Examining the Average Cost of Braces

When your dentist recommends braces for your child or yourself, one of your first concerns will probably be about the cost. The average cost of braces will depend on several factors, including the type of braces you get.

Orthodontic Options and How They Affect Price

When it comes to the type of hardware used in braces, there are more options now than ever before. Each has its own set of pros and cons, and it is important to discuss these with your orthodontist.

  • Traditional Braces: This type of orthodontics, with brackets and connecting wires attached to the front of the teeth, is what most people picture when they think of braces. It is important to note that there are options, like ceramic braces, that are less noticeable than their all-metal counterparts. According to a survey done by the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, the average price of braces runs between $5,000 and $6,000. If you choose to go with the ceramic option, plan on adding about $500 to $600 to the final price and prices may vary from state to state.
  • Invisible Braces: Invisible aligners are another option. These clear braces are made to fit over your teeth like a mouth guard and can be removed whenever necessary. A treatment using Invisalign aligners costs roughly the same as traditional braces, averaging $5,000 to $6000, this can vary depending on where you live.

Managing Costs

While the average cost of braces is in the thousands of dollars, prices can vary widely, depending on your practitioner, the kind of hardware and the length of treatment. There are many options to consider when trying to manage these costs, such as dental insurance, payment plans, or other financial assistance through nonprofit organizations. You may also be able to get discounted rates at a dental school in your area. No matter which option you select, make sure to discuss all cost estimates with your orthodontist beforehand to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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