We charge $460 USD per porcelain veneer while dentists back home in the U.S. sometimes ask for $1350 a tooth! How can we deliver the same quality of care at a fraction of the cost? There are many factors that go into this and we’ll break them down below.
Cost of living is cheaper in Colombia
Generally speaking, the cost of living here is a lot cheaper than back home, this directly impacts how expensive housing, food, transportation and other of life’s necessities are. When a dentist puts a price on their services, they have to take into consideration how expensive the office rent is, how much to pay the staff, how much to spend on advertising, how much the materials are, and other factors. When all of these numbers are a lot less than back home, the total cost can significantly drop.
The US dollar is stronger in Colombia
The US dollar is a lot stronger here. Your money goes a lot further than back home. You can take a cab around the city for $2 USD and have a world class, anniversary worthy meal for two for only $80. Hotels are cheaper too. Not only is dental care here less expensive, your dollar is a lot stronger here. It will get you more bang for your literal buck.
Colombian Healthcare industry is more financially efficient
Though the world’s most cutting-edge work still happens in the U.S., it’s certainly not the most cost-efficient. We don’t have to get into the horrors of the U.S. Healthcare system but know that costs aren’t as inflated as they are back home. In Colombia, you get more for your money.
Many Colombian cosmetic dentists use the same manufacturers as dentists back home
Dental care is a lot cheaper in Colombia but it doesn’t mean the quality is cheap. In fact, we use the same manufacturers as dentists back home. We use top American and European companies like BioHorizons, Microdent, and Zimmer. They’re industry leaders and we’re proud to use them.
No drop in quality of care, Dr. Julio Oliver is a porcelain veneers expert
Dr. Julio Oliver has been practicing dentistry for 18+ years. His passion is helping people improve their smiles, oral care, and overall confidence level. He’s known as one of the highest skilled dental cosmetic professionals around. You’ll really enjoy his work. He holds multiple degrees, which are as follows:
Implantology (Universidad Veracruzana of México)
Endodoncia (University of Cartagena)
Oral Rehabilitation and Clinical Biochemistry, Masters (University of Cartagena)
It’s worth flying over to Colombia and staying in hotels
Even when you factor in the flight and hotel, it still makes financial sense to get your dental work done in Colombia. Here in Cartagena, quality hotels start at $40 a night and round-trip flights start at $300.
If you’re getting a lot of work done, the cost savings are very attractive. If you’re getting extensive dental work, you could save tens of thousands of dollars on quality veneers. That’s right, not thousands but tens of thousands. It’s ridiculous what they charge for in the U.S., simply because insurance companies can. You could literally save $15k when getting a whole new mouth. That’s a good chunk of change!
There’s a bonus vacation to beautiful Colombia included
One of the most overlooked benefits of getting your porcelain veneers abroad is the factor that it comes with its very own built-in vacation! Cartagena is a beautiful Caribbean paradise, filled with wonderful beaches, great dining, historic sites to visit, and a vibrant culture. It’s a wonderful getaway while you get your world class dental care at a fraction of the price.
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.
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.
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 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.