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I need some info. I understand that dental care is highly expensive in the US. If I get conventional braces done in India and then want to get followups done in the US, would that still be expensive?


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I need some info. I understand that dental care is highly expensive in the US. If I get conventional braces done in India and then want to get followups done in the US, would that still be expensive?

My sweet Filipina is getting conventional braces in the Philippines for 20% of what it costs in the US. In 5 months if all the adjustments aren't complete then I wll have follow up here in the US. This is the most economical way to do it. So yes get it done in India. You save big time.


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Better to get it done in India or Pi, it's much cheaper there, out here it can easily run into the thousands since some of the cost are not covered by medical insurance, simple example, they want to put the metal filling, while it's cheaper but the porcelaine one cost much more, so the insurance will not cover it. You would think the insurance company wants you to look good and healthy, nope it's all about making money, their bottom line


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Dental care cost as much as a new BMW.

In the Philippines my fiancee was able to get braces on the top and bottom which only cost her just under $500 US. Then each month she goes for an adjustment for about $20. This would be very costly in the US.


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I don't think once I'm in the US, I'll be going back to India in the foreseeable future, simply cos the travel cost itself would eat into our savings big time.

The info I'm really looking for is if followups are equally expensive in the US. I can easily get the braces done here for $250-$300. But I'm more worried about the followups in the US, and really need to know if the followups would be expensive. If they are, then I would opt out of getting 'em, but if they aren't that expensive, I might as well get the braces done here in India.


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Anyone????


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Have your fiance call around to local dentists in the area to get rates.

Yes, dental care is VERY expensive here if you don't have insurance. Like $900 for a "deep cleaning" alone. I have a neighbor with no insurance who took her son for a checkup. He just needed a few cavities filled and a cleaning and the total cost was going to be $9,000.


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A follow up may cost you an average of $60-$100 follow up per visit, but you can negoiate a reasonable cost with any good dentist. If yor husband has dental coverage and you are covered, and if braces are part of his package then the follow-up would be covered undeer his coverage.

There are over thousands of Dentist (otho) in any good state, I am sure you could find one that would work with you'll cost wise.

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A follow up may cost you an average of $60-$100 follow up per visit, but you can negoiate a reasonable cost with any good dentist. If yor husband has dental coverage and you are covered, and if braces are part of his package then the follow-up would be covered undeer his coverage.

There are over thousands of Dentist (otho) in any good state, I am sure you could find one that would work with you'll cost wise.

Great, thanks. Yes, my husband does have insurance with dental coverage, and I'm covered too, but I guess what I really need to find out is how far we're covered. Thanks much everyone.


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03/14/2012 AOS package mailed
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03/19/2012 IV bill invoiced and paid
03/20/2012 DS-230 package sent
03/22/2012 Case Complete
04/10/2012 Interview date assigned; packet IV received
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10 dollars is taken out of my husband's bi-weekly paycheck which covers about $1500 of dental work each but of course that doesn't cover everything... my husband and I are in the middle of getting stuff done like deep cleaning and cavities (the husband not me) and it is only going to cost about $300 for the both of us.


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In the Philippines my fiancee was able to get braces on the top and bottom which only cost her just under $500 US. Then each month she goes for an adjustment for about $20. This would be very costly in the US.

Just how safe is it in the Philippines for dental care compared to USA?

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Just how safe is it in the Philippines for dental care compared to USA?

She went to a dentist that was experienced and many of her friends used this dentist. So far everything went o.k. One piece of the braces on a bottom became loose after a few weeks. She went back to the dentist and he ajusted. Many of the doctors in the Philippines are qualified and do a decent job.


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My fiancee is also doing her braces in the phils. She will need one implant for a missing tooth but the cost difference for the implant is about negligible in her case, after insurance here. The braces are about 20% of the US cost.

I found an orthodontist here (Oregon) who will take a patient midway through, but he said it will depend on whether the system of braces is one that he uses, or has used, as he can get all the materials he will need here to handle that. If they are using a system of braces that he hasn't, he may need to remove the braces she has and replace them. Still, it should be less than doing the whole thing here as there will be less adjustments required.

However, in my fiancee's case, her dentist in phils has put her on an accelerated schedule. She will have the full course of braces done in about 8 months, which will have them off about the time I expect her to be able to come here. She will arrive with just a retainer.

So, my opinion, see if they can do an accelerated course (a bit more expensive and painful as they have to all the adjustments in a shorter time). Second choice is try to find an orthodontist in the US who uses the same braces system used in India, and try to make sure your Indian orthodontist uses something that should be available in the US. I'd expect monthly adjustments to run in the $100 range, assuming they can work on your braces without replacement.

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So, my opinion, see if they can do an accelerated course (a bit more expensive and painful as they have to all the adjustments in a shorter time).

Yes an accelerated course could be attempted. My fiance is doing the accelerated course. The bottom braces will be done in 3 months and the top braces will be completed in 6 months just in time for the K-1 visa - hopefully.


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