If you’re wondering how much braces cost, the answer can be different for every person. The average cost of braces is typically between $3,400 and $5,000, but there are plenty of factors that can make this number increase or decrease.
No matter how much orthodontic treatment may cost, Kool Smiles can make braces more affordable than you may think. Call us today at 254-781-0553 to schedule a no-cost consultation to find out how much you will pay for your child’s braces.
The average price for a typical 18-month braces treatment for your child is around $3,400 when you visit one of our skilled orthodontists. While this number is at the low end of the average cost for braces, the price can vary based on your child’s unique situation. Kool Smiles can work with you to provide braces at an affordable price, regardless of your income or insurance. We accept a wide variety of payment options to ease any financial stress, so you and your child can both leave our dental office with brighter smiles.
There are several factors that can affect how much you will end up paying for your child’s braces, including:
There are different types of braces your child’s orthodontist will recommend. Typically, the traditional metal braces are more affordable than ceramic or self-ligating ones. However, you should weigh the pros and cons of each braces type before deciding on a treatment plan for your child.
The way your child’s adult teeth grow in can affect the cost of the overall treatment. The cost of braces can increase the longer your child spends wearing them, which usually depends on how crooked the teeth are. Additionally, any necessary oral surgeries or tooth extractions prior to orthodontic treatment will drive up the overall cost of this treatment as well.
The cost of your child’s braces also depends on whether or not you have a dental insurance plan. Even families with dental insurance may not have coverage for more than basic dental care. At Kool Smiles, we can help you determine what your insurance covers and how much you’ll be spending on braces with or without dental coverage.
Braces that are deemed to be medically necessary are more likely to be covered by a dental insurance provider. However, 85% of orthodontic treatments are seen as a form of cosmetic dentistry, which may affect how much of the procedure will be paid for by your insurance. If you have Medicaid, the cost of braces will not be covered unless they are determined medically necessary by a licensed dentist or orthodontist.
The friendly dental staff at Kool Smiles can give you price estimates for braces treatment and other helpful information, including:
There are a few different types of braces to choose from when you have decided that orthodontic treatment is right for your child. This list describes available braces options and the average cost of each one:
The amount of time that a patient needs to wear their braces will depend on the severity of tooth crowding, jaw alignment and other oral conditions. However, you can expect that your child will have braces anywhere from one to three years.
While most foods and beverages are OK to consume, we do recommend avoiding excessively sugary drinks and snacks. The occasional soda is acceptable, but make sure that your child is taking good care of their smile by brushing and flossing regularly. It’s also a good idea to stay away from hard or chewy foods, including:
You can expect to visit the orthodontist every four to eight weeks for necessary adjustments and checkups. During this time, your child’s braces will be tightened and the bands around the brackets will be changed. The appointment should only take about 20 minutes in total, so you can still have plenty of time for other activities and commitments, without worrying about orthodontist visits disrupting your routine.
Everyone is different when it comes to oral care, but you should expect to have a braces consultation by the time your child is seven years old. Although kids are often pre-screened for orthodontic treatments at a young age, most patients don’t actually get braces until they are between nine and 14 years old. During this time, braces are the most effective because children’s bones are still growing, which means that their permanent teeth can be aligned with less resistance than in adults.
Yes! The orthodontist is only there to adjust your child’s braces and monitor the development of their straightened smile, but they do not perform any cleanings or oral health exams. Your child will still need to visit the dentist every six months to remove built-up plaque that can cause tooth decay and cavities.
Some orthodontists prefer that patients have a full set of adult teeth before getting braces, but it is certainly possible for your child to get treatment while still having a few baby teeth. As long as these teeth eventually fall out and make way for the permanent teeth to come through the gumline, having some baby teeth most likely won’t affect your child’s ability to get braces.
At Kool Smiles, we help you consider all types of payment options for orthodontic care. From cash and credit to other forms of state insurance, take a look at our affordable payment options below:
Several of our locations have in-house orthodontists to help find you affordable options in braces.
At Kool Smiles, we want to bring affordable, quality dental care to all families. With more than 120 convenient locations, we’re ready to bring healthy smiles to children across the nation.
If you’re still asking yourself, “How much do braces cost?” come see what types of affordable, high-quality options are available for your child at any convenient Kool Smiles location.
Schedule an appointment at your local Kool Smiles today by calling 254-781-0553.
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