If you’re an adult considering getting braces, but you’re worried you’ll be the only one your age wearing them- don’t be! Actually, about 22% of braces wearers are adults, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Clearly, there’s a lot of other people, even in California, in your same position.
One thing that is different for adults looking into braces, though, is being concerned with the price. No more mom and dad paying- as an adult, you’ll need to pay for these yourself so it’s beneficial to look into the most affordable options:
#1 Ask for a Payment Plan
To enjoy good oral health, effective, safe and healthy dental treatments need to be within financial reach. Even if you can’t afford braces up front, you can possible afford a lesser, monthly payment. Find a dentist who can accommodate a financial plan, like Absolute Dental. You may even be able to extend the plan beyond when the dentist predicts that the braces will come off
#2 Visit a Dental School Clinic
You can save big, sometimes even half of what you'd normally pay, by going to a teaching clinic. Dental school students do the work, which is too scary for some people. The students are closely monitored by very experienced faculty members, so you'll get good care- even while you save money.
#3 Call California’s Dental Association
Financially-challenged people don’t have to live with teeth they’re embarrassed of. There are many resources for low income individuals to afford dental care, including braces. You can apply for free orthodontia care through programs like Smiles Change Lives (SmilesChangeLives.org) and Smile for a Lifetime Orthodontic Foundation (S4l.org). Do your research online and you can probably find several others.
At Absolute Dental, we promote dental care for everyone, including adults who need braces. No matter what dental problem you might be facing and what budget you have, our dedication and professionalism to our patients is our first priority. We encourage you to learn more about our doctor online and call our office with any questions or to make an appointment at 951-739-7770. Don’t let another year go by with a smile you aren’t proud of. Get braces!