We’ve talked about how dental schools can be a great place to get affordable dental work done for the family, but we wanted to remind everyone that dental schools can be a great resource for affordable orthodontal care like braces as well. With the new flexible spending account limits coming in in 2013 ($2,500 per employee per year) and employee health benefits being pared back everywhere, now is a good time to start thinking about how to pay for braces if you have pre-teen or teen-age kids who may need braces in the next few years and dental schools are a good place to start.
We like dental schools because you can generally get good-quality, affordable dental work done by advanced dental students, and orthodontics and braces are no exception. For usually about two-third of the price of a private practice orthodontist, you can orthodontal care from a resident under the supervision of an experienced orthodontist. Considering the prices of braces these days, we think that’s a bargain!
We also like dental schools because you can check out their accreditation pretty easily and weed out non-accredited schools pretty easily. If you are looking at dental schools around you for discounted orthodontal care, we recommend checking out The American Association of Orthodontists and their list of accredited dental schools as a start.
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