PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Back to school season is a popular time for kids to get braces, but orthodontic treatment is expensive no matter what the season. DentalPlans.com, a leading online marketplace for dental and health savings plans in the U.S., is helping parents ease the cost of braces with tips for making braces more affordable.
According to the American Dental Association Survey of Dental Fees for 2016, the typical fee for adolescent orthodontic treatment ranges from $4,978 to $6,900 ($5,100 to $7,045 for adults). And, the price goes up for braces made of clear material or for those with complex oral issues.
“We are committed to making dental care more affordable in the U.S.,” said Jenn Stoll, Chief Commercial Officer. “There are too many families who simply cannot afford dental care, either because they don’t have dental insurance or, commonly, it’s still too expensive even with insurance. But there are other ways to save hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars on braces whether you have insurance or not. We’re here to educate Americans on their options.”
So, soften the financial bite of braces, with the following tips:
Dental insurance may include orthodontics, and if so, you will typically get a discount (20%-50%) from in-network orthodontists. There will usually be a one year waiting period before you are covered for braces after purchasing insurance. Orthodontic coverage is often capped at a specific amount, and that maximum amount is called a lifetime benefit – it can only be used once per insured person.
Dental savings plans that include orthodontic discounts can reduce the cost of braces by 25%-45%. You can use these plans at any participating dentist or specialist within 72 hours of joining. Plan members enjoy dental discounts throughout the entire orthodontic treatment process, for as long as it takes to complete their treatment. They can also save on virtually all other dental care needs.
Payment plans are often offered by dentists (including specialists such as orthodontists). You may be able to stretch out payments over the 18-24 months of the typical adolescent treatment plan. Orthodontists may also offer in-house and/or access to third party financing plans. While you are able to pay over-time, remember you are still paying full-price with this option.
Orthodontic clinics associated with dental schools may offer treatment priced at a sliding scale. You can review the American Dental Associations listing of orthodontic teaching programs here, and then contact schools near you to see if they have clinic services.
DentalPlans.com, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings online marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives. www.dentalplans.com.