Getting Cosmetic Dental Work In Cartagena, Colombia At A Third Of The Cost

If you’re like many who research dental tourism, you’ve probably at one point been unpleasantly surprised by the cost of quality dental care back home and you’re looking for alternatives. You’ve heard from people you know that it’s becoming increasingly more popular to travel abroad to find the expert cosmetic dentistry you need at a price you can afford. Through research or by word of mouth, you’ve come to learn that Colombia has invested a lot into medical and dental tourism. The care you receive here is the same, if not better, than what you’re used to back home - and all for roughly a third of the cost.

Basima Before After Porcelain Veneers - Dental Tourism Colombia (Dr. Julio Oliver, Cartagena)

Why is cosmetic dental work so affordable in Cartagena, Colombia?

There are many factors that go into this but know that:

  1. The cost of living here is cheaper. This directly impacts salaries, rent, how much to charge for work, etc.

  2. The US Dollar is strong here. Your money goes a lot further in Colombia than it does back home.

  3. Greedy insurance companies don’t artificially inflate prices here like they do back home. It’s sad but it’s true.

Cheaper price doesn’t mean a cheaper quality of cosmetic dental care

You’re in highly professional hands. Dr. Julio Oliver has been practicing for 18+ years with a great reputation in the city of Cartagena. He’s known as one of the best. 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)

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Same cosmetic dental manufacturers as dentists back home

One of the best parts of this all is that we use the same manufacturers and materials as the top American and European dentists. These companies are BioHorizons, Microdent, and Zimmer and they’re leading the industry. We proudly use them. After all, it’s what you’d expect when receiving quality dental care.

It’s an easy flight to Cartagena, Colombia for dental work

Cartagena is a beautiful Caribbean getaway. You get to explore one the of oldest, most beautiful cities in all the Americas. With a rich history, vibrant Caribbean culture, Cartagena is a traveler’s delight. The “old city” is something out of a novel. With narrow streets (small enough to fit only one lane of traffic), colorfully painted buildings, street vendors, and amazing restaurants, it’s a real gem.

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.

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Beatrice Before After 1 - Dental Tourism Colombia (Dr. Julio Oliver, Cartagena)

We offer a free concierge service for international patients

We understand that flying to another country isn’t ideal but it’s worth it, and we’ll do what we can to make it as easy on you as possible. Our free concierge service will help you in the following ways.

Airport Pickup: We’ll greet you upon your arrival at Rafael Núñez International Airport holding a poster board with your name on it.

Hotel Check-In: We’ll then take you to your hotel and help you settle in. We can even recommend hotels that are close by to the office and are highly rated on booking.com.

First Appointment Transportation: After you check into your hotel, 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. We mean it!

No deposits, no cancellation fees, simply share your flight info to confirm your dental appointment

Instead of asking for money upfront or imposing cancellations fees, we simply ask that you share your flight information with us.

This serves two purposes:

  1. Shows us you’re serious about attending your appointment; you’re flying abroad after all.

  2. Helps us coordinate airport pickup, hotel check-in, first appointment transportation, and the rest of the complimentary concierge service.

Why wait for affordable cosmetic dental work?

Now is the time! We don’t like to exaggerate but this could be life-changing. We’ve had many patients come who have suffered for years because they couldn’t afford the care they need. We’ve had countless individuals tell us with beaming smiles that they’re happy to pose for photos again. There are few things that can drastically change your life for the better like having great teeth once again. And at a third of the cost, it’s certainly worth seriously investigating.


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Getting Dental Implants In Cartagena, Colombia

Getting Dental Implants In Cartagena, Colombia

Save thousands by getting your dental implants done in Colombia

You’ve come to the realization that dental implants are outrageously expensive back home. You could have been quoted anywhere between $3,800-$4,200 for a single dental implant procedure. No wonder you’re exploring getting them done abroad. Good for you for explore other credible options.

You can get dental implants in Colombia for $1,385 USD. This procedure price includes the titanium implant, abutment, and porcelain crown. Below are other dental implant prices in Colombia.

