It’s difficult to estimate how much your child’s braces will cost per month. The average cost for braces treatment without insurance is between $3,000 and $7,000. The monthly payment amount will depend on the type of braces, the duration of treatment, and the duration of the payment plan.
For a precise quote on the cost of braces without insurance for your child, schedule a consultation with a Kool Smiles Kids Club partner dentist.
The cost per month of your child’s braces will depend on:
At Kool Smiles, we have a large network of partner dentists who are welcoming new patients – with and without insurance. Kool Smiles’ partner dentists aim to provide top-quality care for all children, and they make dental care accessible by:
If you are insured, it’s important to note that your coverage may not extend to your child’s braces treatment. If your child’s braces treatment isn’t medically necessary (i.e., if it’s for cosmetic reasons), then it’s unlikely that your insurance provider will help with the cost.
There are several reasons that your child may need braces:
In many cases, braces are medically necessary. An issue with teeth alignment or jaw position, if neglected, can lead to serious problems, like:
Braces are costly, but in cases where they’re medically necessary, opting to forgo treatment can lead to more serious, more costly issues in the future.
Traditional metal braces are the least costly type of braces. As we touched on earlier, metal braces usually cost between $3,000 and $7,000. Other options include:
Traditional metal braces are the most cost-efficient option for families without insurance, but if you’d like to know more about each type, consult your local Kool Smiles partner dentist.
In preparing your child’s braces treatment and aftercare, the dentist may recommend additional procedures. Each additional procedure may carry its own cost. Common add-ons include:
Your dentist or orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan to suit your child’s unique needs.
Children typically get braces between the ages of 10 and 14. The rates at which children lose their baby teeth and get their permanent teeth vary, so some children get braces earlier or later than average.
The duration of treatment depends on the severity of misalignment and the type of braces you choose. Treatment with fixed braces typically takes between 12 and 24 months, while treatment with invisible aligners usually takes between 12 and 36 months.
Keep in mind that a removable retainer may be required when the treatment is complete.
Your dentist can offer a precise answer, but you should expect to schedule adjustment appointments every few weeks. The adjustments are a necessary part of treatment with braces as they keep the teeth moving toward their target positions.
The number of adjustments depends on the type of braces. Expect more adjustments with lingual braces.
Medicaid coverage varies from state-to-state. However, children’s dental care is covered under Medicaid as a federal mandate, as long as it’s medically necessary.
Kool Smiles’ partner dentists welcome patients with and without Medicaid.
In some cases, discount programs may be available. Speak with a team member at your local Kool Smiles Kids Club partner clinic about discount programs and payment options.
If your child needs to see an orthodontist, a Kool Smiles partner dentist will gladly refer you to a great orthodontist in your area