How Much Do Braces Cost?
For many children, braces are a necessity for healthy, happy smiles, which can leave parents wondering how much braces for teeth cost. Traditional dental braces range from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on the type of braces your child gets and how long they have to wear them.
At Kool Smiles, we offer no-cost braces consultations to figure out which braces treatment is right for your child.
- During the consultation, we answer any questions you have about the cost of braces, with or without insurance.
- Every Kool Smiles location accepts many payment options including cash, credit card or CareCredit.
- We also accept most insurance providers, Medicaid and TRICARE for general dental care.
Cost of Braces for Teeth for Children
There are multiple types of dental braces available for children and teens, including:
- Traditional metal braces—Although traditional metal braces are the most noticeable type, they are the least expensive orthodontic treatment option. Traditional braces can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on whether or not you have insurance coverage. Traditional braces also require frequent visits to the orthodontist, which can drive up the cost.
- Damon braces—This type of braces has no steel tie to hold the wires between the brackets, instead the brackets clamp onto the wires to hold them in place. Damon braces don't require as many orthodontist visits, but they can be more expensive—with average costs up to $8,000 without insurance.
- Invisible aligners—Clear aligners look similar to a mouthguard but work like traditional braces to shift teeth. They are almost invisible and your child will be able to eat or drink normally while wearing them. Invisible aligners are one of the more expensive braces options for kids teeth, ranging from $4,000 to $7,400 without insurance.
- Ceramic braces—Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces except the brackets are made from clear or tooth-colored ceramic. Ceramic braces are less noticeable than traditional braces but can stain easily if not cleaned properly. Ceramic braces usually move teeth faster than other options, like clear plastic aligners, but this type of braces can cost more than other orthodontic treatment options—with the average cost ranging from $4,000 to $8,000.
- Lingual braces—Lingual braces, or braces that are placed behind the teeth, are similar to traditional braces, but instead of being fixed to the front of your teeth, they are placed behind them. Lingual braces are invisible but can be more difficult to clean and are expensive—ranging from $8,000 to $10,000.
What is the cost of braces for adults?
In most cases, insurance does not cover the cost of braces for adults, making out-of-pocket costs higher for adults who need braces. For more detailed information on adult braces, speak with your orthodontist or dentist.
Paying for Braces for Teeth With or Without Insurance
Whether or not you have insurance, the best way to find out if the cost of braces is to call Kool Smiles. If your family does not have dental insurance and an orthodontist determines that your child's braces are medically necessary, the cost is usually tax deductible.
If your child's braces are medically necessary and you are covered by Medicaid, the cost of braces for teeth may be covered. Kool Smiles is a dental practice for children that offers orthodontics in several locations. We accept most forms of insurance, including state-specific plans, like Medicaid and SCHIP.
If your family does not have dental insurance, you have options. Kool Smiles offers payment plans and accepts CareCredit, which helps you fit dental care into your budget.
Call Kool Smiles today to set up your child's no-cost braces consultation! We will work with you to find an affordable option—with or without insurance coverage.
American Association of Orthodontists: https://www.aaoinfo.org/news/2015/07/aao-leads-effort-establish-consistency-medically-necessary-orthodontic-care