Getting Composite or Porcelain Veneers In Cartagena, Colombia

Getting Composite or Porcelain Veneers In Cartagena, Colombia

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?

Why You Should Come To Dental Tourism Colombia In Cartagena For Your Cosmetic Work (Dr. Julio Oliver)

There are usually one or two reasons to participate in dental tourism. First and foremost, it’s about the price, followed by the bonus vacation. You’ve heard from friends that getting work abroad is the way to go and you’re finally seriously considering it. Good for you. You’re beating the system. You’re a savvy shopper. Getting work done in the United States is too expensive, but we don’t have to get into how inefficient the US healthcare industry is. There are, however, 5 great reasons why you should come to us in Cartagena, Colombia for dental work over all other options.

Beatrice Before After 1 - Dental Tourism Colombia (Dr. Julio Oliver, Cartagena)

Save 70% off premier cosmetic dental work in Cartagena, Colombia

Importantly, we’re typically 70% cheaper than places back home in the U.S. The dollar is stronger here, rent is cheaper, salaries are cheaper, the overall cost of living is cheaper, and the healthcare industry is more financially efficient than in the states. Even with the flight, hotel, and other expenses, taking a short flight to Cartagena, Colombia for your dental care can save you 50% on the final bill. You can stay at a wonderful hotel, that’s highly rated on Booking.com, for just $40 a night. You can have a wonderful, sit-down dinner for just $5.

For extensive work like a full mouth of veneers or multiple dental implants, the cost savings alone could reach the tens of thousands. It’s kinda crazy to think about but do the math. These savings really start to add up. What could you do with an extra $10k?

We use the same cosmetic dentistry materials as dentists back home

One concern people have when looking to getting dental work abroad is the quality of materials. How will I know that the implant that you use is actually made of 100% titanium? You can find some really cheap implants in places like China or India but the quality is just that, cheap. You’ll end up paying for it in the long run with all the extra care you’ll have to put into your mouth. You know the saying, you get what you pay for.

Rest easy knowing that we use the exact same manufacturers as dentists back home. We proudly use top American and European manufacturers BioHorizons, Mircodent, and Zimmer. Your teeth deserve the best and the best is what you shall have. It’s the same materials but 70% off the price.

Dr. Julio Oliver specializes in cosmetic dentistry

Okay fine, the materials are top quality but what about the dentist? Does he know what he’s doing? The answer is a resounding yes. He’s been practicing for 18+ years, with a specialty in implants and other cosmetic procedures. Not only do you not have to worry about inferior materials, you don’t have to worry about lack of expertise. Dr. Julio Oliver is a seasoned professional who speaks both Spanish and English. He got multiple dental degrees. They are as following: Implantology (Universidad Veracruzana of México), Endodoncia (University of Cartagena), and Oral Rehabilitation and Clinical Biochemistry, Masters (University of Cartagena).

It’s a short flight to Cartagena, Colombia

Sometimes you hear of people who travel all the way to Thailand for a medical procedure. Why travel so far? Why endure the long, expensive flight and subsequent jet lag? Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia and is very accessible. There’s a direct, 2-hour flight from Miami that flies out multiple times a day. Cartagena shares a time zone with the east coast so your body won’t have to adjust to any time zone differences. This makes coming to Cartagena easier than other options. Shorter flights also mean cheaper flights.

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Cartagena, Colombia is a beautiful getaway

You get to explore on the of oldest, most beautiful cities in all the Americas. With a rich history, vibrant Caribbean culture, Cartagena is a traveler’s delight. There’s the old neighborhood, beautiful beaches, historic sights, exquisite restaurants, and exciting nightlife. Cartagena is a cosmopolitan city with travelers from all around the globe. When you visit, you’ll be surprised at the number of languages you hear in the city square. When you’re not in the dentist’s office, you could be eating freshly picked mangos on a pristine beach.

