The Cost of Braces

Nobody is going to deny that braces are expensive. Depending on your location and the length of time you are going to need to wear them, they can cost as much as five thousand dollars (sometimes more). Obviously the number differs from patient to patient, depending on a variety of factors. Here are some of those factors.

The Damage

How much damage do you need to repair? A lot of people think that braces alone are enough to correct a person’s smile. This isn’t always how it actually works. Sometimes a person will have to go through months or even years worth of preparation to even just get ready for braces. Sometimes the process of healing is going to be started with headgear or retainers before you have to deal with brackets and wires. Even after a person has had braces, there might also be work to do. Often a person needs to wear retainers to keep the teeth from reverting back to their original positions while the filaments reform.  So how much work you need done is going to be a major factor in how much you are going to have to pay.

Time

The length of time you need to wear your braces sometimes a person will have to go through months or even years worth of preparation to even just get ready for braces. Sometimes the process of healing is going to be started with headgear or retainers before you have to deal with brackets and wires. Even after a person has had braces, there might also be work to do. Often a person needs to wear retainers to keep the teeth from reverting back to their original positions while the filaments reform.  So how much work you need done is going to be a major factor in how much you are going to have to pay.

Type

Braces are no longer simply metal and metal wires. Now there are all sorts of different types of braces to choose from. You can get braces made out of ceramics. You can get them made from plastic. You can get them in metal, obviously. You can get them in different shapes. Plain old brackets are available but those are so last decade’s model. The materials you choose for your braces will definitely be a factor in the price.

Location

Where do you live? Believe it or not, where you live definitely factors in to how much you are going to pay for your orthodontic treatment. Do a quick Google search to look into the different orthodontists in your area. They’ll all have their own rates. In addition to this, you can learn more about how much basic procedures should cost in your area to make sure that you are not being over charged.

Sure, it would be nice if all braces cost the same no matter where you lived or what you needed to have done. This isn’t the case, though. These days a lot of factors come into play. Everything we talked about here will play a role in how much money you spend. Really, though, isn’t your smile worth it?

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