7 Ways to Save Money on Orthodontic Care for Your Child

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Giving your child straight teeth can be expensive in some cases, but there are ways to cut down on those costs. If you want orthodontic care for your child, but you don't want to spend more than necessary, take a look at these tips.

1. See If Braces Are Medically Necessary

In 2016, the government announced changes to the current dental scheme, and under the new rules, all children get access to free dental care in Australia. This even includes braces, but only if they are medically necessary. Talk with your child's dentist or orthodontist to see if your child needs braces on a medical level.

If your child only needs braces for cosmetic reasons, you may need to cover the cost of the services on your own, but the following ideas can help.

2. Look for Dental Insurance With Orthodontic Care

If you are self employed and you buy insurance policies for your family, you may want to look into a dental policy that also covers orthodontic care. In addition, if you are comparing multiple job offers, you may want to investigate the perks and review supplemental dental policies closely to see if they can save you money.

3. Pay Upfront

Some orthodontists offer discounts for paying cash upfront. In addition, if you borrow money for your child's braces, you will pay interest on those funds, and that makes the braces cost more in the long run. If you can save up the money and pay before getting the braces, that can help cut costs overall.

4. Choose Cheapest Option

There are several different types of braces, and the most common types are metal braces, Invisalign and ceramic. There are slight differences between all of these approaches, but if your focus is saving, then, you should consider opting for the choice that is the least expensive.

5. Don't Do Full-Mouth Braces

In some cases, the orthodontist may say that your child needs braces in one part of their mouth but not in another part. It can be hard to make these choices, but if you want to save money, you may want to focus on the most important areas and leave the other areas alone.

7. Remind Your Child to Brush and Floss

When your child has braces, the metal or ceramics can make it hard to brush. Remind your child to brush diligently, and ask the orthodontist to show your child the most effective techniques for brushing and flossing with braces. This doesn't reduce the cost of braces directly, but it can prevent cavities from forming behind the braces, and that will save you money on dental bills.

 

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