Save thousands of dollars by getting porcelain veneers in Cartagena
Let’s face it, composite and porcelain veneers are expensive in the U.S. The price tag is outrageous. They’re typically $1,000-$1,500 a tooth back home. You can get quality porcelain veneers in Cartagena, Colombia for as low as $490 USD each. No wonder you’re exploring getting them done abroad.
After all, you’ve seen with your own eyes and heard from friends who have come back with perfect smiles, that it’s a fraction of the cost and the quality is outstanding. Before planning out your trip down, you should do a little research on the type of veneer you’d like. Here’s a little breakdown between the two classes of veneers. The question is, which type of veneer is best for you?
$490 USD per tooth
Also known as indirect or ceramic
2-5 day procedure in lab
Lasts 20 years
Minimal tooth sanding (0.3 mm)
Won't chip or stain
$250 USD per tooth
Also known as direct, resin, or 80 porcelain/20 composite
2 day procedure in office
Lasts 7 years
Frequent maintenance required, done by any dentist
No tooth shaving
Will chip and stain
These prices include both the temporary veneers and permanent ones. When shopping around for prices, make sure the price includes both. Some places will distort the price by only promoting the permanent price.
Back up, what exactly are dental veneers?
Simply put, veneers are thin covers/wafers of various materials like porcelain or composite. Similar to a fake nail someone would get at the spa, a veneer goes over a tooth to enhance its appearance. Each veneer is custom made to fit your tooth to achieve that Hollywood smile. With proper care, composite veneers should last 8 years and porcelain veneers should last 20.
How does the veneer dental procedure work?
Typically patients receive 20 veneers (10 on top, 10 on bottom), often 16 is enough (8 and 8). Sometimes patients get just one row done with some laser teeth whitening ($295) on the other so both sets match.
All you have to do is upload a few photos of your smile from a few different angles and we’ll tell you in less than 1 business day.
First, Dr. Julio Oliver will sit you down and examine your teeth. Veneers can be placed on most teeth but not all. Your teeth need to be somewhat straight with a normal overbite. Your teeth don’t have to be perfect (if they were, you wouldn’t need veneers) and moderate gaps are fine. If your teeth are too crooked or an overbite too severe, you’ll need to get braces or Invisalign before you can get veneers done.
Next, your teeth a shaven down lightly by a few millimeters, nothing as drastic as getting a crown or bridge. We’ll then take impressions of your teeth and build temporary veneers based off of these measurements.
These temporary veneers serve two purposes:
These impressions and temporary veneers will serve as an example of how you’ll look with permanent veneers. You’ll be able to work with Dr. Gonzales to match the size, shape, and shade of veneer. Once you’re happy, your permanent veneers will be sent to the lab to be created based off of these measurements.
Your permanent veneers take a few days to build. These temporary veneers will be kept in your mouth so you don’t have to walk around with slightly shaved down teeth.
Dr. Julio Oliver is a dental veneers expert
You’re in good hands, Dr. Julio Oliver has been practicing cosmetic dentistry for 18+ years and has multiple specialized degrees including:
Implantology (Universidad Veracruzana of México)
Endodoncia (University of Cartagena)
Oral Rehabilitation and Clinical Biochemistry, Masters (University of Cartagena)
We offer a free concierge service to make things easy for international patients
Airport Pickup: We’ll meet you in arrivals at Rafael Núñez International Airport holding a postcard with your name on it.
Hotel Check-In: We’ll then take you to your hotel and help you settle in.
First Appointment Transportation: After you check into your hotel and/or get your scans done, we'll take you to your first appointment.
Local Contact: We'll be your local point of contact should you need anything. From a restaurant recommendation to an emergency like a lost passport, don’t hesitate to reach out.