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You donít have to sacrifice every other basic necessity just to afford dental care while in school. A cynical old adage of higher education insists to university students from all walks of life, ďYou can have great grades, a social life or sleep. Pick two.Ē True, you can expect a long and trying road between yourself and that degree. At the same time, donít forget that you have one set of adult teeth to last your entire life after graduation. Care for it well with a little help from these budget-friendly resources between Spring Break getaways and exhaustive hours drowning in books.

Community Clinics


The larger the city you call home while pursuing your degree, the better your chances of coming across a no-cost or low-cost community dental clinic nearby. These institutions are dedicated to the needs of impoverished citizens who would face substantial health risks without affordable and accessible oral health resources. Begin your search at a local public hospital, which may actually have a community dental clinic of its own. If that doesnít turn up any useful direction, visit the American Dental Association (ADA) website to pinpoint your stateís recommended free or cost-flexible care programs, organizations, clinics and dental schools on their ďDental HealthĒ map.

Dental Schools


You need compassionate, attentive dental care at the lowest price possible. Dental school students cannot call themselves truly prepared to practice licensed dentistry without considerable hands-on experience treating real patients. Where the Venn diagrams of your respective needs align, affordable care billed on a sliding-scale basis may await. Students working under a licensed dentistís close supervision will almost always mean more time in the chair and could require a follow-up appointment to complete treatment. That isnít necessarily a bad thing; you can count on ample one-on-one attention to your case and rest assured the work being done is undergoing close scrutiny every step of the way.

Discount Dental Plans


For want of personal insurance, some group dental plans offer practical coverage for a flat monthly fee through a discount membership club. Rates are as affordable as $10 per month, but discounts for treatment often range from 10 to 60 percent. The tradeoff? Benefits will limit care options to a list of participating dentists. The next time you go to a clinic like Treman & Treman Family Dental Care, see what options they have for helping you out in the way of financing.

Smile for a Lifetime


This charitable non-profit organizationís local chapters select individual applicants to receive affordable or free-of-charge orthodontic treatment based on personal hardships. Each chapterís Board of Directors scrutinize applications carefully according to separately established criteria, but countless patients across America have benefited from their generosity. When browsing providers, keep an eye out for the Smile for a Lifetime logo online or in advertising materials and inquire about the application process and requirements wherever you find it.

Dentists Who Work with Uninsured Patients


Many dentists are surprisingly willing to finance their work within uninsured patientsí means, extend deep discounts or spread treatment over multiple visits spanning several months. Others may negotiate a sliding price scale. If you donít at least ask, you may never know and inadvertently forego an affordable treatment opportunity. Begin by informing whoever books your appointment that you donít have insurance and would like to discuss payment plans when you arrive. Expect the going rate for a checkup, x-rays and possibly a cleaning to fall somewhere between $150 and $270, but understand that prices vary from one dentist to the next.
Never underestimate a dentistís understanding. At the end of the day, medical professionals everywhere prioritize absolutely nothing above a patientís well-being. That includes money. With so many health considerations tied to maintaining tip-top teeth and gums, any orthodontist, dentist or dental hygienist would much rather anyone bring limited financial or insurance means to light right away than know someone chose to forego treatment from them when timely attention could have dramatically improved quality of life for years to come.
Posted By: Dixie Somers
Friday, November 10th 2017 at 5:17PM
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