The truth is, braces do not come cheap. Depending on a number of factors, the average costs of braces range around $5,100 to $7,045 for adults and around $4,978 to $6,900 for adolescents, according to American Dental Association. However, if you want to lower the costs, look for a qualified orthodontist that offers affordable services. Here are some tips:
Ask for quotes
It may be tempting to jump at offer of the first orthodontist that you may come across with but take note that different orthodontists recommend varied treatment approach at varied costs. A lot of orthodontists offer free consultations so you should not worry about getting a second or third opinion.
Dental school services
Another way to save money on braces and other dental services is by getting the offered services of orthodontic program in dental schools. The students usually charge half the price of professional or private practitioners since they are still on training. You don’t have to worry because the students are generally orthodontic residents and have already had years of experience in their private practice.
Use dental insurance
There are dental insurance plans that cover treatment for orthodontic cases. The plan covers a certain amount for braces but you have to check on this because majority of the policies only cover patients who are 18 years or younger. Review the coverage of your dental insurance and its terms to determine if you are still going to shell out money for your braces and if your preferred orthodontist is a covered by your insurance provider.
Ask for payment plans
Most orthodontists understand that braces can be heavy on the pockets of their patients. Thus, most of them offer payment plans or no-interest financing. There are those who are willing to do services among patients who are working on a budget. Some orthodontists are willing to spread out payments over the months to a few years while the treatment is ongoing, without the interest. Discuss the payment options with your orthodontist. Do not be shy to ask for discounts as most of them offer cuts on cash payments or discounts if you get the dental services for several members of the family.