Believe it or not, 2019 is just around the corner – yes, really! – which means it’s time to tie up loose ends from 2018. For some, this means using up the remaining money in their flexible spending account before that money is gone on January 1, 2019. But what do you spend it on?
You may not need anything serious done, but believe it or not, there are cosmetic dentistry procedures that you can use your FSA money on! It varies by policy, but here are a few examples of how you can improve your smile with your health care savings.
Sure, a cleaning, sealant, filling or treatment for gum recession may not seem cosmetic in nature, but what’s more attractive than a clean, healthy smile? If you haven’t been to see Dr. George in the past six months, schedule an appointment before the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2018, to utilize FSA funds.
Crowns, bonding and dentures may seem more cosmetic than practical, but they aren’t. Crowns and bonding can help improve the appearance of your smile, but they can also correct chipped or cracked teeth and restore painful cavities. Dentures can restore the look of a full, beautiful smile, but they also serve a practical purpose: to help you chew and speak, and to prevent bone deterioration on the jaw.
Treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder may also be covered by your FSA account, so be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. George if you believe you could have TMJ disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms include jaw pain, teeth grinding, clicking jaw, trouble opening and closing the mouth, trouble chewing, ringing ears, neck, shoulder and back stiffness, and migraine headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact Dr. George’s office to schedule a consultation. We can be reached at 724-220-2347.
Remember, there are some procedures that may be covered by FSA without you realizing it. You may not have enough left in your account for a full smile makeover, but now is the time to fill your account for 2019, so check your plan and see if any planned dental work is covered and budget accordingly.