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What Determines the Cost of Braces?

Ladera Ranch, CA – The average cost of braces today ranges between $3,000 and $6,000. What contributes to that price range? Ladera Ranch orthodontists, Dr. Robert Gire and Dr. Reza Salmassian explain.

Prices for braces vary throughout the country and there are several factors at play for why that is. The age you are when you begin treatment, your location in the country, your insurance benefits, the type of treatment you choose, and the skill and expertise of your orthodontist all contribute to the overall cost. Let’s break some of those factors down.

Most people undergo orthodontic treatment during their adolescent years. While you can seek treatment at any age, there is a reason why most people you see in braces are younger – that’s because it generally tends to be easier, and therefore more cost effective, to undergo treatment while you are still growing. The majority of alignment issues are easier to correct when your orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws. If you wait until after your jaws have stopped growing, treatment can still be effective but it may be more involved and take longer, thereby possibly making it more costly.

Where you are in the country also plays a role in the cost of braces. If you are in an area where the cost of living is higher, for instance Manhattan, you’ll most likely be paying more for braces than someone in Bismarck, North Dakota.

A dental insurance plan that has orthodontic benefits can also help shave off some of the final cost. If you or your child need braces, take a good look at your insurance plan to see what is covered. Most insurance companies now realize orthodontic treatment is about more than just cosmetics, so many will cover a portion of treatment. However, you may be limited as to what type of treatment will be covered. For instance, metal braces may be a 100% covered benefit but some clear braces or clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign, may require an additional upgrade or fee.

The cost of treatment also varies depending on which treatment method you opt for. Standard metal braces are generally the most cost effective, but Invisalign is increasing in popularity and is becoming more affordable. According to Value Penguin, the average cost is as follows:

  • Metal braces – $3,000-$6,000
  • Ceramic or clear – $4,000-$8,000
  • Invisalign – $3,000-$8,000
  • Lingual – $8,000-$10,000

The experience and knowledge of your orthodontist can also contribute to the cost of treatment. For instance, seeing a board certified orthodontist with over a decade of experience may be more expensive than treatment from a general dentist who also offers some orthodontic options in their general dental office. That’s because the orthodontist is a specialist in the field of orthodontics, and a board certified orthodontist has proven a high level of commitment to providing exceptional care. That means you’ll be treated in an office with cutting edge technology and an orthodontist who has the most advanced training. Customized treatment plans and exceptional results come from experience, so it is important to look at knowledge and expertise and not just cost. Stability of the teeth will likely be different as well. Orthodontists ensure the roots and crowns of the teeth are finished in the most ideal position, thereby ensuring future stability and less chance of relapse.

“When it comes to your smile, you want to be sure you are seeing someone who has the skill and knowledge needed to help you get the smile you deserve,” says Dr. Gire. “You can get quotes from three different orthodontists that are totally different, but when you compare the depth of their experience, the types of materials used, and these other factors into the quotes, it can help you make the right decision for your smile.”

If you are interested in a complimentary consultation, call Ladera Orthodontics today at 949-272-8782.

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