Can I afford orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can have life changing benefits. It not only improves one’s smile, but also increases self-esteem and self -confidence. More and more people are looking to straighten their teeth and get that Hollywood smile but many delay or refuse treatment because of the perceived high cost of it.
Unfortunately, delaying treatment not only complicates the underlying orthodontic problem but will also lead to damage of the teeth, the muscles and other vital structures of the jaws. Cost should not be a deterrent when considering treatment for you or a loved one because the complications of delaying treatment are far greater than the present monetary investment.
I want to reassure my budget minded readers that orthodontic treatment is more affordable than you think. In fact I can guarantee that the cost of a full case of braces or even Invisalign is less than 2 cups of Starbucks a day! Yes, that is not a typo. If you were to look closely at an average orthodontic fee you will see that the payments are quite small if you put it in the right perspective.
Rest assured that most orthodontic offices provide a variety of financing options and you are not required to pay everything in full. In our office we offer payment plans with minimal to no down payment, and we do not charge any interest throughout the entire length of your treatment. With the help of Care Credit payments can be even extended to 60 months which is helpful for those who prefer smaller monthly payments.
To help alleviate the cost even more, most dental insurances now offer orthodontic coverage which can range anywhere from $750 to upwards of $3000. This benefit is a great help to lower the actual out of pocket cost even more.
I believe that orthodontic treatment is a priceless investment because of the life changing benefits it offers and because it can positively improve one’s oral health and one’s overall self-esteem. Delaying or refusing treatment because of cost or because it is simply a cosmetic procedure is not a wise decision. I stress the benefits of orthodontic care to all my patients and reassure all parents that orthodontic treatment is now more affordable than ever.
Dr. Reza Salmassian is a Board Certified Orthodontist and specializes in orthodontics for Children and Adults. For questions regarding this article or to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation, please call our office at 661-222-7444 or visit us at www.salmassianortho.com