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Dental Tourism: 4 Things To Do In Cartagena, Colombia While You’re Here

There’s are many reasons why The Economist named Colombia the #1 country of 2016 and Lonely Planet the #2 country to visit in 2017. One of the main being it’s a Caribbean gem of a city, Cartagena. As Lonely Planet put it “Cartagena is the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, a fairy-tale city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena's old town is a Unesco World Heritage site – a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas.” Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

So you’ve either decided to come to Cartagena for quality dental work at a lower cost or are thinking about it. Either way, good for you. Saving 70% on dental care is big deal. Dental Tourism, as we know, is a two part word. Let’s talk about the latter. You won’t be spending the whole time in a dentist’s office now, will you? There are loads of things to do in Cartagena, Colombia when you’re not being treated. Here are just a few ways you can take advantage of this incredible city.

1. Hit the Cartagena, Colombia beaches

Seems like a no-brainer right? The beaches are some of the world’s best, almost out of a movie. It’s the kinda place you can pay a young man $0.10 to cut open a coconut with his machete and stick a colorful straw into it, all with a smile on his face. It’s a place where fresh mango is available at every corner and the fish you had for lunch was caught that morning.

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.

Cartagena Beach - Dental Tourism Colombia (Dr Julio Oliver)

2. 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. Grab a cooling agua de coco (coconut water) from any one of a hundred strolling vendors if the heat gets too much, and simply walk the shaded narrow streets.

3. Visit the historic Colombian sites in Cartagena

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. The original fort was commissioned in 1630 and was quite small. Construction began in 1657 on top of the 40m-high San Lázaro hill. In 1762 an extensive enlargement was undertaken, which resulted in the entire hill being covered over with this powerful bastion.

It was truly impregnable and was never taken, despite numerous attempts to storm it. A complex system of tunnels connected strategic points of the fortress to distribute provisions and to facilitate evacuation. The tunnels were constructed in such a way that any noise reverberated all the way along them, making it possible to hear the slightest sound of the approaching enemy's feet, and also making it easy for internal communication. Neat huh?

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. There is also a chilling statue of a speared Padre Alonso García de Paredes, a priest who was murdered along with five Spanish soldiers for trying to spread the good word. The views from here are outstanding and stretch all over the city.

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. Builders gave it a particularly wide central nave and covered it with a heavy roof, but it seems they were not too good at their calculations as the vault began to crack afterward.

Volcán de Lodo El Totumo

While just 50km northeast of Cartagena, this amusing site is a world away from the colonial city's cleanliness. A myth says that this 15m-high conical vent once erupted fire prior to it being quenched with holy water from a priest who feared it was the work of the devil. Visitors now climb some rather steep steps to the summit before plummeting into a crater bubbling with warm mud. With the consistency of thick cream, it supports prone human bodies almost atop its surface, while people who stand upright sink to just below chest level. It is a rather surreal experience, and locals are on hand to provide massages (bring small bills to tip for this). It’s a pretty wild experience.

Dental Tourism Colombia Cartagena Beach

4. Practice your Spanish in Cartagena, Colombia

Did you talk Spanish in high school or college? It’s time to brush up on your skills amigo! You’ll be happy to know that Colombians are known to speak the “slowest” Spanish. As in we don’t speak a mile a minute like some of our South American neighbors. It’s just the way our culture is. It makes comprehension so much easier. Waiters and street vendors will gladly help you with your Spanish.

What will you do in Cartagena, Colombia?

With loads to do, how will you spend your time? You should not only take advantage of the incredible dental care savings you will be receiving thanks to you dental tourism but you should also be taking advantage of the incredible city that you’ll visit. Cartagena, Colombia is a magical place. Find out what the fuss is all about first hand.


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5 Reasons Why Cartagena, Colombia Should Be On Your Cosmetic Dental Tourism Shortlist

Congratulations, you’re considering dental tourism as a way to get your dental care done at a much lower cost than you would have otherwise back at home. You’re well on your way to saving quite a bit of cash. With your research, you know by now that there is no real drop in the quality of care you’ll receive abroad and that the U.S. simply has grossly inflated prices. Which comes as no surprise, healthcare in the U.S. is expensive after all. You’re gonna beat the system.

Every year, thousands of Americans travel to other countries to get their medical procedures done. With many destinations to pick from, where do you go?

Here are the reasons why Cartagena, Colombia should be on your dental tourism shortlist.

