“How much do braces cost?” This is a question we get all the time at Grubaugh Orthodontics. For most people, this is one of their biggest concerns regarding orthodontic treatment. With a variety of treatment options to choose from and customized treatment plans for every patient, the answer to that question will depend on a few 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 or Invisalign clear aligner therapy may cost slightly more. Orthodontic treatment for children will often be a bit less expensive than adult treatment because teeth can move most quickly at a young age, and cases are usually less complicated. However, 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 its own pricing structure which will be based in part on where they’re located. Some insurance policies will provide coverage for orthodontic treatment, but how much will depend on the individual patient and the treatment needed.
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 of braces will depend on the individual patient’s specific needs, along with everything mentioned above.
What does the total cost of treatment include?
No need to worry about hidden costs or unwelcome surprises with Grubaugh Orthodontics. We’ll 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 encompass the skill of our expert team, the quality of the products we use, and the top-notch service we provide. Dr. Grubaugh is an experienced orthodontist who is passionate about creating healthy, beautiful smiles! 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.
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. Grubaugh. 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 is the best fit for their smile needs.
Once a patient has seen Dr. Grubaugh 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’ll reconcile the account. Patients will be responsible for any underpayment.
If insurance won’t 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 Medicaid if the patient’s braces are deemed medically necessary. For those who want to learn more about this possibility, visit http://www.medicaid.gov/. Make sure you ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum before starting with the treatment.
Beautiful smiles are worth the investment at Grubaugh Orthodontics
Braces are about more than improving a patient’s cosmetic appearance. Oral health is an important part of total body health. Misaligned teeth can increase the risk for cavities, tooth decay, pain and soreness in the head and neck, and gum disease, among other things. Although orthodontic treatment can be a significant investment, it’s one that can last a lifetime!
A smile is too important to comparison shop based only on price. While it’s human nature to want a good deal, when it comes to choosing an orthodontist, skill and experience are the most important factors. Patients will spend quite a bit of time visiting their orthodontist’s office throughout treatment, so pick a practice that feels warm, welcoming, and comfortable!
At Grubaugh Orthodontics, we strive to provide patients with a positive and stress-free orthodontic experience, from the first appointment to the last. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable orthodontic care, and work hard to provide this for you.
To learn more about beautiful smiles to fit every budget, get in touch today to schedule a complimentary consultation with us!