How to Find a Low Cost Orthodontist

The cost of traditional metal braces for children can range anywhere from $3,000 to $7,500 if not covered by insurance. Although this seems expensive, there are ways to find affordable treatment with a low-cost orthodontist.

At Kool Smiles, we provide affordable braces and low-cost dental care to kids, as well as a no-cost orthodontics consultation to determine if your child needs braces.

Factors that Impact the Cost of Braces

Several factors determine how much braces will cost including insurance coverage, the type of braces chosen and your child’s dental condition.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance will typically cover the cost, or at least part of the cost, of braces if they are needed for medical reasons. If they are needed for cosmetic reasons, then insurance will not likely cover them.

If they are needed for medical reasons and you don’t have insurance or they are not covered under your policy, the cost is usually tax deductible.

Types of Braces

Orthodontists may recommend several alternatives to traditional metal braces that can vary in price. Damon braces, invisible aligners, ceramic braces and lingual braces can run anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000.

Your Child’s Dental Condition

Depending on your child’s dental condition and how severely the teeth are crowded, the overall cost of braces can rise if your child needs to wear braces for a longer period of time.

Affordable Payment Options at Kool Smiles

  • Insurance—Check with your insurance provider to find out if your plan covers orthodontic treatment. Braces are typically covered by dental insurance if they are needed for medical reasons, but it’s best to check with your insurance provider.
  • Government Funded Programs—Medicaid, TRICARE and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) can provide free or lower-cost coverage orthodontic procedures to uninsured families. Check with your state because government funded programs differ in what is covered from state to state.
  • Cash, Credit or CareCredit—Most orthodontists, including all Kool Smiles offices, will accept these forms of payment. We’ll even help you apply for CareCredit when you visit one of our offices.

Find Low Cost Orthodontics at Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles has over 120 locations around the country. Many of our locations have in-house orthodontists that can provide no-cost consultations for kids needing braces.

We always keep our prices affordable so that more kids have access to quality dental care. Find a location that offers orthodontics near you, or call us today to schedule a no-cost, orthodontic consultation.

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Sources:

Colgate Oral Care Center: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/article/sw-281474979360052

IRS: https://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html#en_US_2014_publink1000178923

CareCredit: http://www.carecredit.com