Cartagena Beach - Dental Tourism Colombia (Dr Julio Oliver)

1. You can save 70% on your cosmetic dental care in Colombia

Let’s not beat around the bush. You’ve done your research on dental tourism because you want to save money on dental implants, porcelain veneers, titanium crowns, or a host of other cosmetic dental procedures. Good for you for shopping around. Did you know however that you can save 70% or more on your dental care by working with Dental Tourism Colombia and coming to Cartagena?

Especially for expensive procedures like All on Four Dental Implants, the money you can save would be enough for a family vacation. It’s crazy to think but do the math. We’re talking about potentially saving $15,000. What could you do with that extra money lying around? Why throw it away by putting it into an inefficient system like U.S. healthcare? It’s your hard earned money after all.

2. It’s a short flight to Cartagena, Colombia

Who wants to travel across the globe to get cheaper, quality dental care when you don’t have to? Unless you’re flying first class, air travel isn’t that glamorous these days. Good news though, Cartagena is located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia which is not far at all from the United States. For example, it’s a short 5-hour flight from NYC. There are direct flights from Miami. That’s it. We’re not talking about flying 17 hours to Thailand to get your dental implants, we’re talking about the same amount of time it would take to drive from NYC to Boston or to fly from NYC to LA. It’s an afternoon instead of an uncomfortable overnight affair. Why spend more time in a cramped air seat then you have to?

3. Not jet lag when you're in Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia and the east coast of the U.S. share the same time zone which means your body won’t have to adjust to any jet lag. If you go to Greece or Hungary, you’ll spend more time adjusting to the new time zone than experiencing the new country you’ll be in. Isn’t that kinda tragic? By going to Cartagena, you avoid that problem entirely. Don’t forget about the trip back! No jet lag means you won’t have to adjust yourself once again after you come back home. In a way, that’s a two for one deal.

4. Cartagena, Colombia is hot right now

No, we don’t mean in the Caribbean, heat sense of the way but yes that kinda hot as well. What we really mean is Colombia, as a country, is hot right now. Everyone loves a comeback story and Colombia for the past two decades has been delivering a great one. Not only did The Economist name Colombia the #1 country of 2016, Lonely Planet has named Colombia as the #2 country to visit in 2017. Those are some pretty serious endorsements but find out what all the fuss is about yourself. You’ll feel it in the air, it’s positivity and optimism. It’s infectious.

5. Cartagena, Colombia is a magical place

There is nothing quite like Cartagena. It’s a modern city with an old colonial neighborhood center. It feels like time travel in a way when you walk along the border between the two areas. The old colonial neighborhood called the “Cuidad Vieja” has narrow streets with vibrantly colored walls and an artistic soul. The people are warm and the smell of the ocean is ever-present. It’s refreshing.

The beaches are some of the world’s best. It’s the kinda place you can pay a young man $0.10 to cut open a coconut with his machete and stick a colorful straw into it, all with a smile on his face. It’s a place where fresh mango is available at every corner and the fish you had for lunch was caught that morning. It’s a Caribbean paradise. Taking a walk along the old city’s walls during sunset is an absolute must as well. The walls are filled with fossilized coral which helps echo the whole time travel sentiment. It’s beautiful.

As one of the first colonial cities in the Americas, Cartagena has a rich history of epic, underdog battles which you can learn all about while visiting the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Dominating approaches to the city by land or sea, the landmark fortress was built by the Spanish during the colonial era.

Cartagena, Colombia is the place to go for dental tourism

Why go through all the trouble of flying across the globe, dealing with jet lag, and missing out on the opportunity to experience a new city when you can take a short flight to Colombia and avoid all that trouble? It’s a 5-hour flight, there are no drastic time zone differences, and you get to really experience the city with your eyes open. As a country, Colombia is on a hot streak right now and it’s Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena is one of its more magical offerings. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of.

And if you only needed one reason, you save 70% or more on your dental care. The savings alone make this trip worth it. You’re simply taking advantage of an inefficiency in the market. Don’t settle for paying inflated U.S. prices when you can get the exact same care in Colombia at 70% off - all with the added bonus of a Caribbean vacation.


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