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Seven Tips to Remember When Shopping for Orthodontic Insurance

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Like any medical care, dental treatment can be expensive these days and this can be especially so with orthodontic procedures. This involves the treatment of irregularities with the teeth and can include cosmetic procedures and the fitting of braces. This is typically much more expensive than regular dental work and for this reason orthodontic insurance is something that many people consider investing in. This is offered by a number of insurance agencies and there are a few tips to remember when shopping for this.

Check what is included in regular dental insurance

While insurance which covers only orthodontic procedures is available, the first step in finding coverage is to check if it is included in regular dental insurance. Many people have existing dental insurance plans and in some cases these may include for some of the cost of orthodontic work. It can therefore be worth checking the coverage included in regular dental insurance prior to going to the expense of investing in supplemental orthodontic insurance. The AmeriPlan Dental Plus policy is an example of this and in many cases having one plan that covers all work can be a more convenient and affordable solution for dental insurance.

Check the cost of orthodontic work

Before starting to shop for orthodontic dental insurance, a common sense idea can be to check the average cost of orthodontic treatment at local dentists in your area. In this way you will have an idea of the costs you are trying to cover and will be better equipped to decide if a policy is the right one for the costs of common treatment.

Shop around

Any type of health insurance can vary in cost from company to company. This is no different with orthodontic insurance and this means that shopping around is an important aspect of getting the best deal in terms of both the cost paid for the insurance and the coverage it provides. These days the internet can be one of the best resources for this and sites such as insurancecompany.com provide the opportunity to find and compare insurance plans from a number of different companies. These can be a good starting point in the search for orthodontic dental insurance and time spent doing a little research and shopping around can translate into a more appropriate and affordable policy being found.

Can you choose the dentist?

One of the factors that is always worth checking with any health insurance policy, and this includes orthodontic dental insurance, is whether the patient can choose the medical practitioner they can visit. While some orthodontic plans may allow this, others will provide a list of approved dentists which can be used for treatment. Before opting for an orthodontic plan with an approved list of dentists, it is worth checking these out to find where they are located and if this is convenient for you, the services they provide and whether you would be comfortable using them. In this way you will at least know that should dental treatment be required you will get treatment from a suitable dentist.

Check the covered percentage and lifetime maximum

When searching for orthodontic insurance, a couple of points that should be checked are the covered percentage and the lifetime maximum. The covered percentage refers to the amount of cost which will be paid for by the insurance company. Typically the best that most insurance plans for orthodontics will offer is 50%, although it can vary between plans so it is worth checking. However, a policy with 50% coverage may not always guarantee that half the cost is paid if the policy also specifies a maximum amount. For example if the cost of treatment were to be $5,000, then the 50% coverage would be expected to pay $2,500. However if the lifetime maximum on the policy is $2,000, this is all that would be paid out, which would result in less than 50% being paid. Before signing up to a policy, it can therefore be worth checking the combination of covered percentage and lifetime maximum against typical costs of common orthodontic procedures to see how this compares.

Consider a dental discount plan

When shopping for orthodontic insurance, an option to look into is a dental discount plan. While these are not strictly insurance, in most cases they can be used to cut the cost of orthodontic work which can make them an option to consider. Many dentists participate in these types of plans and typically for a set yearly fee it is possible to join a dental plan in your area and get discounted treatment from participating dentists. Further details of dental discount plans can be found at dentalplans.com.

Check what your employer offers

Many employers offer dental insurance as part of their health insurance benefits, although in many cases this will only cover basic dental care. However, prior to shopping around for private orthodontic insurance it can be worth checking what an employer has on offer with regard to dental insurance to check if orthodontic work is included in the coverage.

Orthodontics is typically the most expensive dental work that can be carried out, and costs can easily run into the thousands of dollars. For this reason it is sensible to consider investing in orthodontic insurance. When shopping for this there are a few things to think about, and factors such as those identified above should be carefully considered to find an appropriate plan that suits your needs.

 

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