Whether you've just learned that your child needs braces or looking to improve your smile as an adult, determining how much braces cost depends mainly on the type of treatment and length of time you or your child will wear the braces. However, taking into consideration those variations, insurance, and location, the average cost of braces for children could be between $4,685 and $6,500, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The average cost of braces for adults is $4,800 to $7,135.
Remember, while the cost of braces may seem daunting, a healthy smile can make a huge difference in confidence for both kids and adults. Luckily, braces have improved a lot in the past couple of decades. Technology has made them more comfortable and attractive than the braces most parents remember wearing.
Braces for Kids
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial visit to an orthodontist by age seven at the latest. A child typically has enough adult teeth by then to assess the developing teeth and jaws. During the initial assessment, the orthodontist will take a panoramic x-ray and evaluate the bite and dental impressions to determine what treatment the patient will need. You will schedule a second appointment to discuss the treatment plan and decide the steps to take for orthodontic treatment. Additional treatment could include a palatal expander or other appliances if the orthodontist feels that it's necessary to correct the bite.