The average cost of traditional metal braces for teeth ranges from $3,000 to $7,000. Metal braces are the most common and cheapest option for dental braces.
Each child’s treatment is different, which is why the price may range—if one child requires more orthodontic care than another, the price will be higher.
Below you’ll find frequently asked questions about braces costs and answers to help guide you through this process.
Braces are a big investment, but one worth making if your child’s teeth are crooked or have alignment issues. The following list of questions and answers can help you make the best decision regarding your child’s smile.
What options does my child have to straighten his or her teeth?
Today, kids have several options when it comes to braces. Besides traditional metal braces ($3,000–$7,000), your child may also have the option of:
Ceramic braces—Ceramic braces work the same way that metal braces do, but the brackets and wiring of ceramic braces are clear or teeth-colored, making them less noticeable than metal braces. Ceramic and metal braces usually take the same amount of time to work and range from $4,000 to $8,000.
Lingual braces—Currently, lingual braces are rare because insurance doesn’t typically cover them and many orthodontists do not offer them. Lingual braces (also called behind-teeth or hidden braces) are fitted to the backs of teeth, instead of the front, making them invisible. Lingual braces can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000.
Invisible braces—Invisible braces (commonly referred to as Invisalign) are made of clear plastic that fit perfectly over teeth. In most cases, invisible braces can only be used on patients with minor alignment issues, and they cost anywhere between $4,000 to $7,400.
Is it true that metal braces will align my child’s teeth faster than invisible braces?
In most cases, metal and ceramic braces will work faster than invisible braces at straightening teeth. Plus, invisible braces are not always an option, especially if your child has severely misaligned teeth.
Why do people choose invisible braces?
Although invisible braces take longer to straighten teeth, many people choose them for their cosmetic benefits. Unlike metal braces, invisible braces are hard to see and can be removed while eating and drinking. They can also be removed for special occasions such as picture day or prom.
What foods can my child eat with braces?
Take a look at some of the foods that are okay for your child to eat:
Does dental insurance cover braces for children?
It depends on your insurance plan.Most insurance plans (including Medicaid) will cover at least some of the cost of braces if:
Your child is younger than 21 years old
Your child’s braces are considered medically necessary
It’s important to speak with your dentist or orthodontist to determine if your insurance or Medicaid will cover the cost of braces for your child.
Where can I find an orthodontist that accepts Medicaid?
Kool Smiles is a network of general and pediatric dentists that have some orthodontists in specific offices. This list shows the locations that currently offer orthodontics.
Schedule a Braces Appointment at Kool Smiles Today
At Kool Smiles, we offer a variety of payment options to help you afford braces. We accept Medicaid, TRICARE, SCHIP, and state-specific plans at every location, as well as most major private insurance providers.