Getting braces is a rite of passage for children and teens throughout the United States. Some studies indicate that as many as 45 to 55 percent of all people will need braces at some point before they reach adulthood. And while parents may rejoice in the efficacy of braces to address crooked teeth and misaligned smiles, they tend to be a little apprehensive about the cost.

Exactly how much do braces cost? The answer can vary according to a number of different factors, and the best way to find out for sure is to schedule a consultation with your pediatric dentist or orthodontics provider.

Which Factors Determine the Cost of Braces?

Some of the factors that contribute to the overall cost of braces include:

Type of Braces

Braces come in different types, with examples including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and invisible aligners. These varied types of orthodontics have different costs associated with them. Traditional metal braces tend to be the most affordable option, while invisible aligners are usually among the priciest.

Complexity of Orthodontic Needs

The nature and severity of the orthodontic issues will affect the duration of treatment, and thus, the overall cost. Simply put, more complex orthodontic needs require longer treatment times, which increases the total cost of care.

Geographic Location

The cost of braces can also fluctuate depending on where you live. Urban areas and regions with a higher cost of living sometimes have higher prices for orthodontic treatment.

Additional Procedures Needed

In some cases, additional procedures such as tooth extractions or jaw surgery may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Naturally, these treatments expand the overall cost of treatment.

What About Financing and Insurance?

The cost of braces may also be affected by the patient’s insurance coverage, and by the financing options provided by the practice.

While braces are not always covered by dental insurance, in many cases, they are at least partially covered. This reduces the out-of-pocket expenses that the patient’s family must pay.

It is also important to inquire with your provider about financing options. Many orthodontic practices offer payment plans or financing options to help make braces more affordable. These plans may allow you to spread out the cost of treatment over time, making it more manageable.

Find Out More About Orthodontic Care from Children’s Dental FunZone

To learn more about what you can expect from your child’s orthodontic care, we invite you to schedule a consultation today. Reach out to Children’s Dental FunZone to make an appointment with us at one of our many convenient locations.