It’s hard to put a price tag on a healthy beautiful smile, but the reality is there is one. An orthodontic treatment, while a worthwhile investment, does cost money.
If your orthodontist has recommended that you get braces, the first question that might come to your mind is, how much will they cost? That’s a very good question. And the answer is… it varies from case to case.
Braces don’t necessarily have to be a financial burden — there are ways to prepare in advance to make sure your costs are covered, and ways to get breaks on the overall costs of treatments.
If you are considering getting braces but are worried about the cost, we are here to break it down for you.
Book A Consultation With An Orthodontist
You won’t know until you know, you know? In other words, you have to have an understanding of what treatment you will need and for approximately how long the treatment will last. We offer free, private and informative consultations so that you can make an educated decision about what your next step will be. We recommend that all children are screened by the age of 7. Early screening is beneficial because if anything serious needs to be attended to, you will have the ability to do so before the problem occurs. It also gives you the time to prepare and budget for the future. It is amazing the information we have even when kids are young and teeth are still developing.
Does Your Insurance Cover Braces?
Now it’s time to see if your insurance will help cover any costs. While the provincial Medical Service Plan coverage is very limited for dental and orthodontic treatments, you might qualify for some coverage if you have an insurance plan through your work. We will help guide you where we can so you receive maximum benefits through the insurance offered by your employer. At South Surrey Smiles, we are happy to look into your coverage for you as a complimentary service, all you need to do is provide us with your insurance provider and ID numbers.
If you do not have insurance, don’t worry! You are not alone, many of our patients are in the same boat as you. We have interest-free payment plans available that we can design to suit your budget.
Braces Need A Budget!
If money is not an issue, that’s great. If you can pay for the entire treatment up front, we are pleased to be able to offer a discounted rate for the overall treatment.
Let’s assume instead that you would like to opt to spread out the cost over the course of the treatment. That’s no problem. At South Surrey Smiles, we offer payment plans that include interest-free payments because we don’t want the cost to deter people from healthy, happy smiles.
You will need to be able to provide a down payment, however. This is often around 25 percent of the total cost of the treatment. After that, each month will be divided equally and can be paid with a variety of methods. Do you like collecting points on your credit card? Great news! We take credit cards or post dated cheques.
Whatever your situation, we will work with you so that your treatment fits within your budget.
If you are curious about how much your monthly payments might cost, we have a handy treatment calculator that you can tinker with. It will give you an idea of how much you should save for your down payment and how much you’ll need per month after that.
Consider Your Schedule
It’s good to be aware that orthodontic treatments require regular vistis to the orthodontist to adjust your braces or other orthodontic appliance. Typically, at South Surrey Smiles, our patients are scheduled for appointments every 8 weeks. That might mean that you’ll have to adjust your work schedule if you are bringing yourself or your child. Most appointments take around 40 minutes or less and our scheduling coordinator can help arrange times that work best for your schedule.
Remember, although braces can seem like a hefty investment, in the long run you will save yourself way more money, time, and hassle repairing broken and worn out teeth from a functionally compromised bite. First things first, though. Book your free consultation at South Surrey Smiles and let us see how we can help you on the path to achieving your best, most beautiful smile.
South Surrey Smiles provides the following braces treatment
Dr. Lesley Williams is a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics. She grew up in Victoria, BC with her parents and two sisters.
After being awarded her Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree in 1989, Dr. Williams then spent six years as a dentist in general practice before deciding that she wanted to further her education by undertaking three extra years of highly specialized training in orthodontics. With her Masters in Science (Orthodontics) degree under her belt, she went on to sit the Orthodontic Specialty Fellowship exams through the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. To date, her status as an active leader in the orthodontic profession means that she holds the following qualifications and positions:
- Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
- Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Board of Orthodontics.
- Former president of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (representing 2900 orthodontists from the 4 western Canadian provinces and 8 western American states).
- Active member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.