Going to the dentist in Mexico

by Renee on July 6, 2014

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Introducing Scout…with braces!

Yesterday Scout got braces. Her teeth weren’t bad to begin with, just a few small gaps, but because quality dentistry is so inexpensive here in Mexico, we decided to go for it and give her a perfect smile.

This was our second time going to the dentist in Mexico. (We all had some work done in Morelia.) Both experiences were great, and it’s easy to see why the Mexican dental-tourism business is booming

Our dentist in Zihuatanejo

The orthodontist—our neighbor here in Zihuatanejo—does great work. Dr. Aurioles gets excellent reviews from expat clients who live here, and as an added bonus, speaks fluent English. Even though our Spanish is coming along, particularly Scout’s, speaking in English makes things easier and less stressful for me, since I don’t miss treatment details. The dental office is clean and modern.

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What does it cost to get braces in Mexico?

Buying the braces and having them put on cost us 2000 pesos. That’s about 150 bucks. Then Scout will need a few follow-up visits, which will cost 500 pesos each. The dentist estimates that the whole procedure—braces, follow-ups, and eventual retainer—will cost less than $500. A highly scientific survey of my facebook friends revealed that that braces in the US or Canada cost between $4,000 and $5,000(!), so I’m stoked that getting braces in Mexico is costing us about a tenth of that.

Our dentist in Morelia

We had a great experience going to the dentist in Morelia too. There I had a three old fillings replaced and Mark got porcelain crowns (or caps) for his top front teeth, which had some chips and cracks.

Morelia is a university town with with lots of medical, dental, and veterinary schools, and all kinds of medical professionals. There are tons of doctors, optometrists, veterinarians, and dentists to choose from. The one we eventually picked, Dr. Bucio, was recommended to us by several Americans who fly down to Morelia just to have him do their teeth. He wasn’t the cheapest dentist, but his prices were very reasonable and the quality of work was outstanding.

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What does it cost to get fillings and crowns in Mexico?

Today Mark’s smile looks great. Together his four crowns ended up costing about $800, and they look completely natural. My porcelain fillings were about $80 each, and they too look perfect. Looking at my teeth, you’d never suspect I have fillings.

So this is our experience with dentistry in Mexico. If you’re in Mexico (or even if you’re north of the border) and need dental work done, I highly recommend it. The toughest part is selecting a dentist (quality varies), so be sure to do your research and get recommendations ahead of time. I’ve included names and contact information for our dentists below.

And now I’m off to make some soft food for Scout!

Dental Resources

Dentistry & Orthodontics in Zihuatanejo

Dr. Arturo Aurioles (dental surgeon and orthodontist)
Zihuatanejo Centro, near the Red Cross, Guerrero
Tel 755 55 88 535
Speaks fluent English
Highly recommended!

Dentistry & orthodontics in Morelia

Dr. R. Armando Bucio R. (dental surgeon)
Revolución #527
Morelia, Michoacán
Tel 443 31 29 451
Cell 4432 01376
Highly recommended!
Doesn’t speak much English, but he’s friendly and communicates with a sense of humor.
Also has an advanced degree in hypnosis. Note: This is for helping anxious patients with anxiety. Don’t worry, Dr. B uses modern pain medications. :-)

Dentistry in Lake Chapala & Ajijic

We didn’t go to the dentist while we were in Ajijic/Lake Chapala, but there are tons of English-speaking dentists in the area. Here’s a recommendation from good friends who live there

Dr. Benjamin Lara
Integrity Dental Health
Libramiento Chapala-Ajijic #132
376-766-4435
The medical doctors at this practice are also excellent, with lots of good reviews from local expats.

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1 Travel With Kevin and Ruth July 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

We’ve been happy with the dental work we’ve received in Mexico as well. A cleaning, done by the dentist herself cost us 200 pesos ($16.00) and I (Kevin) had bridge work done in Chetumal that cost about 6,000 pesos ($480) when Canadian dentists wanted $3,000.

I don’t know when our society (Canadian and American) began putting dentists on a financial pedestal, but I’m not going to take part in their game. Crooks!
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2 Renee July 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Yes, I don’t remember what we paid in Vancouver for fillings but it was a stack…hundreds of dollars. And $5k for braces? Jeesh. How’d your dentist do the cleaning? Did she use the infra-red thingy? I had a some sort of scraping done but no polishing, so I may go back for that.

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3 Stefan July 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

What a great story!! I’m bringing my kids to Mexico for braces!!

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4 Renee July 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Yes! A braces holiday…come to Mexico and get the kids wired up while you and you and your wife drink cervezas at the beach. The savings would pay for the trip and then some. I think you need to pay us a visit. :-)

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5 David Green July 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hi Renee,
Thank you for your post; I enjoyed. I think your pricing for braces in the US is either spot on or slightly low. Great to hear the pricing is so low and the service is so good in Mexico. I suspect most people in the US would find this hard to believe because of their uninformed predjudices.

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6 Mark August 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

With the 08 recession, I’m surprised more people haven’t overcome their fears and made their way to Mexico for very affordable healthcare and dental care. The money you save would more than pay for the trip.

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7 Linda fox July 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Im so glad you aré happy with Arturo-he’s such a nice person andhisprices are so cheap!!

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8 Renee July 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

Linda, he’s great! I should get all my teeth replaced or something, just to use him. :-)

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9 Brian July 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Braces in Calgary, $8000
Nuffield said

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10 Renee July 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

$8,000?!?!? Good god, Brian! No bueno…

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11 Mary July 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Man, wish I waited then! Our sons in Hawaii cost $2,000 to put on and we pay $160 a month for a grand total of $6000 when all is said and done. Luckily we’ll be transferring to Mexico where I also hope to get my middle son braced up!

Great info, thanks!
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12 Renee July 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

Ugh, that’s all I have to say! At least #2 will be cheaper. :-)

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13 Irene July 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

I broke a tooth just before leaving for our home in Barra de Navidad. It cost 400 dollars to have it pulled here in Ontario Canada. I went to our dentist in Melaque and end result – 12 caps, 2 veneers & a bridge 2000 dollars! Would have been 10x that here NOB. Plus the bonus..I have straight front teeth!!!! Something braces didn’t fix. My husband had 4 fillings and a cleaning for 150 dollars. We both highly recommend dental care in Mexico

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14 Renee July 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

Irene, amazing the difference, isn’t it? I’m glad you were able to get almost everything done here. Viva Mexico!

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15 sandra July 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Hi Irene

What dentist did you see in Melaque. My son needs a crown.

Thanks!

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