La Mesa, CA – While the cost of braces has remained relatively steady over the last several decades, we know that it can be a significant investment for many families. The good news is, there are many options for paying for your orthodontic treatment.
- Pay in full at the beginning of treatment. Many orthodontists offer a discount for patients who can pay for treatment in full prior to beginning treatment. This discount will vary from office to office but could result in significant savings for families who are able to pay in full the day the braces are placed.
- Dental insurance. Most major dental insurance plans will cover a portion of orthodontic treatment. Insurance plans vary widely, so it is important to understand what your policy covers. The right plan can help defray a significant portion of the cost of braces. Do your research before you or your child need braces so you can be sure you choose a plan that offers maximum benefits. Most orthodontic offices will also have a financial coordinator who can help you determine what your insurance should cover.
- Payment plans. Orthodontists realize that most of their patients cannot opt to pay the entire cost of treatment at one time. A financial coordinator will work with you to determine a payment plan that can fit comfortably in your budget.
- Government programs. For lower-income patients, there are many state or federal government programs that can help you with the cost of orthodontic treatment.
“Orthodontic treatment has numerous benefits, beyond the obvious cosmetic ones,” says Dr. Surillo. “Treatment can improve your oral health, boost your self-esteem and help you greet the world with confidence. No patient should have to say no to orthodontic treatment because of cost.”
It’s also important to remember that the cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your location and the orthodontist you choose, as well as from treatment to treatment. Invisalign or lingual braces will be more expensive than standard metal braces, for instance.
“Orthodontic treatment is an investment,” says Dr. Surillo. “It is important to understand the costs associated, as well as how those costs can fit into your budget before deciding on treatment.”