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4 Tips for Managing the Cost of Braces

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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:

Metal Braces

Invisalign

Lingual Braces

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.

 

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Best orthodontist Concord CA David Lee Board Certified Orthodontist in Concord CA Metal Braces, Clear Braces, Self-ligating braces, Invisalign, Clear Aligners Serving San Francisco and East Bay area including Concord, Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Clayton, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Lafayette, Alamo, Benicia, Orinda, Moraga, Danville, San Ramon, Hercules, Berkeley, and Oakland.

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