Keep in mind, insurance coverage will vary, but our team can help you understand what you costs will be.
CareCredit is a health and wellness card that acts like a credit card and allows you to make monthly payments on healthcare treatments and procedures. This makes it easy to finance your child’s dental care needs.
Cost of Braces: What Are My Options?
If you’re considering braces, you’re likely familiar with traditional metal braces, the ones that are placed on the front of you or your child’s teeth, but this isn’t the only option. There are a few different ways you can have your teeth straightened and the costs for each vary. Here’s what you can expect:
- Traditional metal braces can cost anywhere from $3,000–$7,000 and are often the least expensive option. You can also choose colored or clear braces. Clear braces may be more expensive, but are less visible.
- Lingual braces are virtually invisible and placed on the back of teeth, which makes them more popular among adults than children. Not everyone can get lingual braces, so talk to your orthodontist to see if they might be a good fit for you and your lifestyle. They’re pricier and cost between $8,000–$10,000.
- Ceramic braces are considered clear braces because they blend with the color of teeth and are less noticeable. They work the same way as traditional braces, but use ceramic material instead of metal and can cost between $4,000–$8,000.
The affordable orthodontists at Kool Smiles can walk you through your options and help you determine what type of braces is right for your teeth and budget.
Why Is Orthodontic Treatment So Important?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on correcting the alignment of teeth and jaws. Dentists and orthodontists go through the same training initially, but an orthodontist gets an extra two to three years of education to receive a license to practice orthodontics. Orthodontic services help prevent against diseases and illnesses that can result from crowded or misaligned teeth.
About 90% of school-age children have some degree of malocclusion (or teeth that are not aligned properly with the jaw), and an orthodontist can help boost your child’s self-confidence by straightening out his or her smile with braces. You should go to a pediatric or general dentist for routine cleaning exams and to treat cavities, but if there is a need for more treatment, seeing an orthodontist might be necessary.
Your child’s dentist may recommend a consultation with an orthodontist if the child has:
- An overbite/underbite/crossbite—If these issues are not fixed, your child could stress the jaw bone, develop issues with chewing and experience headaches or inflammation.
- An open bite where top and bottom teeth don’t connect when biting down—Considered a malocclusion, this can be corrected with therapy or braces.
- Crooked teeth—Often this is caused by overcrowding. The best way to combat this problem is to straighten them out at a young age, which is why braces are recommended for children with crooked teeth.
- Spacing between teeth—Having gaps between teeth is common and is called diastema. Often, this occurs between the two front teeth and, typically, it does not require orthodontic treatment, but if you want to improve your smile, you may want to close the gaps.
What to Expect from Getting Braces
Once the orthodontist takes a look at your child’s teeth during a no-cost consultation and sees a problem, they may recommend dental work to correct the issue, such as: