Generally people need braces because there is something wrong with their teeth alignment. But there are many reasons that problems with teeth alignment can occur.
Some people just have genetics that influences their teeth, making them more prone to certain oral problems. Other problems arise from external factors that we allow to negatively affect our teeth.
Whatever your circumstances, whether you’re younger or older, it is never too late to seek the orthodontic care you need to be more comfortable and confident. Many people worry about paying for braces though, keeping themselves from getting the care they need. But with some research on your part and understanding your insurance plan, you can have a pretty good idea of how much braces will cost you.
Explore this Article
- How Much Do Braces Cost for Adults?
- How Do Braces Cost for Kids?
- How Much Do Braces Cost with or without Insurance?
- How Much Do Braces Cost a Month?
Why a Kid Might Need Braces:
But before we go figuring out how much braces cost, let’s take a look at how to know when you or your child needs a checkup with your orthodontics . . .
Losing Teeth Early
Generally, the age range that kids lose their baby teeth is from 6 to 12 years old. But if they start losing their baby teeth sooner than 6 years old then you might want to take them to get checked out by your orthodontics. Losing baby teeth too early can be a sign of a bigger underlying issue and can affect their jaw and their permanent teeth as they grow older.
When a child has crowded teeth, it means that their mouth doesn’t have enough space for their future adult teeth to come in. Leaving crowded teeth untreated leads to impacted teeth, which is an even bigger problem and involves much more invasive treatment to correct. If you are worried your child’s mouth isn’t going to be big enough for their adult teeth then consult your orthodontist.
Another major variable in teeth alignment and overall mouth health is your jaw structure. Orthodontists don’t just work on teeth, they also work on certain jaw issues. Signs that your child has a jaw-related issue is if they have trouble biting, chewing, and breathing properly.
Sucking on a thumb or pacifier is a common habit for young children. Usually, as a child gets older they grow out of these habits, but some children have a more difficult time with this than others. It is advised that children who suck on thumbs and pacifiers should stop around 6 or 7 years old, if not sooner. If the habit continues past this point there is a chance that their teeth will protrude, creating a misaligned bite.
Why an Adult Might Need Braces:
Children and teenagers aren’t the only ones who need braces and dental care. Adults sometimes need braces as well.
Jaw pain, face pain, headaches, and earaches
Oftentimes a headache is just a headache, but sometimes this can be a sign that an issue with your jaw structure is causing your head pain.
Issues with chewing, speaking, or biting
Similar to children, these kinds of problems can be linked to jaw and teeth issues.
If you find your jaw excessively popping you may want to mention it to your orthodontist.
Different Types of Braces:
If you need treatment at some point you are going to have to choose which kind of braces to get. When people think of braces they usually picture the metal kind, but now there are several other options to choose from.
Which kind of braces you get will affect how long you will have braces and what you will pay for them. Orthodontic treatments have come a long way over the years, and now there are a variety of treatment options, all of which vary in cost, effectiveness, treatment period lengths, and noticeability. Now, Invisalign isn’t the only type of invisible braces.
Metal braces are the traditional kind of braces with metal brackets. They are usually the cheapest option and are the most visible.
Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces, except they go on the back of your teeth instead of the front. This makes them less visible than traditional braces, but not all dentists will do lingual braces.
Ceramic braces are like traditional metal braces except they are made of ceramic instead of metal. They still go on the front of your teeth but because their color is closer to the color of teeth they are less noticeable.
Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are the least noticeable form of braces. They are clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth and get changed out for a new tray every so often. Clear aligners usually cost the most.
Other Orthodontic Services and Treatments:
Though braces are very common, there are a lot of other dental treatments out there. Some of them also relate closely to braces or are treatments that you’ll do after your braces come off.
Retainers are generally used after you have finished your treatment period with braces. Retainers are used to make sure your teeth stay the way your braces have worked to align them as you transition into not wearing braces anymore. Retainers usually have a metal band that hugs your teeth and a plastic mold that is custom-fitted to the roof of your mouth.
If a child loses their baby teeth earlier than normal they might need to use space maintainers. This will keep the spaces between their teeth open so that there is room for the adult teeth to come in later and ensure that their adult teeth grow into the correct spots.
Mouthguards are often worn by athletes while they are playing a sport. An orthodontist can custom fit the mouth guard for maximum protection during games and competitions. You can also buy mouth guards over-the-counter, but they are not as comfortable as a custom-fitted guard and are less effective at protecting an individual’s teeth.
Mouthguards can also be called night guards and can be used by people who grind or clench their teeth in their sleep. Nightguards protect your teeth from damage and pain due to teeth grinding.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
Now that we have determined whether you need braces and talked about the different kinds of braces you can get, it’s time to figure out the cost. The cost of braces and treatment is going to depend on several different variables:
- The type of braces you get
- Whether you’re an adult or a child
- How long you’re going to need them
- What kind of dental issue needs correcting
- Your dental insurance
- Your orthodontist
- Your region
These types of factors will all weigh in on how much you end up spending on braces. Metal braces are usually the least expensive option while clear aligners, like Invisalign, are going to be the most expensive option. Orthodontic treatment for children generally costs a little less than it does for adults, but this will also depend on your orthodontist. The longer you need to have braces and the more severe the problem is the more expensive the overall treatment is going to be as well because these will require more work from the orthodontist and more appointments.
Lastly, factors like your insurance company, the orthodontist you use, and where you live can also factor into how much you spend on braces. Different insurance policies will provide different coverage for braces, different orthodontist offices will have their own prices in place, and sometimes more rural areas end up being cheaper than busier ones.
How much do braces cost for adults?
Regular metal braces for an adult can cost anywhere between $4,000 and $5,000.
How much do braces cost for kids?
Regular metal braces for kids can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on how much treatment their teeth need.
How much do braces cost with or without insurance?
It is always going to be helpful to have insurance to cover the cost of braces. So make sure you contact your insurance and understand what they will and won’t cover so you can get your maximum benefits. With insurance, your braces can cost closer to $3,407, while the average cost of braces without insurance is $4,937.
How much do braces cost a month?
The cost of your monthly payments will depend on whatever plan you have with your orthodontist, your insurance, and what the overall cost of your braces end up being.
How to Figure Out the Cost For YOU
Whatever braces you choose will depend on what needs to be fixed, your pocket, and your preference. After figuring out what needs to be fixed and what your preferences are you can easily figure out the possible demand on your pocket by following two simple steps.
But before you go calling your orthodontist office and your insurance makes sure you know ahead of time whether you need braces, how severe your case is or how long you will probably need them for, and which kind of braces you would like to use. Then you will simply:
- Check with your insurance to see what they will and won’t cover.
- Contact your orthodontist (or various ones if you’re searching) to see what all their options, payment plans, and costs are. Some orthodontists will have a monthly payment plan you can take advantage of.
Taking care of all aspects of our health, including our teeth, is an important part of being a healthy human being. Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, but by knowing your options and asking the right questions you can be on top of your orthodontic plans.
Check out Angie’s List to see more about different treatment types and their costs.
Read more about the pros and cons of different braces types.
Visit the American Association of Orthodontics to see answers to frequently asked orthodontic questions.
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