Can I Afford Braces?

girls with bracesOne of the barriers to treatment with braces is the presumed cost. But if you’re thinking about getting orthodontia, it’s important to focus not only on price point, but on overall value as well.

Plus, it may be easier than you realize to foot the bill for braces. After all, they aren’t just for kids anymore — these days, more and more adults are finding they can afford orthodontic treatment for themselves.

Are Braces Are Worth It?

Besides having a neater smile, there are many other reasons you should consider orthodontic treatment. Straightening your teeth, even as an adult, typically leads to:

  • A whiter smile
  • Decreased risk of gum disease and tooth decay
  • A more comfortable bite
  • A confidence boost

This is all largely due to the fact that straight teeth are easier to keep clean. The cleaner your teeth, the healthier your smile is. Getting braces now can help you avoid expensive dental problems down the road.

So when analyzing the value of orthodontic treatment, it’s helpful to weigh the costs versus potential of future problems, such as fillings, multiple dental bridges, implants, or missing teeth altogether.

How to Afford Braces

For as great as the benefits of braces can be, there’s no ignoring the fact that they might cost a pretty penny. Dr. Farooq Ahmad recommends the following to make your treatment as budget-friendly as possible:

  • Research your insurance benefits well and take advantage of them! You may be surprised at the orthodontic coverage you have.
  • Compare the prices of the different treatments that could work for you. As a general rule of thumb, the shorter the treatment, the cheaper it will be.
  • Look into third-party financing and ask us about 0% financing in-office.
  • Keep in mind that when you are compliant with instructions for caring for your orthodontic appliances, treatment will go by faster and thus be more cost-effective.

At the end of the day, the most important question is this: can you afford not to get braces?

We invite you to find out by visiting our practice here at Brackets Wires & Smiles. Proudly serving the orthodontic needs of adults and kids alike in the Vista area, Dr. Ahmad welcomes you to join our family. Call today to schedule your personalized consultation.