For most of us, it seems like money is always tight. Although you are working and trying to save, it seems like there’s never enough to make ends meet, let alone pay for other things you might want, such as cosmetic dentistry.
Now some people are turning to crowdfunding for help affording the cosmetic dentistry procedures they desire. Should you?
What Is Crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is a new way to describe collecting donations from people to finance personal projects or expenses.
The new word relates to the new method of collecting donations, websites that allow people to collect donations from numerous people quickly, easily, and anonymously. Perhaps the most famous crowdfunding site is Kickstarter, which has made headlines for its ability to collect donations for high-profile projects, such as financing a movie based on the cult TV show Veronica Mars.
To crowdfund your cosmetic dentistry, you simply create a profile on websites set up for the purpose, describing the procedures you want, giving a picture and providing some background information. Then, hopefully, people visit the website and make donations.
Disadvantages of Crowdfunding
One problem with crowdfunding cosmetic dentistry procedures is that most people may have a hard time getting exposure for their profile and attracting donations.
Crowdfunding has been around for years, although it’s only recently been applied to cosmetic dentistry. One of the first elective medical procedures to be paid for using crowdfunding was breast augmentation, which showed one limitation of the strategy: donors rarely considered their donations to be completely charitable and often asked for favors in return, which in this case ranged from thank you letter to nude pictures and videos.
Some people may also feel that crowdfunding is essentially tantamount to begging, and may feel self-conscious about it.
Even more problematic is that many people wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing the cosmetic dentistry procedures they are seeking. People who want porcelain veneers, for example, are often uncomfortable about the state of their teeth and don’t want to talk about them, let alone put them on a website and promote them.
Find Better Financing Options
For many people, crowdsourcing is unlikely to be the best approach for funding cosmetic dentistry. A better approach is to talk to your dentist about possible financing options they offer.
At Dental Excellence of Blue Bell, we understand money may be tight, and we offer many payment options that can help you get the cosmetic dentistry procedure you want, without breaking the bank or depending on the kindness of strangers.