October 26, 2020
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, one of the questions we get most often here at Dudley Smiles is “how much do braces cost?” With multiple 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, LightForce braces, or 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, more appointments, and longer treatment times.
What does the total cost of treatment include?
No need to worry about hidden costs or unwelcome surprises with Dudley Smiles 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. Dudley is passionate about creating healthy, beautiful smiles in Issaquah, Kent, and the surrounding areas. We know braces are a significant investment and we are proud to help patients achieve a confident smile they’ll enjoy for many years to come.
What is the average cost for braces?
While 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 $2,500 to $6,000, while adult braces or aligners can cost from $3,000 to $6,500. Again, the total cost of braces 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! Most insurance benefits will range from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the plan.
Each customized treatment plan is based upon the patient’s unique health needs and the professional judgment of Dr. Dudley. 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 best meets their needs.
Once a patient has seen Dr. Dudley 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. Our team will be glad to help you in determining your orthodontic benefits and filing any insurance claims. Any co-payments or out-of-pocket expenses will be estimated in advance of treatment.
If insurance will not cover treatment, can the cost be deducted?
If orthodontic treatment is considered to be medically necessary, the associated costs 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 orthodontic treatment if they wish to deduct the costs, including co-pays and check-up visits. You can oftentimes use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for orthodontic treatment. We would be happy to help you with the paperwork to submit for either FSA or HSA.
Will Medicaid cover the cost of orthodontic treatment?
Treatment costs may be covered by Medicaid if the patient’s braces are deemed medically necessary. Unfortunately, Medicaid does not cover routine orthodontic treatment, and is not available through our office. 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.
Beautiful smiles are worth the investment at Dudley Smiles
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!
Orthodontic treatment is about more than just improving a patient’s cosmetic appearance. Oral health plays an important role in 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!
At Dudley Smiles, 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 ensure this for every patient.
To learn more about beautiful smiles, costs, and payment options, contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Dudley. We can’t wait to meet you!