How much do traditional metal braces cost?
If you’ve ever wondered about braces for yourself or your child, one of the first questions that probably came to mind is: How much do they cost?
To find out the exact cost of traditional braces, consider a few variables: treatment length, complexity of the case, and insurance.
Someone who has had orthodontic work as a child but forgot to wear his retainer may just need some minor tweaks. Orthodontists often fix those with a retainer or a couple months of braces.
That type of case will be much different than one where a child needs full treatment and will wear braces for a year to a year-and-a-half versus or an adult with a very complex case requiring appliances, braces, or even surgical help.
Since each case is different, it’s hard to provide an exact cost range. Each variable is factored individually.
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The best way to find out how much braces will cost is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist, which is often free. At a consultation, the orthodontist will look at everything that is bothering you and discuss options from an ideal treatment to minor corrections. The orthodontic office will look into your orthodontic coverage, which can bring the cost down significantly.
Often, patients who want braces aren’t necessarily sure they will fit into their budgets. But, I have never seen a patient that really wanted them leave not able to pay for them.
Orthodontists can work with patients’ budgets to include no-interest financing or spreading payments out over many months. Spreading out payments sometimes goes significantly over treatment time but helps patients work within their budget.
So, if the goal is to have the treatment, don’t get hung up on the cost because orthodontists can work with you within your budget to get the treatment you need. A mom came in the other day with her daughter who we are working with. The mom had braces years ago but hadn’t worn her retainer. She noticed a small space started to open between here teeth and inquired of how she could fix it. She had been told by another orthodontic office that she may need full treatment again and it could take six to nine months. But, due to the lack of severity of her case, we fixed it with a retainer and it only took two weeks. The cost wasn’t too bad, either. That’s one end of the spectrum. On the other end of the spectrum, we treat children with skeletal imbalances, multiple teeth that need help coming in. Their treatment may last upwards of three years. In those types of cases, cost is going to be a little bit higher, but, with insurance and the option to spread out payments, it’s not as bad as people initially think.
If you’re still wondering about what to do, we have many testimonials on our website of patients who came in expecting it to be a lot worse than it was. I encourage you to read those here.
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Traditional Braces Costs