It’s probably the first question you ask your orthodontist when he or she tells you your teenager needs braces – how much do braces cost? It’s not a cut and dry answer because it depends on several things. Many people are led to believe that braces too expensive and not worth the investment which is a huge myth about orthodontics that has been debunked by
“Prices may vary from orthodontist to orthodontist based on many things, such as their location, the complexity of the individual’s case and, the type of braces that are chosen.” says Alpharetta orthodontist Dr. Nima.
The average cost for braces based on type:
- Metal braces – between $5,000 and $5,500. The average cost for standard metal braces without dental insurance is $5,250, and with insurance is $3,750.
- Ceramic braces – between $5,500 and $6,000. The average cost without insurance is $5,750 and with insurance is $4,250.
- Invisalign – between $4,500 and $6,000. The average cost without insurance is $5,250, and with insurance is $3,750.
So why the wide range in cost? Dr. Nima says, “It not only comes down to the orthodontist, but to the patient as well.
“The average time spent in braces is 18-24 months,” says Dr. Nima. “However, it can take longer or shorter depending on your specific needs, and your compliance with the instructions that are given to you.”
When it comes to paying for braces or Invisalign, Dr. Nima suggests that parents begin by checking which orthodontist accepts their insurance. If you have dental insurance and your coverage includes braces, this will significantly lower your out of pocket expense by $1,000 to $2,000. If you don’t have private insurance, take the time to carefully research providers and find one who will work with you.
Orthodontists know that a straight smile means a healthy smile, and never want cost to prevent patients from undergoing treatment. Many orthodontists will offer payment schedules to allow treatment costs to fit into your budget. Even with insurance coverage, it might be difficult for the average family to pay the costs directly out of pocket. Dr. Nima understands this and offers in house, interest free payment plans that can comfortably fit into any budget.
Dr. Nima’s staff will provide a complimentary benefits check at your initial consultation to determine your coverage level, allowing you to make the most informed decision about which treatment option to pursue.
While the cost of braces may vary greatly, so can the results. Be sure to not only research cost, but also the skill level of your orthodontist before making a final decision. If you are looking for an orthodontist who can provide a beautiful and perfectly functioning smile at an affordable price, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nima today.