By Susan Braden
Cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity in America – a person’s smile now ranks as a more important physical feature than the hair and body, according to the American Dental Association. While most dental insurance companies state that cosmetic procedures are not need-based claims, and will often refuse you such coverage outright, here are a few tips that may bring you a dental discount.
Dental discount plans provide a discounted rate at in-network dental offices on procedures such as:
Whereas traditional dentistry focuses on preventing disease and maintaining oral hygiene, cosmetic dentistry focuses on further improving the appearance of your teeth and mouth. While traditional dentistry is always a necessity, a patient can decide if he or she wants to pursue cosmetic treatments. As you research your options, make sure that you are getting the best discount, as well as the best quality, and learn what dental insurance companies will and will not cover.
Most insurance does not cover the following procedures:
However, you can get around some of these limitations to receive the best discount possible. While insurance tooth whitening clauses are almost immovable, in that it is extremely difficult to make whitening seem absolutely necessary for your health, some discount plans might be able to help you save on the procedure. Tooth bonding, for purposes other than improving tooth appearance, may be covered under some circumstances, especially if the procedure is intended to repair a scratch or chip. In addition, cosmetic repairs after an injury are almost always covered.
You might get a discount on your porcelain veneers if you are replacing or repairing them. Most contracts include a section on repairs for deteriorated work, which does not have such a stringent coverage list. Though replacement veneers are usually covered under this section, you might encounter some bureaucratic issues if the clerk reviewing your claim sees the term “porcelain veneers” without noticing that they are a replacement.
If you cannot find insurance that will cover the procedure you want, you may be able to find a discount plan, an alternative to dental insurance that will offer you a percentage off the cost of the cosmetic work you need. Explore your options to make the best financial decision for a glowing smile.