There are several options with braces, but the one thing that stays the same no matter what you choose is that orthodontic treatment is a wonderful investment in your child’s oral health – and even their overall wellbeing. Having properly aligned teeth lowers the risk of cavities and gum disease, facilitates proper speaking and eating, and also boosts your teen’s self-confidence.
Just like any great investment, braces also come at a cost that you may need to plan for. Keep reading to find out about the most common factors driving the cost of orthodontic treatment.
#1: The Type of Braces
The two main types of braces are the traditional metal type – probably what you think of when you think of braces – and Invisalign aligners, which are clear and removable.
Traditional braces are often more affordable than Invisalign, which offers increased convenience and more subtlety. Invisalign is typically a better option for adults and responsible, older teens, as its removable nature increases the risk the trayas of getting lost or damaged.
#2: The Complexity of the Case
Of course, people who only have minor misalignments (like slight gaps between teeth, crowding, etc.) can expect to have a quicker treatment than those with more complex cases. And a longer treatment time also means more appointments with the dentist and generally more required supplies – which all leads to a greater cost.
#3: Available Discounts or Savings
Some dental offices will run occasional deals on braces or specials for multiple family members. Even if they are not advertising anything at the moment, you can always ask about potential discounts available on your child’s braces.
#4: Insurance Coverage
Dental insurance will usually cover a portion of traditional braces (usually not Invisalign), which will bring down the amount you have to pay. To find out how much you can expect to save on treatment, work with your dentist’s office or call your dental insurance provider directly.
#5: Location, Location, Location
And, finally, just like with anything else, where you live plays a factor in how much you will pay for your child’s braces. The area cost of living can certainly impact what you pay for orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, Flower Mound is a pretty affordable place for many families!
As this post has detailed, the cost of braces can vary widely based on several factors. But, no matter the price, remember that you are paying for a healthy, beautiful smile that will serve your child for life! Don’t wait to get in touch with an orthodontist to discuss your family’s options in braces.
Meet the Dentist
KidSmiles Dental and Orthodontics is a top pediatric dental practice offering excellence in care for children and teens. Drs. Neil and Rogers offer a variety of options in braces, including Invisalign. Kids love the fun atmosphere, while teens appreciate the down-to-earth approach — and, above all, parents appreciate our convenient, affordable care. For more information about the cost of braces for your teen or to book an appointment, reach out via their website or by phone at (972)-884-5450.