Having a crooked smile isn’t very cute despite the fact Maroon 5 sings a song about a girl having one. We all want our teeth fixed, but braces sound like an expensive option based on what you hear from those around you. We want to talk about the truth behind the cost of fixing your pearly whites.
Costs for braces widely vary depending on the type of braces you get, how long you need to be treated with braces, the condition of your teeth and jaw, and many other factors. Oral B estimated the average cost of traditional braces being between $3,000 and $7,000, and the average cost for Invisalign® being between $4,000 and $7,400. Remember, this is an estimated average cost and does not exactly reflect the cost of your customized treatment.
Health and Dental Insurance
If you have health and dental insurance, they may be able to help you out with your treatment. While most health and dental plans don’t cover orthodontic treatments for individuals who are over the age of 18, they may cover a portion of the cost of those under 18 getting treatments. If you don’t have orthodontic coverage in your plan, sometimes they have that as an addition you can add on separately.
If your health and dental plan does cover a portion of your treatment, the amount they cover will vary greatly depending on the plan that you have. A common figure is 50 percent coverage with a $1,500 maximum per child. Remember again, this is not an exact figure for your treatment and plan, but an average based on what is reported in America.
At Savage, Sabol & Visser Orthodontics, we offer a financing option for our patients. This in-office financing option is set up with low initial payments and more affordable, smaller monthly payments that better suit your budget and lifestyle. In addition to in-office plans, we offer financing plans through CareCredit®. You can talk more about the right financing plan for you in the office at the time of your appointment.
They always say to keep some money to the side in case of a rainy day, but this holds true with treatments and procedures you plan to get in the future. If you know you want to get a straighter smile with braces, but the price seems overwhelming right now, consider making a finance and budget plan for yourself. Set aside a certain amount of money each week to help you get started. This will add up over time and make things a little less intimidating when it comes time to put your plan into action.
If you are considering getting braces and are unsure about how to pay for them, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with our orthodontics team today. They’ll be able to go over your payment options with you to find out what works best with your budget and lifestyle.