Gaining access to quality dental care can be challenging in the United States if you do not have dental insurance, and the out-of-pocket fees for those with insurance can be substantial. People looking for affordable dental care have at least six options. First, you can save money to pay for dental care that is not needed immediately. Second, you can pay dentists using a credit card and pay off the bill as soon as possible.
If neither of those options is available, you can ask dentists whether they offer credit or reduced payment options or work with a third-party financing company to help patients finance their dental work.
A fourth option is dental savings plans, often requiring you to sign up and pay a fee. In exchange, you receive discounts for services at dentist offices participating in the program.
Other options are low-cost or free clinics that often accept patients on a first-come-first-served basis. Finally, an excellent option for those living near a dental or dental hygiene school is to have students do the work. The students have all the proper equipment, are well-trained, and well-supervised in their techniques. They are also very careful to do an excellent job for their patients.