Affordable orthodontics can be difficult to find. Still, for people seeking services on a limited budget, these tips can help you get the orthodontic services you need at a price you can afford.
Price can vary by practice and by community. Don't settle for the first orthodontist you meet. Shop around. Visit at least two or three different professional orthodontists, like those at Reed Orthodontics, before selecting the right orthodontist for you.
Many orthodontists are in business for themselves and therefore can negotiate their own prices. Don't assume an orthodontist's rates are set in stone. When discussing costs and payment options, simply explain your financial limitations and ask what can be done to work within your budget. Some orthodontists may be willing to lower their prices for customers in need, but there may be other ways that your orthodontist can play with the cost to make your procedures more affordable. Here are a couple examples:
Contact Nearby Universities
Universities with orthodontic programs need patients for their students to practice on. Procedures done by students at these universities are monitored carefully by faculty members to ensure the safety of the patients, and may cost significantly less than procedures done by regular licensed professionals. For more information, contact nearby dental schools housed within colleges and universities in your area.
Get an All-Inclusive Contract
If you're paying for all services up front, get a contract that includes some replacement hardware. Orthodontic equipment doesn't last forever, and the cost of replacing various parts can add up over time.
Maintain open communication with your chosen orthodontist throughout the treatment process, and don't be afraid to discuss the financial side of your upcoming orthodontic work. The more your orthodontist understands about your financial situation, the more he or she may think to offer money-saving suggestions as they come up.
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