Everyone wants a movie star smile. The nice thing is that we live in a day and age when that is not an unrealistic desire. Teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and that standard that has been fixing smiles for ages... that's right, braces. 'That's okay for kids', you say, 'but I'm an adult.. How much do braces cost for adults? ' Well, there are a number of factors that need to be considered. Let's discuss.
How much do braces cost for adults?
What adult braces cost, as we've said, how much braces cost will depend on a number of things. We've compiled a list of considerations for you to help you to get a better idea of what exactly is involved. Please keep in mind that the treatment period is going to be 2 to 3 years in order to get your teeth aligned. That might seem like a long time for a treatment but once you are finished, the results are yours to keep for a lifetime. A small price for a movie-star smile!
Adult braces: cost analysis
- The current state of your teeth: When you go to get your braces one important variable is going to be the current state of your teeth. Do you need a cleaning before installing your braces? Are any extractions required? Maybe some fillings? There may be some work that needs to be done before your braces are put it. Check with your orthodontist, as this will add to your cost but it's necessary.
- Type of braces: What type of braces will you be getting? There are a number to choose from based on personal preference and needs, such as:
- Metal - Your standard go-to braces, metal braces are functional and great, if a bit shiny. Estimated cost with insurance: around $3500.00 Without insurance: around $5500.00
- Invisalign - The ninja of braces, invisaligns may or may not be covered by your insurance, as they are sometimes considered more cosmetic than necessary. Invisaligns, like the name suggests, are almost completely invisible and are good for minor issues of alignment. These are the second most expensive option on the list. Estimated cost with insurance: Possibly not covered Without insurance: Approx. $5600 - $8000
- Ceramic - These are a popular option, in that they are colored to match your teeth and to take away the stigma that sometimes comes with the metal braces. Ceramic is not as strong as metal, however, so this is a minor risk that they can break. Estimated cost with insurance: around $2500.00 Without insurance: approx. $4500.00 :
- Lingual - These are harder to find and your orthodontist may or may not be able to provide them. Requiring a bit of cleverness to install, lingual braces are installed BEHIND your teeth and have to be customized specifically for you. These are adult-only braces, as they are not recommended for smaller sets of teeth, and may interfere a bit with speech, so these are not for everyone. You'll want to consult with your orthodontist in depth if you are considering these to know if they are a good fit for you. Estimated cost with insurance: Variable Without insurance: up to $13000.00 or more .
- Your orthodontist: Charges may vary quite a bit depending on the individual doctor,
their skill level, and how much is charged per visit. Unless you have extreme loyalty to your particular orthodontist, it wouldn't hurt to shop around. Find someone with a lot of experience and a lower markup on price for services rendered and you can save yourself quite a bit of money.
- Maintenance: Two to three years of treatment can mean a number of visits to your orthodontist. Depending on what is required, you might be visiting monthly or at a less aggressive schedule. Your orthodontist can tell you for sure. Over time these visits can add up so be sure to get an accounting of all anticipated costs ahead of time.
- Savings strategy: Are you employing any special strategies for saving? There are actually a number of things that you can do to cut costs. We'll go into those next, as they deserve a section of their own.
“Be sure to get an accounting of all anticipated costs.”
How much does it cost to get braces if I have a savings strategy?
The cost of braces without insurance can be a little prohibitive but there are a few tricks you can employ to bring the price down to something more manageable. How does one go about that? We're glad you asked! Here are some savings tips to help you get those braces:
- Credit - While this doesn't technically save money due to the interest, this CAN break the payments down into manageable chunks so that you can get the braces you need. Don't worry, though, we have some other options as well.
- Payment plans - Your orthodontist knows that it's not realistic to expect a lump sum up front for the total. Most orthodontists will have easy payment plans, often with little or no interest for 1-2 years. Ask your orthodontist for details.
- Metal braces - Stick with the basic brace model and you can save a bundle. They do the job and they are really not so bad. Just keep reminding yourself what your smile is going to look like and you'll be fine.
- Dental schools - This is a great way to save some money. On some days orthodontic schools will offer discount treatment, supervised by a seasoned orthodontist to ensure that you are getting excellent care and at only a fraction of the regular cost.
So, how much are braces for adults? Take into account the factors that we have listed and you will have a pretty good ballpark figure. Your orthodontist can give you something more precise. So go out and get those braces and start the path to getting your own movie star smile. After all, don't you owe it to yourself?