It can be really disheartening or off putting when you really really want something that you know you probably can’t afford. With the current rise in interest rates and what seems like a never ending growth of inflation, it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself financially, which includes the future you. The good news is that there are some ways you can compromise in achieving the smile you want without breaking the bank. In a world where you only live once, it's time to stop putting off your goals and to start looking at options that can help you achieve them without going over budget.
In this blog, we’ll look at some suggestions on how to get there such as looking at other options, comparing promotions, exploring payment plans and doing proper, extensive research.
Assess your alternatives
There are numerous options for aesthetic dentistry, ranging from standard braces to clear aligners and teeth-whitening procedures. Spend some time comparing the prices of each choice, then see your dentist to choose which will suit your demands and budget the most. If you really want veneers, have a look at composite veneers as a temporary solution whilst you save for porcelain. If you want whiter teeth, start with take home whitening before going for in-chair whitening. Sometimes clear aligners can be cheaper than fixed braces. Always do your research and stick with a health professional, not an online fad.
Keep an eye out for deals on braces, aligners, and teeth whitening procedures by looking for specials and discounts. Many dental practices offer these throughout the year, especially around Holiday periods such as Easter specials, Mothers Day, Christmas or even school holiday promos. Generally, when getting veneers, getting a few is often more expensive per tooth than getting an entire smile arch. Enquire about these costs and see what will work for you in the long run.
Researching low to no interest payment plans will prepare you financially before you go into a clinic. This will prepare you to understand what your limits are so you can be upfront about this from the get go. Knowing your final budget may also assist you in avoiding disappointment. Look into financing options like dental loans, credit cards or ask the clinic about interest free payment plan options. Before committing, make sure to read the small print and comprehend the interest rates and repayment conditions. It is so very important to do your own research and speak to a financial advisor.
Less is More
You don’t always need to have a complete smile makeover to achieve the perfect smile. Stay within your limits and spend what you can. Remember, cosmetic dentistry is an elective treatment (read our thoughts about the difference between cosmetic and general dentistry). Put your health forward first before you look at aesthetics. In saying this, if you are only concerned with one or two teeth, maybe, that is the option you go for if it is suitable. This means you don’t necessarily need 10 porcelain veneers to have your dream smile, it may only mean you need two. Speak to us about your concerns and constraints, and we will work with you.
I think it is always in our best interest to shop around and compare pricing. However, be wary that sometimes cheaper isn't necessarily better. Just like the saying quality over quantity, you want to go somewhere renowned with good customer experiences and results. You don’t want to get a quick and cheaper fix to only need it rectified somewhere else (my own story on this mistake - here).
Saving Objectives and Realistic Outcomes
It is also important to determine what your saving objectives are. Put together a plan and establish what you’re saving for. Perhaps you save towards your smile makeover goals such as putting away a bit of money every week or buying 2 cups of coffee instead of 5. No matter what your plan is, it will be great to start with a few cosmetic consultations to know what figures you’re dealing with to save towards. Please note, however, that you will need to consider time as a factor. If you go in for a consultation next week for a smile makeover and have been quoted X amount, you can’t return in 10 years expecting to pay what you were initially quoted.
Getting the smile you want doesn't have to come at a high cost. By taking the time to compare your options, look for promotions and discounts, consider financing, and practice good oral hygiene, there can be a way to achieve the smile of your dreams. Don't let the price tag of cosmetic dentistry hold you back from even just going in for a chat. With these tips in mind, you can make the most of your budget and invest in your smile.
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