Los Algodones is the northernmost city in Mexico, located just 7 miles west of Yuma near the southern borders of California and Arizona. is known as the dental capital of the world, and with over 900 dentists and 300 clinics, you have a number of dentists to choose from.
The town has more dentists per capita than any other place on Earth. Patients from all over the United States and Canada travel to this small town in northern Mexico for the express purpose of finding excellent quality dental care for 70% less than at home. Many of our patients save thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars by visiting one of our dental clinics.
Los Algodones is a great destination to visit for affordable dental care. For North Americans and Canadians who are budget conscious and don’t want to travel too far then Algodones is hard-to-beat. Why?
It’s easily accessible. Algodones is the most northernmost town in Mexico, and within walking distance of the US-Mexico border crossing at Andrade there are over 300 dentists situated in just a few blocks. You can drive, or fly-drive – and leaving your car at one of the secure parking lots on the US side of the border means you don’t have to worry about obtaining additional insurance for Mexico. Simple!
Algodones is a favorite destination for many North Americans. It has a warm climate, it’s compact enough to walk around and not only is dental care inexpensive, but so too are optical products, pharmaceuticals, liquor stores and practically everything else – and there’s certainly enough shops, street vendors and restaurants to keep you occupied for a few hours.
The quality of dental care is generally excellent – dentists here all speak English and plenty have taken training in the US and are likely to be members of the American Dental Association.
The prices are excellent and if you are struggling with the high costs of dental care at home then Algodones could be just the place to get your dental health on track with many people saving around a massive 70%!
The Hacienda is the only hotel in town, and free stays or discounted rates can be arranged through your appointment, depending on the type and amount of work you require. There are numerous hotels in Yuma as well, or you can stay the Quechan Resort & Casino just 2 miles up the road from downtown.
Yes! While there are many horror stories in the news about crime in Mexico, there are no crime problems to speak of in this popular dental destination as the city has been recognized by the US government as a safe destination for tourists. The community is quite small (population of about 6,000) and they rely upon providing tourists and visitors a safe and friendly destination for their dental care. Thousands of seniors and retirees visit weekly to fill their prescriptions, visit an optical clinic, or visit a dental clinic. The town is safe for walking, safe to carry cash in, and easy to navigate.
At Castle Dental, absolutely! In fact, many of our patients tell us the facilities and quality of care is better than what they are used to at home. We are one of the most reputable clinics that have been background checked, pre-screened, and vetted for quality.
Should you have any issue with your dental care, the procedures and lab works are covered under warranty. Competition for patients is strong, and we always are providing excellent quality care. when scheduling your appointment through Castle Dental, you can be sure you are visiting a quality-checked clinic and have an advocate for your care working on your behalf.
No. Most of the doctors speak English quite well, and if they are not fluent, a dental assistant or staff member will be available to help translate for you and answer any questions.
US cash is the payment method we preferred, but many clinics do accept traveler’s checks, personal checks and credit cards. Credit card payments are typically subject to a small processing fee (typically about 3-4%). Inquire for which offices accept credit card payment.
During the winter months, retirees and snowbirds from all over North America move to the area and pack the town. Peak season is December-March, and the dental clinics are quite busy this time of year. Border waits can be long this time of year, and you will need to schedule your appointment farther ahead of time if your visit will fall in these months. However, the weather is the best during the winter and if you can’t stand the heat, visiting in the winter is ideal. Summer is the slowest time of the year, and while the weather is quite hot, you can take advantage of frequent summer promotional prices and avoid border waits during this time of year. Late spring and fall are also good times to visit a dentist.
The sidewalks lack wheelchair accessible curbs and can have large gaps or cracks in the concrete which can make navigating a wheelchair difficult. However, the clinics are all quite close to the border.
Many of our dental clinics offer shuttle services from the border, so please contact us to find a clinic that can help shuttle you to the office from the border. Many patients in wheelchairs do visit; we’re happy to help facilitate your visit and get you to one of our great clinics!
There are a number of things you should be aware of and need to anticipate when visiting. First of all, the town is not a resort destination and does not look like much. Expect to see peeling paint on buildings, overflowing garbage cans, poor sidewalks and streets, general shabbiness and panhandling typical of a small town in Mexico. Don’t be put off by appearances though; once you step inside our dental clinics on Algodones, you can expect to find first rate facilities and cleanliness on par with your local dental office.
