There are the traditional wire braces available, but there are also the more modern so called “invisible” braces available as an option for people who want to avoid the frustration of wearing those visible wires on their teeth.
However, one very important fact that you need to keep in mind is that even the best dentists agree that for very seriously damaged and crooked teeth only the traditional wire braces can truly be efficient.
The invisible braces are usually made of more flexible materials, and these might not be able to apply the needed pressure upon the tooth to move it and straighten it. For milder cases the invisible braces are good, but they are not recommended for very seriously misaligned and crooked teeth.
After looking at different sources and comparing general prices for dental braces, it can be concluded that on average, the cost of dental braces is $5,000. Therefore, if you are looking to straighten your teeth through dental braces, you should be prepared to spend quite an amount of money.
As you might know, the average dental insurance plans will not offer coverage for dental braces. Most of the insurers regard the braces as a cosmetic dental treatment, which is not health-wise necessary. When you buy dental insurance, it would be a smart move to analyze only insurers that offer coverage for dental braces too – especially if you know that you would like to straighten your teeth at some point.
The cost of dental braces can skyrocket, if the patients struggle with a serious malocclusion which affects the speaking or the chewing process. Then, there is needed a special type of braces which can cost on average $7,000+.
Then, prices for the exact same type of dental braces may differ greatly from one dentist to the other. Orthodontists will always charge more for braces, since they are the true specialists. They might charge between $500 and even up to $1,000 more for their custom made devices, compared to the charges of a general dentist.
Of course the dental braces for adults are much more expensive than braces for children or teens. Children need to wear dental braces for a much shorter period than adults, and there is less special braces material used for the design and creation of the braces themselves. The differences in price between braces for children and adult braces can go even up to $1,500.
The geographical region where the braces are done also plays an important role in the price. For example, braces made on the Pacific and Canadian region sides will be more expensive than braces done in the US Northeast, Midwest or Southern regions.
Statistics show that in Ohio cities for instance, dental braces can cost even $2,500, sometimes half the price charged in other more expensive regions. This is why it would be a good idea to comparison shop for dental braces prices in different regions of the US, and if needed schedule a travel (a medical trip) to get your braces done at less expensive prices. If you can save 20% or 30% from the average cost, it is indeed worth to take that trip.
Dental braces in the urban regions always cost more than braces done in the suburban dental practices. The difference in price can translate in even up to $700 or more. Certainly, you might think now that this difference is due to the fact that in rural areas they might use more “primitive” dental equipment, and thus people save some money but at the expense of the quality of work done.
You should do a thorough research, and if you decide to have your braces created in a suburban or rural area dental office, make sure to check out first the technology used, the experience and reputation of the dentist and other such factors in order to see whether it is indeed worth to make that saving.
Then, the costs also vary depending on the type of material used. The traditional braces made of metal are cheaper than the more modern invisible braces or ceramic braces. In order to get ceramic braces, you might have to pay even up to $500 more. Invisaligns on the other hand cost in Canada for example well over $6,000.
So consider all these points when you are about to select where you are going to have your braces done, what material you will choose, or what type of braces you would like to wear.