December 5, 2019
If you want to make any kind of life change, there’s no better time than the new year (especially this year because it’s also the start of a new decade!) And if you’ve been thinking about straightening your smile with Invisalign, you’ll be interested to know that most dental insurance benefits renew on January 1st. And if your plan offers orthodontic coverage for Invisalign, this is your chance to take advantage of a whole new “annual maximum.” This is the amount your insurance company will spend on your dental work for the year, and the best way to take advantage of it is scheduling a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in Plano early on in the year. Learn more below about how to (affordably) reap the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile in 2020!
Taking Advantage of Renewed Dental Insurance Benefits
Every dental plan is unique, so always start by checking your individual benefits or simply call a dentist for clarification. Annual maximums typically range between $750 and $1,500, which is quite a bit that can go towards your dental or orthodontic care. But since it’s a “use-it-or-lose-it” situation, you could lose hundreds in benefits if you don’t use them by the end of the year.
Most plans cover preventive services like checkups and cleanings at 80% – 100%, so they’ll cost you little to nothing out of your own pocket. From there, restorative dental work like fillings, crowns, and bridges are often covered at 50% – 80%.
The plans that cover orthodontic treatment usually cover Invisalign at the same rate as traditional braces. While coverage can vary quite a bit, an average range is $500 – $1,500 that could go towards your treatment.
The Impact of a Healthy Smile In the New Year
Whether you’re interested in Invisalign to achieve a straight smile and aligned bite or some other type of cosmetic dentistry, you’ll enjoy all the following benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile in 2020:
- You’ll have more self-confidence – When you feel good about your appearance, you carry yourself much differently. Having more self-confidence will positively impact every area of your life.
- You’ll make a better impression on others – Countless studies have shown that people with an attractive smile are perceived as more likable, competent, and intelligent.
- You’ll have better oral and overall health – A cosmetic dentist will always start by addressing any oral health needs such as cavities and gum disease before providing cosmetic treatment. Since there’s a strong mouth-body connection, this will improve your dental health and overall health at the same time.
If you’re lucky enough to have dental insurance, you may as well take advantage of your renewed benefits by scheduling a dental appointment early in the year. With this simple strategy, you can make 2020 the year you fall in your love with your smile (without breaking the bank!)
About the Author
Dr. Bita Kamali has 20 years of experience as a general and cosmetic dentist in Plano and offers both Invisalign and Invisalign Go. She’s in-network with Aetna and Cigna, and her team is always happy to help patients understand their coverage and maximize their benefits. If you’re interested in Invisalign or have any questions, you can contact Dr. Kamali via her website.