If you or a child needs orthodontic care to fix your bite, then you may be looking for ways to make the braces cost more affordable. Thankfully, there are various routes you can take to relieve this financial burden and get the care you need.
Visit an Orthodontic School
Many people visit dental schools to save money for yearly cleanings and preventative care. You can do the same thing with an orthodontic school. If you check out the American Dental Association's database, you'll be able to find a school near your location. You can save lots of money on care since students will be the one treating your condition. Take care—these students are overseen by faculty members so you will still receive high-quality care.
Start Interceptive Orthodontics
Some people wait until their kids are preteens or teenagers to start treatment. If you know your child will need orthodontics in the future, you can save money by starting them on interceptive orthodontics. Interceptive methods involve detecting malocclusions one they start to form in baby teeth and extracting certain teeth to avoid adult malocclusions. Since children's jaws are still growing and forming, early preventative care may mean that you save money down the line or avoid major orthodontic care altogether!
Go with Traditional Braces
While lingual braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign are popular options since they aren't noticeable, their cost range is typically higher than traditional braces. For instance, low-end Invsalign trays start at $3,000 and low-end lingual braces start at $5,000; but, traditional braces can be as little as $1,500 on insurance.
Make Sure You Wear the Bands
The cost of braces goes up when you have them on for an extended amount of time. If you are prescribed elastic ands with your braces, make sure you wear them. The elastic bands pull your bite into the correct position. Many people shirk this task because they think it's tedious or unnecessary—but if you are diligent, you could shorten your wear time, and thus, your overall cost.
Discuss Payment Plans
Orthodontists understand that orthodontic care can cost a pretty penny. To relieve the burden, many offices are willing to set payment plans with their patients. These plans help you break up the cost into affordable chunks. Some offices have their own insurance plans that you may want to look into. While you have to pay a premium each month, you could use the plan during the length of your care to save a couple thousand dollars.
Up until a year ago, I did my best to keep my teeth and gums clean. But after securing a new job, I began to work late into the night and didn't have the time or energy to brush and floss before I retired to bed. My busy schedule and poor dental hygiene finally affected my teeth and gums. After experiencing severe pain in several of my teeth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist examined my mouth and discovered three large cavities in my molars. After four long weeks, my dentist finally completed my dental work. I learned a very painful lesson during that time. No matter how busy you are, always brush and floss. I started this blog to inform other people about the importance of good dental care. I hope you find the time to read it. Thanks for visiting.