We know that getting your teeth fixed can be very expensive, especially getting braces, things can get out of hand and a really good treatment can cost you a fortune, but luckily there are certain “tricks” to help you plan how to afford your braces, and we are going to share them with you!
Use your Insurance Company
Call your insurance company to check if your health insurance includes dental treatment or orthodontic treatment in case you need jaw surgery or any other kind of facial surgery, one thing to take in mind is that some health plans don’t cover for orthodontic treatment for people over 18 years old, but they do cover children under age 18, so if you have kids on your own it is really helpful to take advantage of that.
Try to get a payment plan
When getting your braces, consult with your orthodontist if his clinic accept any form of payment plan, like a car payment or the college’s student loan, many of them are more than willing to work a solution with their patients, as long as they pay religiously each month or whatever payment contract you work out.
Dentist or Orthodontist?
Sometimes it is better to go to a dentists instead of an orthodontist, because they usually charge much less for braces, however, you need to understand that dentists don’t count with more years in training normally, but there are exceptions to this rule, for example, dentist in Los Algdones are very well trained and some of them even attend to refreshment courses in Harvard and such.
We strongly recommend that you always consult prices and manifest your doubts with your dentist to make sure you are in good hands.
Find a Dental Plan
Dental plans are different from insurance plans, one of the main differences is that they are discount plans, basically you pay something like a monthly fee and you can be treated by a dentists or orthodontists who participate in the plan, there are certain restrictions, like some plans will not cover a orthodontic treatment that is already in progress, meaning that you need to join the dental plan before you get your braces, but the rates are much less compared to if you would get outside of the plan.
One thing to take in min is that some dental plans have large waiting periods, taking months and even a year before you can start orthodontic treatment, so it is a good idea to study them before opting to go for one.
Make the most out of the discount of Dental Groups
It is pretty common to find large chains of dental groups across the country, they often have many locations that offers a large variety of treatments, and they often charge much less for braces and other treatment if you affiliate to them, the only disadvantage is that you might not be treated by the same orthodontist every time, because there are several doctors practicing at the same location most of the time.
Visit a Dental School
You can get discounts and low cost in braces and other dental procedure at most dental school due to the fact that they are performed by orthodontists in training, but they are allways supervised by their teacher, which are more experienced orthodontists, so the risk of something going wrong is almost non existing.
Dental Tourism is one of the best options because you don’t only get dental treatment, but you go in a vacation, you visit another country, learn new cultures, experience the time of your life and return home with a beautiful smile. We suggest you do your homework to cover all the travel expenses and treatment cost to make sure you are indeed saving money.
We recommend Los Algodones, Mexico, located at just 7 miles southwest from Yuma, AZ, this picturesque border town is the home of more than 300 dentist, ready to attend patients from all over the world, the best part is that most of them are very fluent in English and studied in the States and Europe, and let’s not even discuss their prices, you can save 70% of your money by choosing to get treated there, not for nothing this town earned the nickname of the dental capital of the world.