4 Tips for Managing the Cost of Braces
If you or your child needs braces, but you just don’t think you can afford it, don’t worry. There are ways to make the cost of braces more affordable. Here are 4 tips for managing the cost of braces:
Plan. Plan. Plan.
In everything in life, when we plan ahead for something, we are usually better prepared and things go a whole lot smoother. If you don’t have the extra money right now, then look at your budget and figure out how you can set aside money for your orthodontic treatment. You can also take advantage of FSA (Flexible spending account) or HSA (Health savings account) which you can put TAX FREE money aside for your orthodontic treatment. Set a goal and stick to it.
Consider all your treatment options
The great thing about technology today is that because of it, you have so many more options when it comes to braces. There are the traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear plastic aligners and ceramic braces. The braces can also be adhered to the front or the back of the teeth as well. There are pros and cons to each option and the cost of each may differ as well so you need to weigh everything carefully. Also always be on the lookout for news about any new trends in orthodontic care.
Your orthodontist will help you create the best plan for your particular situation. Remember though, that while the orthodontist will evaluate you or your child’s particular situation and give you a recommendation of what treatment will be best, by coming in prepared, you will be able to ask the right questions and feel more confident in your final decision.
Ask about payment options up front
Dental insurance will often pay for some of the treatment and then you have to put up the difference. If you have money saved up, then you can simply pay upfront for whatever you need to. If you don’t have a cushiony savings account, then you will need to see if they offer any payment plans. Choose an orthodontist who has your best interest at heart and will truly work with you on finding options that fit your budget.
The metal braces tend to be the least expensive choice, but with the right payment plan all options are affordable. Here is what you need to know:
- These are adhered to your teeth and can only be taken off by the orthodontist at the end of treatment
- The orthodontist tightens or changes the wires from thinner wires to thicker wires during treatment to help shift the teeth
- There are certain food and drink restrictions with this treatment
- May have to wear them for 1.5-2.5 years depending on the severity of your case
- Most bite and alignment issues can be treated by metal braces
- They are clear plastic aligners that can be easily removed
- Can be removed to eat and to brush and floss your teeth
- Treatment includes a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks as your teeth shift into proper alignment
- Invisalign can also handle both simple and complicated alignment issues
- Lingual braces are braces that are attached to the back of the teeth instead of the front making them practically invisible to the people around you. They are made up of brackets and wires like traditional braces, but because of their positioning they are more discrete.
- Unfortunately there are some bite conditions that cannot be treated with lingual braces. Patients with a deep overbite are not good candidates for lingual braces because the overbite might put too much pressure on the brackets leading to the brackets falling off. During an evaluation, your orthodontist will be able to determine if lingual braces will work for you.
- Another concern is that not all orthodontists offer this type of treatment. It requires special training because the wiring work is more intricate than it is with traditional treatment. Another concern is that they can be more difficult to clean properly because it is on the back of your teeth which is harder to reach. And also, it may be more uncomfortable because they are right next to your tongue.
Choosing the right Orthodontist
Finding the right orthodontist is a big part of the planning process as well. Your dentist will give a couple of recommendations, but you should have a short list of the best orthodontists in the area. Ask friends and family for their experiences and recommendations and use internet searches to find out basic information like education and specialties and pricing.
When your dentist recommends you to see an orthodontist, then go ahead and schedule a free consultations with some of the orthodontists on your short list. Remember that you don’t need to go with the first orthodontist you meet with you. If you don’t like the treatment options they are offering or if you get a bad vibe from the condition of the office or from how the staff treats you, then keep on looking. If you have ever walked into a dentist’s office and felt like you walked back into the 70s, then you understand the importance of updated equipment and technology. It is hard to have confidence in an orthodontist who hasn’t stayed up-to-date on all the current technology and trends in orthodontics.
You also want to choose an orthodontist who really cares about your welfare and will offer you flexible options so you can get the work done you need even when cost is an issue. Also, check to see if the office offers evening and weekend appointments so you don’t have to miss work and your kids don’t have to miss school.
You have every right to pick someone who will give you and your child the best experience possible. Consider Lee Orthodontics for all your orthodontic needs. Dr. David Lee offers all the latest technology in their offices and they always stay current on important trends in their field.
For more information about planning for your child’s orthodontic care, contact Lee Orthodontics today and set up your free initial consultation. Remember, your dental health is important. Don’t let cost keep you from taking proper care of yourself and your family.