The Average Cost of Braces For Teenagers and Adults
If you are like me and have to support a family in these tough economic times, you no doubt know that doing things like getting braces put on for the kids can be not only a tiresome experience, but very expensive as well. Sometimes you don’t even know if you’re getting the best price and service for your dollar. However, if you have teenagers, this process can be even more torturous. So you might be wondering, how much do braces cost for teenagers? Well, that answer depends on a number of different factors, but by far the most important one is whether you have health insurance or not.
The one positive aspect about getting this procedure for kids and teenagers is the fact they are still growing. The reason this matters is because the cost of maintenance on the initial procedures and follow ups will be much lower because the jawline, the gums, and the teeth are much more malleable. This unfortunately isn’t the case with adult braces which tend to be more expensive because most adults need to have extensive and additional oral procedures done so that the actual braces can be put in place in the first place.
As for the costs associated with this procedure, you can generally expect to pay anywhere between $1200-$2000 if you have health insurance coverage that actually covers the dental work for either a large portion or in full. However, you need to make sure that you actually call your health care provider so that you can be sure you actually do have dental work, as not all insurance plans will include anything beyond a basic checkup. Also remember that not all dentists will accept all forms of health insurance, so you may need to shop around to see who will actually take your provider.
For those of you who may be paying out of pocket, which unfortunately is very common these days, you can obviously expect to pay a little bit more. As a general rule of thumb you can add about $1000-$2000 on top of the costs that come with health insurance coverage for those of you who don’t have any. The good news however, is the fact that many dentists, particularly in the economic climate today, are often willing to set up payment plans even with folks who may not have any health insurance or all the money up front. Dentists and orthodontists need to stay in business as well, so they are far more flexible these days for folks who may need to stretch their payments out.