Dental tourism became a trend a few years ago due to the high cost of cosmetic dentistry here in the United States. For example, plenty of folks were rushing over to Mexico to have work down on their teeth for a fraction of the cost – and to many, the savings was well worth all the hassle.
A few years later, dental tourism is not generating the same kind of buzz it once did. Why is that? Honestly, we have no idea, but we can sure speculate. The Pros feel it’s due to all the “hassle” one needs to go through to save a few bucks. In the end, after all the travel, and time, needed to get the process done, most people would have gladly handed over a few more bucks to save all that time, and effort.
Another reason might just be the security we feel living in this country. We know that if a doctor does something wrong here in the US, you better believe they’re going to feel it – either in court, or in the court of public opinion. In other countries, if things go sideways, there is only so much you can do, before you need to get back on a plane and come back home.
No matter how many scenarios we throw out, the reality is that dental tourism is definitely on the decline; and that’s not to say it isn’t an option worth considering, but when you have an enormous base of talent to choose from here in your own backyard – the best choice starts to become a little more clear.