Dr. James Ko's commitment to excellence shines through his achievements as a Doctor of Dental Surgery, paired with a Master's in Science, both earned from the esteemed University of Toronto. His research has delved into the realm of Biomaterials, leading to a published paper focusing on the interplay between dental implant surfaces and bone. Dr. Ko's patient-centred approach is exceptional, as he invests time in building strong connections with patients, alleviating their concerns, and offering practical strategies to enhance their dental well-being. Embracing a holistic approach, he caters to patients of diverse age groups.
When dental procedures start to add up, how do you ensure your oral health while also making ends meet financially? The answer lies in dental financing, which can help you pay for procedures without having to rack up large amounts of debt and without needing to pay exorbitantly high interest rates. If you are wondering whether you qualify for dental financing, the answer is almost certainly yes. Here are a few options for you that can help you pay for the dental procedures you need.
Before you rush out to apply for dental loans, it’s useful to know what situations call for dental financing and which do not. Generally speaking, you should consider a dental loan or other financing option if you have a significant one-time dental payment to make. This should be something that is either medically necessary or which will improve the quality of your life and your overall dental health in the future. For example, a crown or dental bridge might not be strictly medically necessary but provides patients with much better oral comfort and does a good job of helping to prevent other potential dental problems down the road. On the other hand, getting a loan for teeth whitening may not be the best of ideas unless you have a reason to believe that you can pay off the loan very quickly.
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A dental loan provides you with a fast approval process and quick access to money that you can use to pay for a procedure. These loans have high approval rates and require you to make payments using a prescheduled payment plan. Dental payment plans usually come on a monthly basis, although some lenders might be willing to work with you on the exact details. Because they are lines of credit, dental loans often require you to pass a credit check and pay interest on the money you borrowed. This is not universally true—in order to benefit those who have financial hardship, some lenders now use other means beyond just a credit score to determine whether a given person is a good risk.
Some dental offices offer financing directly, usually in conjunction with a dental financing company. This option allows you to work directly with your local dental office to create a payment plan. Many dental financing options are available without requiring a traditional credit check. This is a boon for those who have less than stellar credit because even a simple credit check can sometimes lower your overall credit score. Financing options also tend to offer a low interest rate and allow the office to more accurately factor in the amount of money that your dental insurance might provide for a procedure. If you opt for financing, you need to make sure to make payment promptly, because failure to do so can alienate the office which you visit for checkups.
A dental credit card works similarly to a normal credit card, but can only be used for certain healthcare expenses. The most well-known example of these cards in North America is CareCredit, which can be used for medical and dental expenses in many offices throughout both the United States and Canada. These cards are a good way to finance procedures that are lower in cost or expenses which you believe you can pay off in a 12 to 18 month period. Many of these cards offer an introductory period where interest rates don’t apply, but all the interest hits your account at once if you do not manage to pay the card off in full by the end of that introductory period.
The dental credit card process works in the following manner:
Each of these financing options helps to pay for the cost of a procedure that your insurance doesn’t cover fully. You should always remain aware of your dental insurance costs and requirements, especially if you know that you have a major procedure coming up. Your dental office should also have your insurance information on file. If you change insurance providers or upgrade your coverage plan, you should reach out to your dental office to let them know as soon as possible. When a major expense such as a root canal or a dental implant comes up, the price your office quotes you usually takes your insurance into account and assumes that your provider will cover the costs not listed.
Regarding your dental insurance and how it might play into the cost of a major dental procedure, you should consider the following:
When considering your financing options, don’t be afraid to ask your dental office for advice. Remember that a dentist’s primary concern is to make sure that your mouth remains healthy, and a typical professional will do what is necessary to help you make an important procedure happen. Similarly, the office clerks and those in administrative positions within the office are often sympathetic to financial hardship and will usually do what they can to help. If you aren’t sure which financing option is right for you or have questions about how a proposed treatment interacts with your insurance, make sure to voice those concerns as early as possible. Most of the time, your dental office will serve as an ally in this matter.
Dental procedures can be expensive, but the cost shouldn’t stop you from getting the care you need. By utilizing the financing options outlined above and checking to see what your dental insurance covers, you can make even large expenses manageable. When in doubt, speak with your dental office to get an idea of what options are available to you.
Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.
Everyone here is very friendly and provides excellent care. I received a full exam on my first visit, and everyone took time to answer my questions and ensured I felt comfortable the entire time - exactly what you want when visiting the dentist. I highly recommend Markham Smile Centre for anyone looking for great dental care.
There is an ample parking space before you get into the office. The receptionists welcome us friendly with proper COVID-19 procedures in place. The staff worked with patient very patiently and professionally. My teeth cleaning was done by Ying, she explained every detail to me and I did not feel any pain or uncomfortable at all. Thanks to the best team !
It's been a while since I've been to a dentist but I'm trying to get back on track with health in general. Overall it was great going to Markham Smile Centre! The receptionist (I believe she was Kim) was friendly. The hygienist, Ying, was attentive and gentle during the cleaning; x-ray tech (forgot her name, sorry!) was great too. Dr. Sara Riad explained things with good detail. Looking forward to going back!
I was someone who was nervous and anxious about visiting the dentist, but the team at Markham Smile Centre has made me feel SO comfortable. Kim is so patient and helpful and Dr. Hwang and Rory are both so professional and wonderful. They thoroughly explain the procedure to make you comfortable beforehand and are very gentle. I now look forward to visiting the dentist!
I found this place on a whim when I was looking for a new dentist in Markham. My hygienist ying was super nice and her cleaning was very gentle yet thorough. I saw Dr.Jason and he was very nice and informative in regards to what needs to be done and provided me with all the information I needed to make a choice. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a new dentist, they’re accepting new patients!!
I have been to many dentists in my life, Dr. Jason is easily the best dentist I have ever been too. He does everything he can to make you comfortable no matter the procedure and is a true professional, as does all the staff at Markham Smile Centre. Truly an amazing dentistry
The clinic was clean and the staff was very polite. I particularly liked the fact that everything was explained to me before going in for the procedure so I knew what to expect at each step. The dental hygienist who did the cleaning for me was also very gentle and took my concerns into consideration. I will definitely recommend them.
Upon arriving to the Markham Smile Centre, my son and I were greeted with a warm welcome by the receptionists. The hygienists and Dentist were very gentle and transparent with what they were doing. The hygienist that worked on my 9 year old son was patient and very friendly with him, which helped ease his nerves. Our overall experience was A+.
Since I was little, I have always hated going to the dentist... Its always uncomfortable and unpleasant. These days, visiting the dentist isn’t so bad! Dr Jason, Rory, and the lovely staff at reception make the experience 100x better. I have had absolutely no issues with the gum graft and cleanings that I’ve gotten done here. Everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful, even when I’m calling in or emailing a hundred questions :). I would highly recommend Markham Smile Centre.
Love this place! All the staffs are friendly and Professional and I mean all, cause I've been to most of their office, Markham , Stouffville, North York, and Maple. Dr. Ko is very professional and patient. Whenever I have questions and concerns he would always reply me . I would say this this dental office take care of you all the way. I would highly recommend everyone to come here for any dental works. =)