Patients can lower the cost of braces by getting quotes from multiple orthodontists, joining a dental plan, paying with cash, using a flexible spending account, applying for charity programs or visiting a dental school. If the total cost upfront is not affordable, the orthodontist may offer a payment plan.
Checking with multiple orthodontists helps the patient find the best deal. Some orthodontists may have lower rates or offer discounts. Choosing a preferred provider allows patients with dental insurance to maximize benefits.
Dental schools accept patients and often charge discounted rates. Dental students specializing in orthodontics perform the procedures with supervision from instructors.
Some orthodontists offer a discount for paying in cash upfront. Using a flex spending account saves money since contributions are not taxable.