Pushy street vendors are common. There are a number of “pickers” who are paid by unethical clinics to solicit patients and bring them to their office. They wait on the Mexican side of the border and will approach you when you cross. They are harmless, but can be pushy. The clinics these pickers work for are not good quality and the best dental clinics consider it unethical to employ street salesmen. Further, if you ask a street picker for directions or engage them, they may bring you to the wrong office, tell you the dentist you plan to visit is closed, or that the dentist is sick today, etc. Simply tell them “No gracias” and move along. To avoid this annoyance, visit a clinic that offers shuttle or border escort service.
Border wait times for getting back to the US can be quite long. During peak months (December-March), the wait can be 1-2 hours. Although the pedestrian crossing line does have shade and benches, it can be a long, hot wait to get back to the US. Bring bottled water for while you wait! Or, you can drive into town and take advantage of the air-conditioning in your car while waiting. To avoid the longest wait times, either visit first thing in the morning for your appointment, or come during the spring, summer, or fall. Summer is the slowest time of year, with minimal border wait times.
Just as anywhere, there are poor dentists in town. The majority of clinics are tiny single-dentist offices in which one general dentist and an assistant work out of. For a filling or a cleaning, they are probably okay. While these clinics may advertise or offer all dental services, you should visit an established dental clinic that has a specialist available to treat you for any more complex care. Our clinics are hand selected and thoroughly screened for quality and we can help find the appropriate specialist for your case.
Sedation is not standard. In the US and Canada, patients are used to having sedation available for every treatment, even when it is as simple as a couple of fillings. Sedation is not widely available in Algodones, and gas (nitrous oxide) sedation not offered. Of course, local anesthetics (numbing) is used for any treatment requiring it. For patients who require sedation or anxiety medication for treatment, it is very important to find a dentist who offers this. Anxiety medication such as Valium is available, but will need to be requested prior to your visit. If you require full sedation, select clinics can provide this service with a licensed anesthesiologist available to provide sedation. The cost is typically $400-$600. Inquire to find a clinic that offers this service.
Dozens of pharmacies and optical clinics provide prescription medication and optical services for steep discounts compared to the costs in the US and Canada. Save on your prescription medications and optical care needs while visiting! Curio shops, al fresco restaurants, liquor stores, and souvenir stands provide other shopping opportunities. Even though you're there to receive dental care, the convenience factor for anything you need is essential.
Most patients drive to the border to find affordable dentistry, although there are several options for flying in as well. To find the border and access the dental clinics from I-8, head south for 2 miles on Highway 186 (Algodones/Andrade Road).
For directions to the border on Google Maps or MapQuest, you can type in the address of the border crossing below:
235 Andrade RoadWinterhaven, CA 92283
A large secure parking lot is located on the US side of the border with thousands of parking spaces available for all vehicles. RV’s, large trucks, and 5th wheels are easily accommodated. The parking lot is owned by the local Quechan Indian tribe, and parking costs about $5 a day. Overnight parking is available as well. Please note that the lot is uncovered, so leaving a pet in the car while you visit the dentist in Algodones is not feasible.
Usually, US car insurance companies don't offer coverage in Mexico though some of them cover the first 25 miles. (The clinics are all less than one mile from the border). If your insurance company does not offer coverage in Mexico, you can buy temporary car insurance for Mexico in Yuma. However, car insurance is not mandatory in Mexico and car theft or prowling is extremely rare, especially during the day time. Some clinics do offer secure parking, and we can direct you to those dentist offices.
The closest airport is located in Yuma (YUM), though flights into Palm Springs (PSP), Phoenix Sky Harbor(PHX), and San Diego (SAN) are also options. From the Yuma airport, you can take a taxi to the border will cost $30. It is recommended that you call a local taxi company ahead of time to schedule, as there are no taxi stands.
A taxi can take you right to the border crossing, and the dental clinics in Algodones are all located within a 4 block radius of the border. Rental cars are also available at either airport for you to drive down.
Approximate distances and driving times to the border crossing are as follows:
Entry into Mexico to receive dental treatment is quite easy: simply walk in. There is no checkpoint and no documents are required. For re-entry into the US, a valid passport or passport card is required.
The Andrade border crossing opens daily at 6:00am and closes at 10:00pm.