Though traditional braces still involve metal brackets attached to the teeth and connected by wires, the technology has come a long way. Traditional braces are an efficient and effective method for straightening teeth and correcting alignment issues for a healthier smile. Modern metal braces are smaller and lighter than ever, making them an excellent treatment option for children and adults.
The cost of braces can vary depending on several factors, including the length of treatment and complexity of the case. Typically, traditional braces cost less than other orthodontic options.
Are you worried about figuring out how to afford braces? We can work with you! We offer affordable braces for adults and children, and multiple financing options to ensure you get the treatment you need. You can expect competitive pricing and flexible payment plans, including monthly payments for braces.
The average cost of metal braces for kids ranges from $2000 up to $7000, depending on the complexity of the treatment plan. If the child requires orthodontic appliances or surgical interventions as part of the treatment, it could come in at the higher end.
More and more adults start orthodontic treatment every year. Whether they didn’t have the opportunity as a teen or need adult braces to restore or protect their smile in later years, adults can benefit from braces. The cost of braces for adults may be slightly more than treatment for adolescents because it can take longer.
Many dental insurance plans cover some, or all, of the cost of metal braces. However, it’s important to note that some insurance companies don’t cover orthodontics at all. It’s a good idea to contact your provider to determine how much they will cover.
Medicaid covers part of the cost of braces for children who are 21 years old or younger if the treatment is “medically necessary.” Unfortunately, that means that orthodontic treatment for cosmetic reasons is not covered by Medicaid. A consultation with an orthodontist is the first step to determine whether or not Medicaid will cover your child’s treatment. We offer FREE orthodontic consultations for patients of all ages who would like to learn how we could improve their smile!
Starting orthodontic treatment can be exciting and a bit nerve-racking, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Our team walks you through every step of the process so that you feel comfortable with everything from financing to banding.
You can expect the initial application to take an hour or two. The orthodontist cleans and dries your teeth before applying the metal brackets with special glue. Then, they attach a wire and connect it to the brackets with elastic bands. Your orthodontist will explain proper oral care and how to maneuver properly around your wires and brackets.
It is not a painful process, however many patients feel some sensitivity or discomfort for a few days to a week afterward. You may need some time to get used to the braces in your mouth. There may be additional sensitivity and discomfort after your adjustment appointments as well.
One of the best parts of choosing metal braces is being able to pick your colors. The elastic bands that attach the wires to the brackets come in multiple color options ranging from neutrals to pastels to neons. You can choose your braces colors to match your favorite sports team or your wardrobe or the season!
It depends. Like many treatments, metal braces can outperform the alternatives in some cases but not in others. The complexity of the case and patient compliance can impact the speed of treatment.
The metal braces don’t damage your teeth, however, if you fail to manage your oral care properly then you could have problems. Since food can catch in the brackets and wires, you must maintain excellent oral hygiene throughout the treatment.
Having your braces removed could be the most rewarding part of the process. You finally get to see the straight smile you’ve worked so long to achieve. Even better, it’s a painless process that doesn’t take long at all. Your orthodontist uses pliers to remove the brackets before scraping off any glue residue.
It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s guidance about wearing your retainer. Additionally, you may choose to have your teeth whitened after completing orthodontic treatment.