November 30, 2016 Roanoke Valley Orthodontics

Don’t let your flexible spending account funds expire

It’s been a busy fall at Roanoke Valley Orthodontics. We held our first-ever Patient Appreciation Day, volunteered time in our community, had a great spirit week and, of course, welcomed dozens of our patients into The New Smiles Club.

With the end of the year coming up, we wanted to take this chance to remind you to check the guidelines on your employer’s flexible spending account if you participate to find out when the funds expire. In general, the money in an FSA has to be used within the plan year, although some employers offer a grace period or allow participants to carry over up to $500 per year.

Remember, a flexible spending account is a use-it-or-lose-it plan. Unless you can carry over, you forfeit any funds left in the account at the end of the year or the grace period. Orthodontic treatment is a qualified expense under federal guidelines, so if you’ve been thinking about scheduling an appointment for your child, now is the time!

If your employer offers a health savings account, or HSA, the funds do not expire. Talk to your employer about setting aside these pre-tax dollars as you plan for future medical expenses, including orthodontic treatment.

Holiday schedule

Our offices will be closed the following days in December:

  • Dec. 1, 5, 6
  • Dec. 23, 26, 27

We’ll be seeing patients during most of winter break from school, but those appointments will go very quickly. The January schedule is getting full as well, so call as soon as possible to confirm an appointment time.

New patients will receive a complimentary consultation, when we’ll discuss your treatment plan and cost. We provide several payment options, including zero down and zero-interest financing, and we have a family care program that includes discounts for additional family members. We also accept CareCredit, and we work directly with your insurance company to get you the best benefit possible.

Call 540-563-1640 or use our appointment request form to schedule a visit at any of our three locations. For more information about starting treatment, visit the New Patients section of our website.

The Roanoke Valley Orthodontics team