The cost of orthodontic treatment can seem daunting, especially to those who have multiple children needing braces. There’s no doubt that the investment is worth it, but trying to visualize how it will fit in your budget can sometimes be tricky. Figuring out what you will spend on orthodontic treatment depends on several factors including type of treatment, orthodontic issues, and location. In general though, you can expect to spend about $4,000-$6,000 for a straightforward case treated with conventional metal braces. Typically, this includes the initial bonding, all adjustment & emergency visits, removal, retainers, and follow-up visits.
Factors that affect cost
If you choose to be treated with clear ceramic braces or clear aligners, expect to spend a little more on your new smile. In addition, certain orthodontic issues can make your total cost increase. For instance, if you or your child require a special appliance to help fix a more severe bite issue, you will likely pay slightly more than someone who doesn’t require the appliance. Lastly, your location contributes to your cost as well. If you live in a larger city with a high cost of living, the cost of braces will be higher.
With all that said, there are certainly ways to make orthodontic treatment more affordable. If you have dental insurance, find out if orthodontic coverage is included. Most plans don’t cover in full, but will pitch in part of the total price. If you have the funds to pay upfront for your braces or aligners, ask your orthodontist if they offer a cash discount. Most offices will knock off a certain percentage of your total for paying in full. Another way to afford treatment is to ask if your orthodontist offers an in-house financing plan. At Peterson Family Ortho, we offer interest-free in-house financing. Our helpful team will work with you to customize a monthly payment that fits comfortably in your budget. You might be surprised at how affordable treatment is when you pay just a bit at a time!
The cost of braces can seem steep, but it’s important to remember that orthodontic treatment is an investment. Not only does a beautiful smile help you feel more confident, it also improves your overall oral health. It’s a big investment, but one that lasts a lifetime! At Peterson Family Orthodontics, our passionate doctor and team believe that everyone deserves access to affordable & high-quality orthodontic care. We want to provide you with your own San Tan Valley smiles or Queen Creek smiles. To learn more about how braces can fit in your budget, feel free to contact us and schedule your free consultation.