If there is one bill I hate getting, it’s one from the dentist! Because I am self-employed I do not have dental coverage covered by an employer, so it’s up to me to pay my own dental bills. Last year, thanks to two fillings and cleanings, I shelled out close to $700 for my teeth. A few days ago I read this article on ABC.com about how more and more people are using Groupons to get their dental services, which is a great idea. So I decided to put a post together on other ways you can save on dental care.
1. Sign up for Groupon. No really! Signing up for Daily Deal sites can actually save you money on dental care. It seems we are seeing more and more dental practices offering deals through sites like Groupon & Living Social. A recent Chicago Living Social deal offered a dental exam, cleaning, X-rays and teeth whitening trays for $99, a savings of $142!
2. Check our your local dental schools: Hit the web or pick up your phone book and locate the nearest dental school. Dental school students start treating patients during their third year under the supervision of licensed dental faculty. You will be getting twice the patient care for less than half the price! Source: My sister ;)
3. Coupons: I’ve frequently seen coupons for Aspen Dental Services on sites like Coupons.com. Check the online coupon websites and your local paper and yellow pages for coupons put out by dental practices in your area. These can save you up to 20% off your services!
4. Ask for Discount or Payment Plan: If you don’t have insurance, then be up front about that when sitting down and talking about your dental plan. Go ahead and ask for a discount. Dentists which sometimes give non-insured patients a discount in services because they are saving them the time from filling out insurance paperwork, etc. If they do not have a discount, at least ask to be put on a payment plan. Most offices will allow you to pay the total over the course of a few months depending on the procedure.
5. Brush your Teeth: The best thing you can do is pro-active maintenance and listen folks, there is no shortage of free and cheap toothpaste, toothbrushes & floss! So do yourself a favor and brush and floss 2x a day to prevent any permanent or further damage to your teeth.