When researching the impact dental braces can make, there are many things to consider. They start with the dental health that can be improved, but a commitment to follow the program coupled with a financial obligation must also be given serious thought.
A consultation with your orthodontist will provide a thorough examination to determine an answer to these topics:
Dental health – Having straight teeth provides more than a smile makeover. Crooked teeth harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease. When teeth are straightened, the ability to reach all areas with a toothbrush and dental floss is made easier.
Commitment – When the patient is given the information regarding what they can expect, they need to understand they are agreeing to follow the program from the time it takes to complete treatment to using rubber bands, night gear (if prescribed), and most importantly, the retainer while teeth form a “memory” of their new location. Failure to stick to the program can elongate treatment time or alter the results.
Financing – There are many options provided to allow the patient to make this commitment spreading payments out over time. Of course, patients with dental insurance may be able to reduce out of pocket costs – payment choices include:
Cash or debit card; all major credit cards are accepted; or you can take advantage of one of the low or interest free programs available through Care Credit or in-house financing programs.
Many employers are making health savings/flex spending accounts available as a benefit. Basically, a deduction is made from your paycheck that is not taxed to you allowing you to pay for medical and dental care with tax free dollars. Your deduction can be withdrawn as needed, but knowing the terms of your plan is important for maximizing its benefits.
Since orthodontic care normally takes anywhere from six months to a few years, many patients prefer to spread their payments out over the time of treatment. Depending on the duration of your teeth straightening program, you may be able to select the interest free option making minimum monthly payments.
No matter what your method of payment, the final result will be well worth the time and investment. You will have given yourself the path to healthier teeth and gums as well as a smile makeover to enjoy over your lifetime.
For more information, contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 today.