Cost of Invisible Braces
Traditional braces are on the front of your teeth and can be visibly seen by everyone. When younger children get braces this can be fun because they can change the colors of their rubber bands and have fun with it. The older teenagers and even adults with braces are less likely to want their braces seen and may consider the invisible braces option. Thanks to modern advancements in braces technology there is now a way of hiding braces. Invisible braces cannot be seen from a distance and do just as good of a job of correcting your dental problems as traditional braces. Depending on the orthodontist you choose, the method and your insurance, the out of pocket cost will vary.
Factors of Cost
A large portion of what determines the cost of your invisible braces is the condition of your teeth. More simple procedures will not require as much work and time which will keep the cost closer to $3,000. If there are many corrections that need to be made, you will need the braces for a longer period of time which will increase the overall cost of the procedure to as high as $10,000.
Invisalign braces are the most popular type of invisible braces. Their website states that the average cost for Invasalign branded invisible braces should cost between $3,500 and $8,000. This means that invisible braces are in the same price range as traditional braces as those average around $5,000.
All of these costs will be out of pocket if you do not have any dental insurance. If you do have insurance, it is important to confirm your insurance company will cover invisible braces. Most will cover traditional braces but invisible ones may be considered more of a cosmetic expense so there’s a chance they will not cover them. If your insurance will cover these braces, plan that they will only cover up to $1,000.
The goal of having braces is to correct crooked teeth and straighten them. Invisible braces are a little different than regular braces as instead of tightening them every month, your retainer must be remolded as your teeth move. All depending on the orthodontist you choose, your plan may or may not include these monthly adjustments. If your policy does not have your adjustments included, plan on spending $150 to $300 per adjustment consultation. Occasional X-rays may also be needed at these appointments and those could be as much as $100 each.
Ways to Save
It can be difficult to save up that much money to pay up front but that is why many offices will offer a large discount if that is how you pay. For the majority of those who cannot pay the entire sum up front, there should be payment plans for you to choose from. Most plans are flexible and some won’t even charge interest.
Sometimes traveling to a foreign country to have the procedure done there will be less expensive than having them done in the United States. If this is the option you choose, be sure to do thorough research and choose a reputable orthodontist.