July 23, 2021
Several life-changing dental treatments, like dental implants and cosmetic treatments, aren’t entirely covered by your dental insurance benefits, which can make affording them difficult. And, if you don’t have dental insurance, accessing these treatments can seem virtually impossible. If you’re on a budget but need to repair your smile, here are four suggestions on how to be able to afford treatment, all while repairing and refreshing your smile.
Flexible Dental Financing
those who are on a strict monthly budget. That’s why they also have additional financing. Most practices offer CareCredit, which is a trusted, third-party financing company that offers six or 12-month payment plans at little to no interest, depending on what you’re approved for. Plus, you can find out if you’re approved for financing nearly immediately when you apply online.
You’ve likely heard of online fundraising platforms like GoFundMe. Due to the complications of medical and dental insurance, countless people turn to platforms like these and rely on community support to be able to get the care they need. In fact, an article published in 2020 stated that GoFundMe could be considered one of the largest insurers in the country because one out of every three campaigns launched on their platform is for healthcare services. Once made, the fundraiser is easy to share on social media and donate to, so your friends, family members, and peers can easily help you reach your smile goals if they’re able to.
Special Offers from the Dental Practice
Some dental practices routinely offer specials for new patients, free consultations, or other deals that may apply to the treatments that you’re seeking out. It’s always worth it to check, because this can make the services you need much more affordable!
Applying for a Dental Grant
Lastly, you could always try applying for a dental grant. These are especially helpful when it comes to paying for more costly treatments that aren’t entirely covered by your insurance, and your eligibility to apply may depend on your unique background. For example, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry offers survivors of domestic abuse financial assistance in their Give Back a Smile program to repair dental injuries.
If you feel like there’s no way to regain a complete or beautiful smile due to the financial barriers that stand in your way, your dentist may be able to help! With the suggestions above, along with assistance from your dental practice, you’ll likely be able to find a way to make the dental care you need more accessible.
About the Author
Dr. Ed Hajdari has over two decades of dental experience and is passionate about providing his patients with life-changing dental results that boost their confidence. He has special, advanced training in a variety of services, like full mouth reconstruction and orthodontics, and offers several affordable financing options, like dental insurance and additional financing. For questions or to schedule a consultation and learn more about the cost of a treatment and your payment options, visit Blanco Circle Dental Care’s website or call 831-422-7838.
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