How much do braces cost?

Maybe you have a child who needs braces or thinking about Invisalign for yourself. The first thing that often pops into a patient’s head is how much do braces cost? Researching the cost of braces is vital to know what to expect to pay in the years to come on this orthodontic journey.

First, it is essential to understand the need for braces and the timeline you could be looking at when considering braces for your child.

  • Age 7-8: The child should be screened by an orthodontist to ensure that early intervention is not recommended.
  • Age 11-14: Most common age for children to begin full treatment in orthodontics. Even if your child has a nice-looking smile, it’s good to be checked by an orthodontist to ensure that nothing (like impacted teeth) is missed and requires intervention.
  • Any age: Anyone who wants to improve their smile or bite can see an orthodontist to find out their options for achieving a beautiful and healthy smile.

What age should my child get braces?

The orthodontist should see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time, and crossbites, crowding, and the orthodontist can evaluate other problems.

When the orthodontist begins treatment early, she can guide the growth of the jaws and incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, in some cases avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In some cases, early treatment can simplify later treatment and help prevent more severe problems.

Most adolescents are ready for orthodontic care when the last few baby teeth are coming out, and they are close to their growth spurt, around age 11-14. The ideal timing depends on each individual’s growth pattern, so visiting Dr. Carter early can ensure that treatment begins at the perfect time for your child. Going to the orthodontist this young doesn’t mean the child will be getting braces at this time, but it is best to be aware of any problems sooner than later.

How do I know if my child needs orthodontic treatment?

It is usually challenging to determine if treatment is necessary because many problems can occur, even though the front teeth look straight. Also, some issues look intimidating and complex, which will be resolved independently.

Asking your general dentist is a good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is comprehensive and informative, and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.

How much should braces cost?

The cost for braces is dependent on several factors: location, how long your child will be needing braces, which type of braces you choose, dental insurance, procedures, materials, and extracting teeth. There’s a lot that may be necessary for ensuring complete care.

Early intervention (Phase I Orthodontics) varies widely on cost depending on the severity of intervention needed. Some kids only require a single and straightforward appliance with minimal follow-up, and others require a longer-term, early-intervention plan.

Traditional braces can be metal or ceramic (tooth-colored). Some patients like to keep them as invisible as possible, while others love the bright and fun color options they can change at each visit. At Carter & Higgins Orthodontics, the cost of treatment with traditional braces (this is the cost of orthodontic treatment from start to finish: applying the braces, all adjustments, retainers, and teeth whitening toward the end. However, it doesn’t include your regular cleanings, fillings, extractions, or different procedures done by other doctors) it will vary based on the complexity and severity of each case. At our consultation, we will be able to provide you with an exact cost and review the various payment options.

Invisalign can be used for many cases and typically costs a little more than traditional braces (about $20 a month more over a 2-year payment plan).

Can I get a payment plan?

Most orthodontists offer monthly payment plans for patients, making the cost of braces manageable and affordable.

At Carter & Higgins Orthodontics, we will work with you to help determine which down payment and monthly plan work the best for you. Typically, payment plans are spread out over 1.5- 2.5 years, depending on the estimated length of treatment time.

Now that you have an idea of what braces for your child will cost, it is important to talk with your orthodontist to get exact numbers for their services and see what your insurance plan can offer. We provide consultations at Carter & Higgins Orthodontics, so don’t hesitate to call if you’d like to make an appointment!

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