Many patients often wonder what the cost of braces in 2018 will be with the new updates on insurance plans. This is an important question because having teeth straightened is vital to oral health and functionality as well as maintaining a positive personal self-image. As of 2018, the average cost of metal braces ranges between $3000 and $6000. However, some patients may pay as little as $2500 or as much as $10,000 depending on the type of treatment required or chosen. In short, this type of orthodontic treatment is considered to be highly personalized and is based upon the orthodontist’s specific recommendations and the patient’s desires. Expenses can vary substantially from the type of insurance plan that is carried as well as the patient’s age and the kind of braces that are selected.
Determining Factors of Braces Cost
Perhaps the most determining factor when it comes to the total cost associated with braces is the type of braces that the patient selects. The length of treatment can also play an important role in overall cost. Also, specific and challenging alignment problems about teeth straightening can have a direct impact on total cost. At Omega Dental Specialists, our orthodontists offer free consultations as a way to determine what is the best option to straighten teeth most effectively. That said, various types of braces will each have a different base cost.
For example, standard metal braces will range in cost between $3000 and $6000 while ceramic braces will range between $4000 and $8000 in total treatment cost. Other types include lingual braces that can range between $8000 and $10,000 while Invisalign that is virtually invisible can range between $3000 and $7000 depending on treatment options.
Cost of Braces Compare To Invisible Options
Metal braces, considered to be the oldest type of orthodontic treatment, are widely available and offer affordable pricing for treatment that is fast and effective when it comes to aligning teeth. One aspect of metal braces that many patients do not prefer is that they are highly visible and include brackets and wires that can sometimes be painful. Metal braces also demand more maintenance, care and upkeep especially when it comes to oral hygiene. Ceramic braces are somewhat more aesthetically pleasing in that the brackets can be colored to match the color of the patient’s teeth. It should be noted that ceramic brackets can be more brittle than metal brackets and can also stain more easily.
Conversely, lingual braces are unique in that they are installed behind the teeth so that they remain hidden altogether. This option can be considerably more expensive because they are more difficult to install and adjust. Invisalign, on the other hand, is considered unique, innovative and virtually invisible. It eliminates the need for brackets altogether and instead uses plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. Patients are simply required to wear aligners for a given period until they are swapped out for a new set. Over time, the invisible aligners will straighten teeth in an unnoticeable and pain-free way. Invisalign is often not the best option for more severe misalignment cases.
The cost of braces in 2018 and beyond should not vary considerably in coming years as the technology is well established and pricing has been quite consistent on an annual basis. That said metal braces are typically kept on for about 24 months. The length of time that a patient is required to wear braces will depend upon the kind of braces chosen as well as how much the teeth must be realigned. Other factors that can have an impact on how long braces must be worn include the home care habits of the patient and how well teeth respond. In short, patients must be actively involved and participating in the teeth straightening process to ensure the best possible results.
Any time a patient pays more than the average cost of braces it is likely because brackets have been broken or alignment has been particularly slow to progress. Patients can keep the cost of braces down by avoiding foods that stick to braces or that shatters brackets. These types of activities can result in additional appointments that can increase the cost of braces. Keeping teeth clean while wearing braces will also help to minimize any unnecessary additional cost.
Finally, age can have an impact on the overall cost of braces. For example, the total cost for adult treatment is usually higher than the average cost of treatment for children. Adults requiring teeth alignment that is similar to what children would require can expect to pay several hundred dollars more for braces for virtually the same type of treatment. Other factors that may have an impact on the cost of braces in 2017 include the cost of living as well as any fixed orthodontic costs that the orthodontist may have to incur.
Even geographical location can have an impact on the cost of braces. For example, someone living in New York City could pay as much as 20% more for braces than someone living in a rural area of another state. As a final note, dental insurance will often help patients pay for braces. That said it is important to consult with your insurance carrier to know for sure what options you have in this regard. Call us today to learn more about the cost of metal braces in 2018. We offer different payment plans, in-house financing, family discount plan, and monthly specials. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to receive our monthly specials.
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