Many people rarely visit their dentist must less get a dental appliance like braces for adults because it not covered by basic health insurance. At least 89% of UAE respondents to a survey commissioned by a global digital health company admit that they neglect oral hygiene and put off dental visits due to the high costs of dental care.
In the UAE, only high premium insurance packages cover dental treatments. Patients have to pay from out of their pockets once there is a dental emergency. Expatriates usually wait until they can fly home to get their dental issues treated. At least 80% of expatriates want a review of the mandatory health insurance so that it can include dental consultations.
According to Markus Sebastian, Senior Vice President of Align Technology, research reveals the importance of dental hygiene in the overall health of an individual. Insurance coverage will ensure that people can undergo regular dental checkups and prevent dental issues that will eventually become costly problems.
It is common for people to visit the dentist when pain is unbearable. However, when people ignore the pain, major tooth decay happens and the infection usually reaches the pulp. In the UAE, root canal costs Dh1,500 with x-rays. In many instances, oral hygiene is an indicator of other existing health problems.
For example, patients with diabetes often suffer from bone erosion and inflamed gums. When the infection seeps through the blood vessels, cardiac health will be affected. If dental consultations are covered by insurance, people will be encouraged to visit their dentists regularly.
Since cosmetic procedures like veneers and teeth whitening and orthodontic procedures like braces are not covered by insurance, providers can keep the premiums low. Besides that, there must no limit to the number of dental consultation that a patient can avail off every year.
Since most dental and health insurance does not cover orthodontic treatments, there are orthodontic clinics that offer braces for adults through payment plans. The cost of braces or clear aligners will be spread across several months making it easier for the patient to afford. Cost must not be the reason why a person has to suffer from misaligned or crooked teeth.