f there’s one question that we get all the time in our field, it’s the question of finances. How much will the treatment cost? Will our insurance help cover the expenses? Is the result worth the price of the treatment? These are all valid concerns. After all, nobody wants to pay an arm and a leg to get their teeth straightened!
When it comes to the cost of braces, however, there’s no simple answer. The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on several factors. Read on as we address those factors and give you a general overview of what you can expect when it comes time to pay.
First, the cost of braces depends heavily on what type of braces you receive. You may not be aware of it, but there are actually various types available to consumers. Here at Noble Orthodontics, we offer our patients three different options: traditional metal, ceramic, or invisible. Let’s do a quick rundown on each of these types.
- These are the most common among orthodontic patients. The steel brackets and archwires straighten your teeth, allowing for personalization with colored bands.
- More fragile than the steel, ceramic braces are less visible, making them the ideal option for those with aesthetic concerns. They are larger, however, and prone to discoloration if not properly cared for.
- Some people want their braces completely invisible, and that’s entirely possible with Invisalign and other similar aligners! Not only are they clear, but they’re removable.
Now let’s take a look at some of the variables that affect the overall cost of braces:
- Type of Braces. Naturally, which of the three options listed above will affect the bottom line. Traditional metal braces tend to be cheaper, while ceramic and invisible aligners trend higher in price.
- Duration of Treatment. The more misaligned your teeth are at the beginning of treatment, the longer you’ll have to have braces on. The longer you have braces on, the more adjustments will have to be made and the more office appointments you’ll need to make. The duration (and cost) depends almost entirely on the severity of treatment.
- Insurance Coverage. Most insurance plans will cover standard orthodontic procedures up through age 18. Double-check the status of your coverage before jumping into treatment.
According to Oral B, braces may fall into the following price brackets before insurance:
- Metal: $3,000 – 7,000
- Ceramic: $4,000 – 8,000
- Invisalign: $4,000 – 7,400
We invite you to visit us here at Noble Orthodontics. We offer easy financing and a section of payment plans. Your treatment fee covers x-rays, orthodontic appointment, retainers, and one year of follow-up visits. Contact us today to get started!