Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin or Mexico?
Cosmetic dentistry in Austin has always been the obvious choice for most people. The advantage of convenience has been the biggest factor in the decision for where to have dental treatment formerly. Yet, today’s difficult economic times have sent some people down to Mexico for dental treatment and there is reason for concern. Traveling out of the U.S. for dental treatment is a cause for concern for several reasons. In the end, the best choice may be cosmetic dentistry in Austin.
- In terms of treatment providers, the U.S. sets standards for dental treatment whereas other countries may not have standards for treatment. This creates a risk that the treatment provider is not capable of providing an accurate diagnosis or treatment plan for your condition. In addition, U.S. dentists attend dental school and typically continue on with dental education courses throughout their career. Similar standards may not exist in Mexico and there may not be a method to verify credentials.
- In terms of diagnostics, dentists in the U.S. are known to have advanced technology available for enhanced diagnostics. A select number of dentists offer a full scope of free and some fee based diagnostic tests to help ensure proper diagnosis. Dr. Mark Sweeney is one of the select number of U.S. dentists that can offer fully comprehensive dental care with advanced diagnostics. In fact, there have been reports that people received a different diagnosis in Mexico than in the U.S. Consequently, the trip to Mexico was more costly due to the need for comparative diagnostic testing and conflicting treatment plans.
- In terms of treatment, treatment is reflective of the diagnosis and the skill of the treatment provider. Keeping the two above mentioned points in mind, it is not difficult to surmise that treatment may be compromised when traveling out of the U.S. for dentistry.
- In terms of cost, procedures in the U.S., when compared by type, may seem to be more costly than Mexico. However, be on the look- out for hidden fees in Mexico that are not uncovered until after treatment when it is time to pay the bill. Also, you may require additional treatment should the treatment you receive in Mexico be inappropriate or fail.
If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.