How To Budget For The Perfect Smile

Going to the orthodontist will typically cost you a small fortune.  The journey to a perfect smile costs anywhere from $3,000 to more than $7,000, and orthodontist estimate that up to 75% of all children would benefit from braces.  No wonder that at any given time in the U.S. there are more than four million people wearing braces or receiving some form of orthodontic treatment.  A straight smile is more than just a beauty concern, crooked teeth can also cause serious flossing and gum issues. Now for all those with teenage children or grandchildren planning on straightening his or her teeth, the total cost of braces may cost you more than you might think. Modern day orthodontics are just as expensive as ever and here are a few things you might want to be aware of before straightening your smile.

  •  The average cost of braces in the United States is $4,937 without dental insurance and $3,407 with dental insurance, but correcting a complicated smile can cost you upward of $7,000.
  •  It’s never too late to align  your smile–One in five orthodontics patients are in fact adults.
  • The average U.S. orthodontist earns $196,270 and all charge different fees. Be sure to consider multiple options and certain treatments. Prices are usually negotiable.
  • The average span for orthodontic treatment is 23 months—consider a payment plan over the course of your treatment. Most orthodontists are more than willing to accommodate your needs.
  • Most dental insurances do not cover orthodontic treatments for those over 18. However for those under 18, most health plans account for at least a small percentage if the cost. At most 50% of costs will be covered if you’re lucky, so be willing pay out of pocket.
  •  Be aware of unexpected costs—Getting braces may also be accompanied with replacing old fillings, x-rays and deep cleanings that can add to your expected cost.
  • If you’re ready to consider alternatives—Metal Braces are the most common, but are also the most visible. Alternatives include Invisiline and lingual braces, however, these are much more expensive than regular braces. Consider nearby colleges or universities with an orthodontics program. You could still receive high-quality care for a fraction of the price.

Smile bright. Smile straight. But whatever you do- Smile within your budget.

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