When your child’s dentist suggests correcting your child’s teeth with braces, you may be concerned about the cost. Even with insurance, the cost of braces can be higher than your insurance plan may cover. In fact, the average cost of the most affordable type of braces is $3,407.
At Kool Smiles, we make paying for braces affordable with a variety of payment options. Keep reading to learn how much teeth braces cost with insurance and other types of payment.
With insurance, your child’s braces treatment can still end up costing you in out-of-pocket costs such as copays, deductibles and coinsurance. Here are the typical costs of different types of braces:
There are fewer complications with traditional braces than other types. All orthodontists should be comfortable working with them. Patients can choose clear bands for a fairly subtle appearance or bands of any color of the rainbow to allow for self-expression. With fixed metal braces there’s nothing for kids to lose (as with plastic aligners) or nothing to cause speech difficulties (as with Damon braces).
Why do some people choose these? Ceramic braces tend to blend in better with teeth, while plastic braces are “invisible,” so to speak, from a conversational distance. Self-ligating braces, which don’t require the elastic bands, used to be a slightly less noticeable option than traditional braces. But the use of clear elastic bands has made that advantage a bit obsolete. Worth noting, though: it’s been reported that people using self-ligating braces had far fewer orthodontist appointments, which may be a cost advantage.
The bottom line? Even with a dental insurance plan, many families may still be faced with expenses for their children’s braces. They may also get a different estimate from their children’s dentist or orthodontist depending on a number of factors. So you may be wondering—is it all really necessary?
It’s recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) that your child see an orthodontist by age seven. That’s because many problems can be caught early and treated in a shorter time period. Some issues may even be totally prevented with early intervention.
A clear sign your child needs to see an orthodontist? Malocclusions, or “bad bites.” These include:
While expensive up front, braces may have lifelong and money saving benefits for early wearers in the long run. It’s also worth considering that “bad bites” can have pretty stiff social consequences for kids and adults alike. Research has shown that people with “normal” bites were rated as “most attractive, intelligent, agreeable and extraverted, whereas persons with an underbite were rated as least attractive, intelligent and extraverted.”
Braces alone don’t account for the full cost of orthodontic treatment. Here are other potential expenses that come with teeth-straightening.
Other potential price pitfalls include:
Overall, the best way to get the most accurate estimate for your child’s braces treatment is by consulting with your child’s dentist or orthodontist about:
Typically, if your child requires serious dental work, such as corrections for under/overbite or crowding, your child may need a longer braces treatment, which can cost extra.
When you visit Kool Smiles, you won’t have to worry about the high cost of teeth braces with or without insurance. The health of your child’s teeth is important to us, which is why we provide affordable, high-quality dental services for children across the country.
You can expect affordable, quality dental care at all our locations. When you go in for your no-cost braces consultation with a Kool Smiles orthodontist, our dental professionals can provide you with all the information you’ll need to make the right decision for your child’s dental needs.
At many Kool Smiles locations, we have in-house orthodontists who can provide affordable braces treatment for your child. We can work with your budget, and we accept most types of insurance, as well as offer payment plans if you don’t have coverage.
For more information about the teeth braces cost with insurance and our orthodontic services, give us a call at 254-781-0553 today.
American Association of Orthodontists: s3.amazonaws.com/mlmsz/pdfs/PTWF_Grow_Child-17-hl.pdf
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:
Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/braces/about/pac-20384607
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