Straight teeth are important, and teeth straightening treatments like orthodontic braces can prevent problems like TMJ, tooth wear and tear and chronic pain. But the average price for braces isn’t cheap.
If you’re looking at the the cost of orthodontic treatment for you or your kids and wondering how you’re going to pay it, don’t worry. There are actually plenty of ways to lower the price for braces. Here are just a few:
- Start Getting Treatment Early
Is you get your child started with braces earlier, it’s often cheaper. Talk to an orthodontist as soon as your child’s six-year-old molars come in to see if there are any potential problems in your child’s future. You’ll often be able to get a consultation like this for free. If you have an idea of what your child might need, you can start saving up for braces before your child needs them.
- Shop Around
You don’t have to stick with the first orthodontist you meet. Shop around and find one who offers you a great low price for braces and great service. Sometimes you do get what you pay for though, so make sure you only consider orthodontists with the best quality of care.
- Look Into Payment Plans
Many orthodontists will let you pay for braces over time to lighten the financial burden of orthodontic treatment. You can also find third-party payment plans that may offer you even lower monthly payments, but these often charge interest. Alternately, if you pay the entire cost up front, you may get a discount off the total cost. You may also be eligible for a discount if more than one child is getting treatment.
- Go to a Dental School
If there’s a dentistry school near you with an orthodontics program, you may be able to get treatment for a much lower cost. Students typically perform treatments supervised by professional teachers, and treatments and appointments may take a little longer.
You don’t need to give up on braces. Look into alternate plans and find a cost solution that works for you. More on this topic.