Can I Claim Dental Procedures On My Tax Return?

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It’s that time of year again; it’s time to file your taxes. The process is dreaded by many Americans because it can be complicated and confusing. We can help, at least a little. In this post, we’ll tell you what you need to know about claiming dental services on your tax return.

Can I Claim Them?

The short answer: yes! Dental care is expensive. Especially when it comes to surgery and orthodontic work, it can set you back thousands of dollars. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does consider many of these costs to be medical expenses, which means there’s a chance that you can count them as a deduction, but this is not true for all expenses.

Which Expenses Are Deductible, And Which Ones Aren’t?

The following dental expenses can be claimed on your tax return:

  • Dental surgery
  • Extractions
  • Artificial teeth
  • Braces
  • Hospital stays and any related x-rays or medications
  • Many routine and preventative services like time with a dental hygienist and sealants

Cosmetic procedures and non-prescription drugs cannot be claimed, in addition to services that were covered by your health insurance. When it comes to unqualified expenses if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) you may be able to use that to cover the fee. Talk to your employer or provider to learn more about your specific benefits.

Don’t Delay! Come See Us At Highline Dental in Richmond

Just like you don’t want to wait until April 14 to file your taxes, don’t put off your bi-annual visit to the dentist! Make sure to come to see us in the first half of 2019 for a check-up. Here at Highline Dental, we offer a whole variety of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, including implants, veneers, whitening, and much more. Contact us today to set up an appointment for yourself and everyone in your family.


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