It is likely that there are many parents who take their children to a dentist or orthodontist appointment with genuine concern about the financial implications of the visit. It is estimated up to 70% of children will be required to wear some form of braces at some point in their life, and such a measure can have serious financial implications for the parents of said children.
If such a measure is advised, for many parents the matter then becomes a quest to find the holy grail of children’s dentistry: the truly affordable braces. This may seem like an impossible thing, with so many people now associating the idea of any kind of medical or dental procedure as unforgivably expensive, and to an extent that is true. If you aren’t willing to put in the leg work and see what you can turn out with research and looking at your options, then sure, signing up for the first thing offered to you and your child is going to be expensive. A fool and their money are soon parted, of course.
However, if you’re willing to do a little more work and give over a little more time to research, the affordable braces can become a genuine realistic possibility. We’re not saying it’s simple, and we’re not saying you’re going to reduce the cost of this procedure and equipment down to the kind of money you could find down the back of the sofa, but what were are saying is that there are options. And when it comes to making the decisions that will save you money, options are always good.
You must begin by talking with your child and requesting that they be realistic. If old enough, explain the financial cost and explain what you can and cannot afford. Invisible braces are usually more expensive, though this can vary, often purely because they are more popular for the child and manufacturers are relying on pester power to get parents to pay more. Don’t do it. Reason with your child and see it as an important life lesson you must impart to them.
When you’re not restricted by having to buy the most fashionable or invisible that you can find, you will find your options open up exponentially. Any dentist worth their salt is going to have recommendations of more affordable options such as fixing an issue, so mine that for everything that it’s worth and ask for opinions and options from friends and family as well. Think before you hand over your credit card and you could save a fortune.