How Much Do Braces Cost For Children?
One important question that often gets asked by parents when they see their child might need orthodontic treatment: How much are braces going to cost me?
It’s simple to calculate your monthly payment, but there are a few factors that can ultimately determine how much they will cost. Things that can influence the price are:
- The type / style
- The current status of the teeth
- Overall status of dental hygiene
- Method of payment
The total cost for braces in Virginia could be as low as $4,000 or as high as $8,000. Researching ahead of time, and selecting a budget friendly style could wind up saving you thousands.
How Much Do Braces Cost and How Can You Save?
Type of Braces
There are a few different styles of braces, and the type that your child needs will definitely impact the total cost for treatment. The average cost for a child will vary depending on the style selected and the treatment being performe. Some style braces, like ceramic or invisible aligners are more difficult to see, hence the procedure may take longer.
Metal is the oldest and most traditional type of braces that people get. Of all the various styles, metal are the least expensive. Traditional braces are also the most apparent, hence children are typically not the biggest fan of them.
Ceramic braces utilize ceramic material to properly align teeth. They are much less noticeable than metal but not entirely invisible. Although they remain a popular option, ceramic may take longer to work than metal and the overall cost may be higher.
Invisible aligners, such as Invisalign, are currently the most appealing visual option. The clear aligners utilize a series of molds that gradually shift teeth into position over time. Invisalign are typically the more expensive option for treatment. This form of treatment is usually reserved for adults paying for their own treatment that are worried about the aesthetic appearance of metal in their mouth.
Damon braces use clear, sliding brackets. The average cost of Damon Braces is generally higher, but can often shorten the length of time required to complete orthodontic treatment.
Lingual braces work very similar to traditional metal ones, but for the exception that they are attached to the backs of teeth. This form of orthodontic treatment is popular because they are much less visible behind the teeth.
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How Will I Pay For My Childs Braces?
It’s important to discuss finances with your orthodontist so that treatment can stay within an acceptable budget. The cost for orthodontic treatment shouldn’t be out of reach with a little planning ahead of time and the right financing, a beautiful smile is achievable at nearly any budget.
Preparing Your Child’s Mouth For Orthodontic Treatment
The treatment plan we develop for your child will revolve around what type they will be getting and the overall condition of your child’s dental hygiene and teeth before hand. Sometimes children may need teeth extracted to make enough room for other teeth. Others may need a palatal expander before braces are an option. Factoring in any additional required procedures will ultimately factor into the overall cost of treatment.
How Long Will My Child Need To Wear Braces?
One frequent question we get asked is “How long does my child have to wear braces?“. Most children will typically wear them for a year or two to correct alignment issues. The overall status and arrangement of your child’s teeth and bite will factor into how long they need to wear them. Most children wear braces around 18 to 24 months.
Dental Hygiene Considerations
It’s important to note that the overall status of your child’s dental hygiene will factor heavily into how much treatment ultimately costs. It’s important that kids maintain good oral hygiene, but it gets even harder to achieve once a child has braces. Kids that already practice good dental habits and brush carefully, will benefit from orthodontic treatment. Children who are more lax with their dental hygiene may be prone to tooth decay, infections, gum disease. Having braces requires meticulous cleaning and good oral hygiene habits.
Here’s a couple of ways your child can keep their teeth clean before they have their orthodontic treatment.
- Brush and floss teeth at least twice a day
- Avoid candy and sugary drinks
- Get regular checkups
Cost of Dental Visits
The cost of your childs treatment and the frequency of checkups will revolve around the overall status of their teeth and the course of treatment involved. How much each visit will cost depends on your insurance coverage. To factor in the total cost, ask your Orthodontist for an estimate of the number of checkups required during treatment and multiply by the average cost per visit.
Other Financial Considerations
Insurance and FSA
Most insurance plans will cover up to $3,500 of your child’s orthodontic care. The amount you pay for copays and deductibles, max coverage amount, will also factor into how much you wind up paying out of pocket. A flexible savings account (FSA) can be used to cover up to $2,550. It’s important to discuss these options with your Orthodontist ahead of time to see which procedures and types of braces are covered under insurance and FSA.
Golden Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provides flexible payment plans for braces. If you’d like to discuss a financing plan and how to pay for your child’s orthodontic care, please call or email and we’d be happy to discuss options with you over the phone.
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