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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Dentists In Ecuador

What do you think dental care is like in Ecuador? Well let me tell you that from what we have seen dental care and dentists are "top notch!" Especially in the bigger cities of Ecuador you can find the cleanest, professional and the most up to date clinics rivaling that of the U.S.

Take this clinic for example in the image Smile Design. Super modern and professional by anybody's standards. The question is how expensive are they? Well, let's take a closer look at the advertisement. Get a 'jet cleaning' for your teeth with $30 off and $50 off coupon for getting your teeth whitened. To get various types of braces will cost you different amounts with the standard metal braces for 12 monthly payments of $84. So let us compare this with North American prices. What is it in your area?

We can explore their website a little closer as they have English translation available on it. You can see they have various specialties and specialists. Their discount section has coupons for some types of work performed and a couple of discount plans, one being the Gold Smile Plan. This plan costs $99.00 per year.

Please read this wonderful article by Gary Scott of International Living to give you an idea of costs. In general expect to pay a third to one half of what you would pay in the U.S. for dental visits. Article by Gary Scott For International Living One of the big benefits gained from global dental travel is spotting contrasts, distortions, and trends. Ecuador has excellent laser dentists who, by Western standards, are incredibly inexpensive. This dentistry is not inferior to U.S. services in any way. For six years, we have been going to the same dentist…who is a laser dentist with the most modern and clean offices we have ever seen. He is a member of the American Dental Association and has more credentials that many of the dentists we would use in the U.S. He is an expert in the laser and has a ton of other modern equipment. He offers a superior service compared with some very expensive U.S. dentists I have used. One other important aspect for my wife Merri and me is that dentists in Ecuador still maintain a doctor/patient relationship.

The U.S. legal system (regrettably) has thrown most professionals into a professional/legal relationship. The labyrinth of U.S. rules, regulations, and legal concerns force most U.S. professionals to follow procedures that cannot always take patient’s desires into account. The regulations can come between the professional and the patient. For example, Merri and I are sensitive to x-rays (since we were near Chernobyl when the Russians nuked us). We do not want x-rays nor can we tolerate x-rays, yet most U.S. dentists will not even look at teeth without them. We do not feel we need x-rays to get our teeth cleaned, yet many U.S. dentists feel they cannot touch our mouths without the darned photos. If they miss something, they fear liability. Who can blame them? This is not the case with our dentist in Ecuador. We are informed adults, and if we want to risk missing something an x-ray might show, he doesn’t push it. Dental Prices in Ecuador Our last dental charges were a low $50 to remove fillings and fill with natural works! He works with a drill for a few minutes and then uses the laser to fill the tooth. Most dental procedures, such as filling cavities, have a standard low price of $45 to $50. Our last teeth cleaning was only $25. Take laser teeth whitening as an example.

This is a questionable technique from a dental health point of view, but those who choose to use it (depending on the dentist) can expect to pay $1,000 or more in the U.S. for teeth whitening. In Ecuador the dental price on our last visit was just $20 a tooth, and many visitors to Ecuador have had this dental procedure. To do every tooth is just $365. If you need substantial dental work and want to enjoy huge savings having this work done in Eucador, here is what you can do: 1.Get a quote from your dentist on what the work will cost. 2.Pass this to an Ecuadorian dentist. 3.If your U.S. dental quote is $3,000, chances are you will save $2,000 or more, enough to pay the costs of flying to Ecuador. You gain the holiday and put money in your pocket. Plus you may receive less painful, faster dental work. How well does this work? One delegate at our most recent International Business Made EZ course in Quito had a quote for $5,820 for dental work done in Atlanta. His cost in Ecuador was $1,820. This delegate and his wife were able to attend both our courses and enjoy a three-week holiday in Ecuador and still come out ahead, compared with what it would have cost them to have the work done in the States.
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