You can save money on your dental care by planning ahead. Before your dentist begins any type of treatment, make sure you know what your insurance covers and what your out of pocket costs will be. Ask your dentist for a pre-treatment estimate, which will tell you what your plan covers. You’ll then be able to make better-informed decisions about your treatment.
If you don’t have insurance, start a dental savings plan, or put aside some money each month.
Discuss treatment options with your dentist. There may be less-expensive alternatives available.
Also — make, and keep, regular dental appointments, so that your dentist can spot problems as soon as they begin. The longer it takes to identify a problem, the more serious, and more expensive, it becomes.
Most importantly, take good care of your teeth! Simple preventive care, such as brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily, will help prevent bigger problems and bigger bills.