
The tooth whitening gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel, hydrogen peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin and bleaches the coloured substances. Only the tooth colour is made lighter, while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.
Is the process safe?
YES! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums. In fact, many dentists consider this whitening process the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.
How long does it take?
Results are often seen after the first application. Ideal results generally occur when the process is continued for 10 to 14 days. And faster results may be obtained with more frequent application and/or longer wear periods (i.e. over 1 hour per day).
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms usually disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
How long do the results last?
The teeth will always be lighter than they were. However, some patients may need periodic re-whitening for one or two days every one to two years, especially if they continue to use staining substances like caffeine or tobacco products.