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3 Ways To Afford Necessary Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you tired of having teeth that are less than perfect? Would you like to have a better smile but you don't think you can afford to pay for the work? Dental work can be expensive, but it doesn't always have to be. Despite what you may have heard from friends or family, you may not have to spend a lot in order to get good dental care. There are a number of things that you can do that can make your dental bills much more affordable. Some of the best things to try include:

Find a dental plan: Although dental insurance is a great thing to have, it doesn't always cover cosmetic dentistry. This has the unfortunate side effect of leaving you responsible for what could potentially be hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of work. In contrast, a dental plan is not insurance. There are no limits to the work that you can have done. However, instead of paying for any of this work, a dental plan gives you a discount instead. Depending on the plan and what needs to be done, your bill could be reduced to almost nothing. Before choosing a plan, make sure to find out if you can use your preferred dentist or if you have to use whatever dentist the plan tells you to.

Go to a dental school: In order to graduate, dental students are required to perform dental work on actual people. In order to attract dental patients, these schools typically offer significant discounts compared to what other dentists in the area charge. You will either be worked on by students who are being supervised by experienced dentists, or by experienced dentists who want to teach or demonstrate a certain technique. While you may not want to rely on a dental school for your cosmetic dentistry needs, you may want to at least consider them for more routine work like fillings and extractions.

Talk to your dentist: A good dentist isn't going to want to perform work that you're unable to afford. Although he or she might recommend a certain procedure for a number of reasons, there may be affordable alternatives to this work. Even if there are no alternatives to what needs to be done, he or she may be willing to set up a more affordable schedule and payment plan so that you can still have the cosmetic dentistry work that you need.