If you haven’t noticed, cosmetic dentistry costs a lot of money in the United States. It’s rather jarring at first to be honest. It’s understandable that you’re exploring your options and considering going abroad for your work. Good for you! Out of the many destinations, here are 4 reasons why Cartagena, Colombia should be on your shortlist.
1. 70% off U.S. prices for cosmetic dentistry
First and foremost, we’re here cause money is a factor. If it wasn’t, you’d happily go to your overpriced local dentist. You’ll be happy to know that in Cartagena (especially with us), dental prices are 70% off of what you’re used to be home. That’s a third of the price!
Even with the flight and hotel, the savings is well worth it. If you’re getting extensive dental work, you could save tens of thousands of dollars. That’s right, not thousands but tens of thousands. It’s ridiculously what they charge for in the U.S., simply because insurance companies can.
Why is cosmetic dental work so affordable in Cartagena, Colombia?
There are many factors that go into this but know that:
The cost of living here is significantly cheaper. This directly impacts salaries, rent, services, etc.
The US Dollar is strong here. Your hard earned money goes a lot further in Colombia than it does back home. While you’re here, you could dine at the fanciest restaurants and it’ll hit your wallet like The Olive Garden would.
Greedy insurance companies don’t artificially inflate prices here like they do back home. This is a sad reality of the current U.S. Healthcare industry. But don’t worry, you’re outsmarting the system by coming to Cartagena, Colombia.
2. World-class cosmetic dentistry is done in Cartagena, Colombia every day
Colombia as a country has invested a lot of resources into its medical professional fields. The Colombian healthcare standard ranks high internationally. That aside, the government actively promotes medical tourism as well. It’s really to the benefit of everyone from the Colombian state, the local medicine and tourism professionals, and the clients.
With us at Dental Tourism Colombia, you’re in fantastic hands with Dr. Julio Oliver.
He has been practicing for 18+ years with a great reputation in Cartagena. He’s known as one of the highest skilled dental cosmetic professionals around. You’ll love his work.
His specialty is implant procedures and holds multiple degrees, including:
Implantology (Universidad Veracruzana of México)
Endodoncia (University of Cartagena)
Oral Rehabilitation and Clinical Biochemistry, Masters (University of Cartagena)
Same cosmetic dental manufacturers as dentists back home
So you feel good that a true professional is working on your teeth, that’s a relief, but what about the materials? With us, one of the best parts of this all is that we use the same manufacturers and materials as the top American and European dentists, like the ones you’re used to. These companies are BioHorizons, Microdent, and Zimmer and they’re industry leaders. We’re proud to use them. In the end, it is what you would expect when receiving quality dental work abroad.
3. Cartagena, Colombia is a short flight away for cosmetic dentistry
Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia and is very accessible from North America. There’s a popular, direct, 2-hour flight from Miami that flies out multiple times a day. Cartagena even shares a time zone with the east coast so your body won’t have to adjust to any significant time zone differences. This makes coming to Cartagena easier than other options like Thailand or South Korea. Shorter flights also mean cheaper flights.
4. Cartagena, Colombia is a fantastic cosmetic dental vacation
There are a number of things to do while you’re here in Cartagena, Colombia. These include:
Hit the beaches
The beaches are some of the world’s best, almost out of a movie. The closest beach options are at Bocagrande, a mini Miami just a few kilometers southwest of the city center. A better choice, however, is Playa Blanca or Isla Barú, and while both are well-frequented tourist attractions, they offer crystalline waters and white sand.
Walk the old colorful colonial neighborhood
As one of the first colonial cities in the Americas, Cartagena has a rich history. The old colonial neighborhood called the “Cuidad Vieja” has narrow streets with vibrantly colored walls and an artistic soul. From paintings to jewelry, there are many local artists selling their work.
Step through La Puerta Del Reloj, a clock tower passageway through Las Murallas, the 400-year stone walls that surround the city, and you arrive at Cartagena’s historic heart, the Old Town. The narrow and winding streets, with their bougainvillea-strewn, pastel-painted balconies, create a glorious sense of suspended time.
Visit the historic sites
Cartagena is home to many historic sites worthy of visiting. Here are some of our favorites.
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
The Castillo is the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. It’s truly impressive. It still dominates an entire section of Cartagena's cityscape today, and should definitely be your first choice of fortresses to visit.
Convento de la Popa
On a 150m-high hill, the highest point in Cartagena stands this convent. A beautiful image of La Virgen de la Candelaria, the patroness of the city, is in the convent's chapel, and there's a charming flower-filled patio.
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo is reputedly the oldest church in the city. It was originally built in 1539 in Plaza de los Coches, but the original building succumbed to fire and was rebuilt in its present location in 1552.