If your child needs braces, price is one of the first things that comes to mind. Braces will typically cost somewhere between $3,000 and $7,000, but the dentists at Kool Smiles make it more affordable than you may think.
Many different factors can decide the final price you pay, and an orthodontist or dentist can give you a better estimate.
Figuring Out the Price of Braces
Most permanent teeth have come in around the age of 12—which is when it’s time to start considering braces. If your child needs braces, here are some questions and answers to help guide you through the process.
Q. Are Metal Braces the Cheapest Ones to Get?
Metal braces are normally the cheapest, but you should talk with your dentist or orthodontist before making a decision. Ceramic braces also fall in a similar price range, but they break more easily than metal. This can mean more trips to the dentist and possibly higher costs.
Q. Why Is There a Difference in Pricing?
Several factors affect the price of braces including location, dental provider, and what the braces are made of. A dentist in a smaller town might be cheaper than a dentist in a larger city. Whether the braces are made of metal, ceramic or are clear also affect the price.
The orthodontist you choose for your child will be able to explain the difference in prices.
Q. Will My Dental Insurance Pay for Braces?
Hopefully, your insurance will contribute to the cost of braces, but most plans don’t cover “cosmetic procedures.” That means insurance won’t pay for the procedure if there isn’t a medical need for the braces.
Q. We’re on Medicaid —Can Our Child Get Braces?
Medicaid works similarly to private insurance in this case. If there’s a medical reason for the braces, it’s possible your benefits will help with the cost.
Kool Smiles accepts Medicaid at all our locations for general dental care. Because Medicaid differs from state to state, braces are not always covered in every state. To determine if Medicaid will cover your child’s braces, contact Kool Smiles.
Q. Are there Other Costs Beyond the Actual Braces?
Sometimes, there are additional costs other than the actual braces, including exams, x-rays, anesthetic, or readjustment. It’s always a good idea to ask about these things when you get a consultation on braces so there are no surprise charges along the way.
Q. Does Kool Smiles Offer Braces?
Yes, we do! We have orthodontists on staff in many of our locations that offer no-cost consultations for kids who might need braces.
Just thinking about the price of dental braces can be overwhelming, but that’s why we’re here. Give us a call and schedule a no-cost braces consultation today.
Several Kool Smiles locations have on-site orthodontists that accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and CHIP. However, because Medicaid rules differ from state to state, orthodontic services may not be covered by Medicaid at every Kool…