Credit Card For Dental Work?

Posted by CreditCardGuru

Q: I need to get a root canal and a crown but can’t afford the $2,200 price. Do you know if there is a credit card for dental work that I could use?

A: As far as there being a specific one for dental work, there are none that currently exist. As you pointed out, unfortunately dental work is expensive and even if you are enrolled in one of the dental insurance plans, they often require up to 50% out of pocket in addition to low caps of around $1,000 on yearly benefits. So either way, we’re always left footing the lions share of the bill.

Here are two options to consider in 2013:

(1) CareCredit through GE - This is a health care credit card accepted by some dentists however I’m strongly against it. Why? Because they usually advertise 12 months deferred interest but guess what happens if you don’t pay every single dollar of the entire balance before the 12 months is up? You will be hit with interest going back all the way to the date of transaction on the entire amount. Since CareCredit has high interest rates, their deferred financing is a very risky proposition. My review explains it further.

(2) 0% on purchases credit card - Most dentists accepts credit cards for payment, so your best bet is probably to apply for a credit card that gives 0% on purchases for 6 to 12 months (whatever the best offer happens to be). This is clearly better than the CareCredit deferred interest promotion because with a regular credit card, you won’t be charged back interest after the promotional period ends (in other words, when using a normal credit card for dental work, it truly is 0% for X number of months). To find some good offers, check out my sponsored section on credit cards with 0% for purchases.

6 comments... read them below or add your own

  1. Jennifer June 9, 2013 at 11:07AM
  2. TerriLynn May 1, 2013 at 3:54PM

    It sounds like the forum is saying you are better off getting a regular bank credit card than a dental credit card because of the 12 months deferred interest clause. Is that right?

  3. diamond December 15, 2012 at 10:58AM

    i applied for care credit. Its like any line of credit. You have to understand the terms and condition and pay more than the minimum balance before your 12 months is up. Itz better to have insurance.

  4. Carolyn July 30, 2012 at 5:08PM

    I need a credit card need to get dental work on my teeth.

  5. raina grajeda March 27, 2012 at 10:18AM

    my family and myself are in great need of general dental care as soon as possible.

  6. Ann July 28, 2011 at 5:59PM

    It would really be convenient that we could use our credit card for dental operations. Not all of us can really afford it but would badly need an operation.

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