“How much will braces cost?” This is a question we get all the time at Brodsky Orthodontics. For most people, this is one of their biggest concerns regarding orthodontic treatment. With a variety of treatment options to choose from and treatment plans customized for every patient, the answer to that question will depend on a few different variables. Some of these include:
- The type of braces chosen
- Whether the braces are for an adult or a child
- The orthodontic issues being corrected
- How long braces will be needed
- If the patient has dental insurance that covers orthodontics
- The orthodontist providing treatment
- The area in which the patient lives and will be receiving treatment
Factors such as these play a part in the total cost of treatment. For example, traditional metal braces are generally the least expensive option, while clear braces or Invisalign clear aligner therapy may cost slightly more. Orthodontic treatment for children is often a bit less expensive than adult treatment because teeth are able to move most quickly at a young age and cases are usually less complicated. However, this will vary from case to case. Patients who have more severe or complex problems may require longer treatment times, which means more work for the orthodontist and more follow-up appointments.
Finally, each orthodontist will have their own pricing structure which will be based in part on where they’re located. Some insurance policies may provide coverage for orthodontic treatment, however, the total amount covered will vary based on the patient and the type of treatment needed.
What is included in the total cost of treatment?
No need to worry about hidden costs or unwelcome surprises with Brodsky Orthodontics! We’ll outline everything included in the treatment plan before ever beginning the active phase of your orthodontic process. Our individualized treatment plans contain everything needed for beautiful, lasting results, including:
- All appointments, including emergency visits
- Braces or aligners
- Retainers (removable and fixed “permanent”)
- Post-treatment follow-up visits for 1 year
- An oral hygiene starter pack
Our fees encompass the skill of our expert team, the quality of the products we use, and the top-notch service we provide. Dr. Joel Brodsky has been creating healthier smiles with orthodontics since 1976 and he continues to provide excellent care alongside his son Dr. Charles. We know braces are a significant investment, and we’re proud to help patients achieve a confident smile they’ll enjoy for many years to come.
What is the average cost for braces?
Even though there is no “one size fits all” answer for how much orthodontic treatment will cost, the average cost for a child can be anywhere from $3-6K, while adult braces or aligners can run from around $4-7K. Again, the total cost of braces will depend on the individual patient’s specific needs, along with the factors mentioned above.
Using dental insurance to cover orthodontic treatment
Some dental insurance plans will cover orthodontic treatment, but the coverage rules and policies can be confusing. We have many years of experience working with insurance companies and we’re committed to helping our patients receive the maximum coverage.
Each customized treatment plan is based upon the patient’s unique health needs and the professional judgment of one of our expert doctors. We won’t recommend treatment based on whether or not certain treatment options are covered by insurance. Instead, our patients are presented with a customized plan that is the best fit for their smile needs.
Once a patient has seen one of our doctors for a consultation and received a diagnosis and treatment plan, those with dental insurance should check with their provider to see what they will and will not cover in the way of orthodontic treatment.
As a courtesy to our patients, we’re happy to help with insurance claims and paperwork. Co-payments or out of pocket expenses will be estimated in advance of treatment. Once treatment is complete and all insurance payments are received, we’ll reconcile the account. Patients will be responsible for any underpayment and any overpayment will be refunded to you.
If insurance won’t cover treatment, can the cost be deducted?
Orthodontic treatment is considered to be a medical expense so the dental health care costs associated with them may be tax-deductible. However, the cost has to exceed a certain amount before any deductions would kick in. Patients should keep track of all expenses associated with orthodontic treatment if they wish to deduct the costs, including co-pays and check-up visits.
Beautiful smiles are worth the investment at Brodsky Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment is about more than just improving a patient’s cosmetic appearance. Oral health is an important part of total body health. Misaligned teeth can increase the risk for cavities, tooth decay, pain and soreness in the head and neck, and gum disease, among other things. Although orthodontic treatment can be a significant investment, it’s one that can last a lifetime!
A smile is too important to comparison shop based only on price. While it’s human nature to want a good deal, when it comes to choosing an orthodontist, it is important to consider their skill and experience. Patients will spend quite a bit of time visiting their orthodontist’s office throughout the course of treatment, so be sure to choose a practice that makes you feel at home!
At Brodsky Orthodontics, we strive to provide patients with a positive and stress-free experience, from the start of your orthodontic treatment to the end result. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable orthodontic care, and we are committed to working hard to provide this for you.
To learn more about beautiful smiles to fit every budget, get in touch today to schedule a complimentary consultation with us!