How Much do Braces Cost?
A primary consideration of orthodontic treatment is how much braces cost. There is no explicit answer to this question, as the cost will typically vary for each patient. The cost of braces depends on a few important factors, such as type of braces and duration of treatment. The cost may also vary among different orthodontic practices. Patients who wish to learn more about the cost of braces should schedule an orthodontist consultation for more information.
Cost of Braces
The cost of braces will primarily depend on the type of braces chosen. Traditional metal braces are typically the least expensive form of braces, as they require the least expensive materials. Application and maintenance for traditional braces is standard practice which typically does not require special considerations. Invisible braces such as Invisalign and ceramic braces are more costly than metal braces, primarily due to materials and processes. Lingual braces, which are applied to the back of the teeth instead of the front, are among the most expensive types of braces. This is primarily due to the more complex nature of these braces and the need for special care and maintenance.
The following is a rough guideline of the cost of different types of braces:
- Metal braces: $3,500 – $6,000
- Invisible braces such as Invisalign: $3,500 – $6,000
- Ceramic braces: $4,000 – $6,500
- Lingual braces: $8,000 – $10,000
Some dental insurance companies provide coverage for braces. This can help to reduce a patient’s out-of-pocket expenses during orthodontic treatment. In some cases, orthodontic insurance coverage provides orthodontic patients with a lifetime maximum amount which remains separate from regular dental insurance. Those whose dental insurance does not cover orthodontic treatment may wish to obtain separate orthodontic insurance to help with the cost of braces.
Most orthodontists will offer certain options for financing braces. One of the most common ways of financing braces is a monthly payment plan. In many cases, patients will make their first payment at the beginning of treatment, and the remainder of payments for braces are split up to cover the remainder of the cost by the time the treatment is finished.
Orthodontists Fee Plan
Orthodontists Fee Plan (OFP) is a special third party payment plan that can be customized for orthodontic treatments. Through the Orthodontists Fee Plan, patients may be exempt from a down payment. Additionally, monthly payments may be reduced and spread out over a longer period of time than the duration of the braces treatment process. Orthodontists typically share the cost of the loan, which minimizes the finance charges for patients. The Orthodontics Fee Plan is endorsed by the American Association of Orthodontics. Patients should ask their orthodontist whether or not they participate in the Orthodontists Fee Plan.
Randy Gittess graduated from Medical College of Virginia in Richmond to become a Doctor of Dental Sergury and later discovered his passion for orthodontics and went on to specialize in Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia where he received his certificate in orthodontics. Dr. Gittess is also Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a special distinction among orthodontists.
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