To many teenagers, braces are a rite of passage. These signify a stage of one’s life when sacrifices have to be made, in order to look good, or at least have better overall dental health. Braces can, after all, be a painful experience and would need getting used to. To most parents, however, braces mean spending money every month for at least two years. Having a child on braces can be a worthwhile investment, though. Orthodontic treatments result in a better smile and a better bite.
Orthodontic treatments don’t all cost the same, though. Depending on the type of treatment and the professional fee that an orthodontist will charge, braces can cost several thousand dollars in total. Here are a few tips in learning how much braces will cost.
Type of treatment. Before you can find a good estimate of how much your braces will cost, it’s best to consult your orthodontist on what exact treatment you will be needing. Different disorders will require different types of treatments. Whether your teeth are overcrowded, too widely-spaced apart, or if your jaw needs some adjustment, the materials and the skill involved will vary, along with the total cost of treatment.
Professional fees. Your orthodontist’s professional fees would make up a big part of the price of your braces. You would have to visit your orthodontist at least once a month to twice a week (depending on the treatment). The orthodontist might prefer to charge you per visit, or he can include his professional fee as part of the package. Remember to ask about this, as you wouldn’t want to be surprised with extra costs per visit.
Material. Depending on the material the dentist will be using on your orthodontic application, prices might also vary. New developments in orthodontic treatment include materials that are less visible than the traditional steel or titanium brackets and bands. These might be more expensive, though.
Payment schemes. Before starting any orthodontic treatment, ask your orthodontist about payment schemes. Your braces will stay on your mouth for at least two years, and after that you might have to wear retainers or other appliances. It might make sense for you to spread the cost of the braces over the course of two years, rather than make a one-time payment. Your orthodontist might be able to give you a discount for lump sum payments, though.
Compare with friends. One way to have a good estimate of how much braces would cost is by comparing notes with someone who has the same condition. If your friend has a similar orthodontic problem as yours, then in all likelihood, the orthodontist would implement similar interventions and materials. You can also ask your friend to refer you to his orthodontist for an appointment and estimate. The costs may not exactly be the same, but at least you know what to expect.
Orthodontic treatment is something that is not only aesthetic in nature, but can also help with overall health. It might mean expensive treatments, but if you spread the costs over a few years, then the monthly price would most definitely be reduced.