A Personal Story: Leaning on Family – Ilene, Thetford Center

Ilene lives in Thetford Center, Vermont. She has had a full set of dentures for 40-plus years. She’s had to have the bottom ones re-lined 3-4 times, but the top ones had been fine. Until recently. She lost four of the teeth out of the top denture. The top plate also then cracked; the cracks have been temporarily fixed, but now she needs to replace the top plate. She lives on social security income of just $1,020 a month, and so she can’t afford to pay for a new denture plate up-front.

Ilene learned that she could set up a CareCredit payment plan to pay for the new denture as long as she had a credit card; but, she doesn’t have one. So, Ilene’s daughter stepped in, and she will be paying for the new denture through a CareCredit account she set up in her own name in order to pay for the new denture. Ilene will pay her daughter back, which will allow Ilene to have the top plate replaced for $635 on an 18-month interest-free payment plan of just $35 a month, which she feels she can afford. She’s found the dentists and clinics she’s visited very helpful in working with her to find a way to finance her new denture. However, Ilene wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of her daughter and the use of her daughter’s credit card and CareCredit account.

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