Aug. 8, 2017Updated: Aug. 8, 2017 6:42 p.m.
See historical photos from the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Historical photos of the U.S.-Mexico border
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While the border is often depicted as a desert wasteland filled cacti and rattlesnakes, in many cases the border resembles a neighborhood much like any other: some nice houses on one side of a street, some more nice houses on the other side of the street. See some of the more interesting cross-border pairings between the neighboring countries.
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For some Americans without dental insurance or looking for better prices, the best bet may be to head south.
Just a few miles south of California and Arizona is Los Algodones, a Mexican town of roughly 5,500 people with more than 600 dentists, according to NBC Nightly News. The town has so much access to affordable dentistry that it is being dubbed Molar City.
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In fact, Google shows more than a dozen dental facilities within two blocks of the U.S.-Mexico border.
NBC reports American and Canadian couples flock to Los Algodones to save up to 70 percent on procedures. One couple told the news outlet that they traveled 1,000 miles to save $35,000 on dental implants.
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According to the Molar City price list, a regular teeth cleaning is $25 instead of the U.S. price of $140. A surgical extraction in the Mexican city costs $80 instead of the estimated $420 it does stateside.
Those who want to do more research about the quality of dental work available in Molar City can compare reviews at Dental Departures.