The Cost of Braces: Worth Every Penny

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Have you ever asked yourself, “Does my child, or even myself, need braces?” If so, you’ve probably also wondered, “How much do braces cost?” Both are logical questions to consider when deciding on your or your child’s smile, confidence, and health.

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Braces: More Than Just a Pretty Smile

While many people believe braces are a cosmetic treatment, the decision to get braces is about more than just the appearance of your smile. There are other important benefits to consider when deciding if braces are right for you or your child. So, what are the ways braces help improve one’s health?

Braces can help improve many problems for children and adults alike including:

  • Trouble with chewing, resulting in poor nutrition and painful eating
  • Trouble speaking, resulting in embarrassment, social discomfort, and the need for speech therapy
  • Risk of  developing cavities and dental problems as tooth crowding can impact the ability to properly clean all the surfaces of the teeth
  • Bite problems and jaw misalignment resulting in pain
  • Lack of confidence in one’s smile which can result in social anxiety and self-esteem issues
How Much Do Braces Cost?

Looking at all of the ways braces can have a positive impact on your health, it’s easy to see that braces are worth every penny, regardless of the cost. But what exactly goes into determining the cost of braces and ultimately answering the question, “How much do braces cost?” Let’s dive deeper into the  different factors that can impact the cost of braces.

Factors That Determine How Much Braces Cost

Type of Braces

There are a variety of different orthodontic options (braces): traditional metal braces, Invisalign, and clear braces. Each type has its benefits and are best suited for specific cases. Choosing the right solution is important to achieve successful results and reduce the amount of time needed to get results.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The Amount of Time Needed

Just like the cost of braces, the amount of time needed for braces to properly align the teeth and jaw will vary case by case. Some patients may only need a few months, while others may need a year, or even more, to get the correct alignment for a healthy bite.

The Severity of the Misalignment

Depending on the severity of the misalignment, only certain methods of correction will work, limiting options, such as Invisalign, and therefore changing costs. While some patients may only need a brief period with braces followed by a retainer to fix a minor misalignment, another patient may need traditional braces for an extended period of time to address a severe misalignment.

The Need For Related Dental Care

Sometimes additional dental care is needed prior to or after braces. This can include the need to remove a tooth, or implant a tooth where one (or more) is missing. The need for additional dental work can add to the cost of braces, and again, can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Getting braces is truly an individualized treatment and should be discussed during an orthodontic consultation. During the consultation you will have the chance to discuss your needs, talk through treatment options and put a plan in place to achieve a healthy smile.

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