When it comes to orthodontic treatment, one of the questions we get most often here at Dillehay Orthodontics is “how much will braces cost?” With multiple treatment options to choose from and customized treatment plans for every patient, the answer to that question will depend on several different variables! These include:
- The type of braces chosen
- Whether the braces are for an adult or a child
- The orthodontic issues being corrected
- How long braces will be needed
- If the patient has dental insurance that covers orthodontics
- The orthodontist providing treatment
- The area in which the patient lives and will be receiving treatment
Factors such as these play a part in the total cost of treatment. For example, traditional metal braces are generally the least expensive option, while clear braces of Invisalign clear aligner therapy may cost slightly more. Orthodontic treatment for children will often be a bit less expensive than adult treatment, though this will vary from case to case. Patients who have more severe or complex problems may require longer treatment times, which means more work for the orthodontist and more follow-up appointments.
Finally, each orthodontist will have their own pricing structure which will be based in part on the region where they are located. Some insurance policies will provide coverage for orthodontic treatment, but how much will depend on the individual patient and the treatment needed.
What does the total cost of treatment include?
There are no hidden costs or unwelcome surprises with Dillehay Orthodontics! We will outline everything included in the treatment plan before ever beginning the active phase of your orthodontic process. Our individualized treatment plans contain everything needed for beautiful results that last, including:
- all appointments, including emergency visits
- braces or aligners
- post-treatment follow-up visits
- an oral hygiene starter pack
Our fees reflect the skill of our expert team, the quality of the products we use, and the top-notch service we provide. Our doctors have been creating healthier smiles through orthodontics for more than 50 years! We know braces are a significant investment, and we’re proud to help patients achieve a confident smile they’ll enjoy for many years to come.
What is the average cost for braces?
Even though there is no “one size fits all” answer for how much orthodontic treatment will cost, the average cost for a child can be anywhere from $3-7K, while adult braces or aligners can run from around $5-8K. Again, the total cost will depend on the individual patient’s specific needs, along with the factors mentioned above.
Using dental insurance to cover orthodontic treatment
Some dental insurance plans will cover orthodontic treatment, but the coverage rules and policies can be confusing. We have many years of experience working with insurance companies, and we’re committed to helping our patients receive the maximum coverage!
Each customized treatment plan is based upon the patient’s unique health needs and the professional judgment of Dr. J.K. and Dr. Dillehay. We won’t recommend treatment based on whether or not certain treatment options are covered by insurance. Instead, our patients are presented with a plan that will best address their needs and goals.
Once a patient has seen Dr. J.K. or Dr. Dillehay for a consultation and received a diagnosis and treatment plan, those with dental insurance should check with their provider to see what they will and will not cover in the way of orthodontic treatment.
As a courtesy to our patients, we’re happy to help with insurance claims and paperwork. Co-payments or out of pocket expenses will be estimated in advance of treatment. Once treatment is complete and all insurance payments are received, we will reconcile the account. Patients will be responsible for any underpayment at that point.
If insurance will not cover treatment, can the cost be deducted?
If braces are considered to be medically necessary, the dental health care costs associated with them may be tax deductible. However, the cost has to exceed a certain amount before any deductions would kick in. Patients should keep track of all expenses associated with braces treatment if they wish to deduct the costs, including co-pays and check-up visits.
Will Medicaid cover the cost of braces?
Treatment costs may be covered by the Medicaid if the patient’s braces are considered to be medically necessary. For those who want to learn more about this possibility, visit http://www.medicaid.gov/. It is important to ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum before proceeding with treatment.