It may seem like a simple question, after all braces are braces right? However, there are many different types of braces, treatment methods and even more importantly treatment needs. Each individual may require or desire a different combination of these things making the cost unique. It’s a little like asking how much does a house cost?
So maybe the question is “what is the average cost of braces?” For the most common treatments there are some typical cost ranges. At Dunn Orthodontics for example an adolescent who needs 1-2 years of “full” braces to correct his or her bite followed by retainers and retainer visits for another 1-2 years could expect the fee to be somewhere in the $5500 to $6500 range depending on the severity of the problem.
Sometimes we need to treat kids earlier than adolescence for skeletal disharmonies (jaw growth imbalances) in what is commonly called an Interceptive Phase or Phase I treatment. These interceptive phases can take from 9-18 months and range from $2500-4000 depending on the complexity.
Adults probably have the greatest range of needs and goals and so the widest range of costs. Some very minor “revisions” for adults who already had braces as a teenager may only need a new retainer or a few months of treatment and cost a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Then there are adults with very comprehensive needs who don’t want any braces to show and chose an option like Incognito which can cost $7000 or more.
Invisalign has become more and more popular due to its esthetic appearance and comfort. With recent technological advances Invisalign can now be recommended for most patients. Because Invisalign can be used to treat the most minor problems to more complex ones the cost does have a broad range. However, compared to traditional brackets and wires, Invisalign fees are very similar.
Probably the more important question for many is “Can I afford orthodontic treatment?”. At Dunn Orthodontics we work with our patients on a payment plan that fits into their budget. Often insurance will also help cover some of the cost bringing monthly payments to a manageable size.
To wrap it all up, orthodontic treatment can encompass a broad range of problems and utilize several types of appliances and so the cost can vary greatly. What we seek to do at Dunn Orthodontics is create a plan that addresses your needs and wants and also fits into your budget. Please call today and schedule a no cost consultation to see what we can do for your smile!