How much do braces cost?

how much do braces costPerhaps the biggest question most patients or their parents have is how much do braces cost. In some cases, private insurance may cover part of it, but in most cases, private insurance will not. Cost is a large factor to consider when deciding if braces are right for you or your child. So how much do braces cost? It depends on several factors.

How much work the patient needs.

The more severe a patents case is, the more orthodontic work will be required, thus costs may increase. The severity of the case will determine how frequently they will need to visit the orthodontist and over how long a time period.  In more severe cases, headgear or other additional treatments may be required.

What type of braces the patient wants or needs.

Invisalign is a relatively new method of straightening teeth, however, it isn’t right for everyone. (Read more about that here). Traditional metal braces have been around for decades and in general, can be a little less expensive. According to CostHelper.com, the average cost of metal braces in the U.S. is $4,937 without dental insurance and $3,407 with dental insurance.  Align Technology, the medical device company that makes Invisalign braces, estimates treatment costs range from $3,500 to $8,000, or an average of $5,600 nationally without insurance.

Financing Options

Most orthodontists offer to finance, whether through a third-party medical credit service or directly with monthly payments. Although financing can include additional fees or interest charges, they provide a way to spread the cost of braces over a year or more, making braces much more affordable for most patients. A good orthodontist will explain all your options during your consultation so that you can make the right decision for your situation.

Although cost is a very important factor in determining whether braces are right for you or your child, remember that you are investing in a lifetime of self-confidence.  Financing can help spread the cost over time so make an appointment with Dr. Jay Waguespack at one of his three office locations to find out more.