I don’t think anyone looks forward to going to the Dentist or Orthodontist (sorry to my Dentist and Orthodontist!), but sometimes I am not sure what is worse A.) Getting the work done OR B.) Getting the bill!
We have spent thousands of dollars at the Dentist and Orthodontist which prompted me to look into ways to save money on braces and dental work. I found that there are several ways to cut costs on necessary work when you don’t have insurance rather than forgo getting the work done. As hard as it may be to believe, avoiding the dentist could be more costly in the long run than actually finding a way to get into the dentist for cleanings and preventative treatments.
Here are some tips that will hopefully help you save money:
If you don’t have insurance or a discount dental plan, you might try to negotiate a cash discount with your Dentist/Orthodontist. Many Orthodontists will offer that upfront as an option so if you have saved up the money for braces, definitely make sure you find an Orthodontist who will give you a discount for paying in a lump sum.
Discount Dental Plans:
DentalPlans.com is not dental insurance, they are discount programs. Participating dental care providers each agree to accept a discounted fee from plan members as payment-in-full for services performed. You can search the DentalPlans.com website for dentists in your area and then view what discount plans are available.
Once you find your dentist, you can call and confirm they will accept the plan you choose before you actually buy it. Just call them and make sure they recognize the plan and are still accepting it.
The advantages of discount dental plans include:
- Savings of 10% to 60% on most dental procedures
- Choose from more than 30 national and regional plans with more than 100,000 participating dentist listings in combined networks
- Join online instantly and enjoy quick plan activation
- Easy-to-use search tools and plan comparison charts
- Discounts on dental specialties available with most plans
Check Into Local Universities, Technical Institutes:
Check out any/all local dental schools in your area because they may offer cleanings and services at a discount. My sister used this method when her kids were younger and she recommended it to me. The students are supervised by their teachers so you can be assured that someone is checking their work. It’s definitely worth a phone call to see if you can take advantage of these discounts.
Get Multiple Quotes on Major Dental Work:
Although this is not always done for free at the Dentist, many times Orthodontists will give a consultation for braces at no charge. I would definitely get several quotes for braces and compare what each would require as a down payment, length of time, diagnosis etc. If you have your own x-rays from the first Dentist you see, you may be able to get another dentist to see you and give their opinion at no cost to you. It never hurts to ask!
Free Dental Care:
I have heard that Dentists in many parts of the country often offer times throughout the year where they will dedicate a day to offering FREE dental care to patients in need. I am not exactly sure of the details or if there are any financial requirements, but I did come across this website Dentistry From The Heart, that has upcoming events along with phone numbers of the dentists. If there is one in your area, check it out and let us know what you find out