The short answer is: It depends. The severity of your misalignment, the type of braces that you choose and your geographic location all play a role in determining how much your orthodontic treatment will cost. In a slowly recovering economy it is understandable that someone considering braces would keep financial considerations close in mind. Smart planning and budgeting can keep your total costs under control and make the expense easier to handle.
Finding a provider
Orthodontists' fees can vary widely from one doctor to the next. Schedule initial consultations (these are usually free) with as many orthodontists as you need before making a final decision. During these appointments it is important to be up front about your financial concerns. Most orthodontists will tailor a treatment plan accordingly. Be wary of orthodontists who give you a cost estimate well below those of others. You may end up spending more money in the future due to their poor service.
- Insurance – Many dental insurance plans offer partial coverage for orthodontics for those who are covered prior to starting treatment. Most insurance plans will not pay for the orthodontic treatment of a new policyholder who already has braces.
- Payment plans – Most orthodontists offer a no-fee, no-interest monthly payment plan extended over the time of treatment. If you do choose this option, be sure that you fully understand the terms before you begin.
- Up-front discount – If you have the cash on hand, you can save the most money by paying the full cost of your treatment up front. Many orthodontists will give you a discount and you can avoid paying additional costs.
One of the most important things that patients can do to keep their costs down is to follow their orthodontist's instructions. The cost of fixing a broken bracket far outweighs the benefit you may have received from biting into piece of hard candy.
For a free braces consultation, contact a New York City orthodontist today.