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A Mom’s Guide to Saving Money On Braces: Tips from Dr. Bert Kelling!

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Braces, formally known as orthodontic care, can be provided in a huge variety of ways.  Usually braces are provided by an Orthodontist who has years of expertise training in order to know how to provide the best patient care. Every patient wants to not only achieve the best result, but the easiest and fastest way too (for the least amount of money!). We know you want to be smart about the cost of braces and we’re here to help!

1) Avoid compromise treatment.  If you spend money on compromise treatment leading to an incomplete result, all the money may be a waste. Incomplete orthodontic care is very hard to maintain and later can require re-treatment, costing even more.

2) Catch orthodontic problems early.  In addition to knowing all the different ways to move teeth, it is important to know how to select the best timing of care, not too early, causing unnecessary treatment, and not too late, making care more complicated.  Proper timing saves money, giving us our second point: be sure to catch any orthodontics problems early enough to provide care at the best time. This can prevent problems from worsening and causing more treatment and expense. Remember: the first orthodontist visit should be around age 7 or 8.  See our blogs on the “Timing Of Braces” by clicking here.

3) Ask your employer to add orthodontic care to your health insurance. Insurance coverage for braces usually provides $1,500 to $2,000 toward the cost of treatment. Adding coverage for braces to an existing dental policy is usually minimal extra cost. Watch out for waiting periods and plan ahead.

4) Use your retainers properly. After the braces are off, be sure to understand how to use your retainers properly to maintain your great result and avoid having to pay for more treatment later. After braces, teeth can shift easily, so retainers are very important. Your orthodontist has extensive knowledge of the wide variety of retainers and will recommend the best for each patient. Regular checking and proper management of retainers is also important.

5) Start financial planning for braces early.  By working with an orthodontist early, optimally starting around age 7 or 8, you will know if braces will be needed in the future. This will allow you to save up the fee ahead of time. When you can pay the whole fee at the beginning of treatment, usually you can get a discount on the fee. Early planning also helps you line-up insurance coverage on time!

The key to saving money on braces involve planning early, spending your funds wisely on expert, efficient orthodontic care, and conscientiously protecting your beautiful new smile for a lifetime.  That’s something to really smile about! Feel free to ask me more about how to save money on braces with Raleigh Orthodontics. You can call 919-847-6364, or visit raleighorthodontics.com