Many people turn to braces to straighten their teeth so that a beautiful smile covers their face. While the result is often aesthetically pleasing, getting there can take quite a bite out of your wallet. For that reason, it is important to look at all your options when assessing just how much that new smile is going to cost.
Braces are used to straighten crooked teeth. Because they are worn for an extended period and each person might need a more lengthy treatment than another, it is difficult to put a hard cost on what it costs to get treatment. If one treats teeth on both sides of the mouth with two sets of braces, that will result in a more expensive treatment. Pricing can also vary significantly from physician to physician.
Given those caveats, traditional metal braces can range anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000 in total treatment costs. Note that the high end of this scale is going to be naturally larger because the more severe cases are not going to necessarily be treatable with alternative technologies. Overall, the average cost of traditional braces works out to right around $5,000. There are also braces that have utilize ceramic instead of metal so that the braces are less noticeable to the outside world. These generally cost anywhere between $2,000 to $8,500. The average cost is about $4,500.
Lingual braces are the type that many consider to be the most desirable. These are placed behind the teeth so that virtually no one notices that you are wearing them. These can be considerably more expensive, averaging anywhere between $5,000 to $13,000 in total treatment expenses. The reason these are more expensive is because they are highly customized and fewer orthodontists will utilize them in their practices.
A newer teeth straightening system known as Damon braces is also another option for a patient. These are unique in that they use transparent plastic aligner trays to straighten the teeth. These aligners are replaced every few weeks. The cost of this system is in-line with that of traditional braces with a range of between $3,000 to $8,000 and an average cost of $5000.
Dental insurance will sometimes help to cover the cost of braces lowering the net cost of the therapy. However on most plans the reimbursement will still represent a fraction of the total cost, perhaps $1,000-$1,500 depending on the plan.