Few words strike more fear in parents. Once you notice your child’s bite is misaligned or front teeth are cooked you can have a good idea of what’s coming next. An orthodontist bill that can range anywhere from $3000 to $7000. My youngest daughter recently got the news that she would need a three-stage treatment for crooked treatment. The expected cost looked set to put us back to the stone age in living standards.
Having good orthodontic treatment isn’t just an aesthetic issue. Failure to address severely overcrowded teeth can make then harder to brush and floss over time, along with other issues. Along with that, overbite can cause more strain on the jaw and wear teeth down more. Paying for these treatments though is often well beyond the means of most people, especially if, like me, you’re having to pay for three-stage treatment. Dental insurance rarely covers more than a small percentage of treatment and not few people have the qualifications for special programs.
Adding to all this, improvements in technology are leading to faster detections meaning parents are getting bills handed to them sooner than expected. You can, however, use this early detection to your advantage and begin planning for the costs in the future. More precise treatment means better treatment long term which is the whole point of going through it all.
Consult different orthodontists
The fees from different orthodontist’s car often vary widely. One you’ve been quoted a price it’s a good idea to consult another dentist for their price, or even a third just to get a broad average. These prices are often negotiable and are not set in stone.
Many orthodontists are willing to set up a payment plan so the cost is spread out over several months or years. If this sounds good to you discuss the payment plan with your dentist and establish clearly what the monthly payments would be. Many orthodontists are will to extend payment plans to cover larger costs and post-treatment.
Some orthodontists provide discounts for upfront payments. If this is within your means it’s the best option and will mean everything is out of the way quickly.
If after consulting several orthodontists the price is still beyond your means then fear not there are other options.
Look for a college or university around you that can do treatment at a reduced price. Treatments here are just as high in quality as certified orthodontists. Students in training are carefully supervised by an experienced orthodontist who they check with before starting any treatment. Often you can save as much as two-thirds of the cost by choosing this option.
If you do have dental insurance with your job check the policy’s carefully to see what it covers. Often these only cover 25% or at most 50% of treatment but every little helps. If you don’t have dental insurance search for one online and make sure you read the fine print carefully.…