Getting braces as an adult is becoming more and more common. Some adults who never had braces when they were younger, find that they want to improve the appearance of their teeth now that they are older. Adults who had braces when they were teenagers, but stopped wearing their retainers, may have had a relapse of their orthodontic issues that they wish to correct now.
Whatever the reason, one of the biggest concerns about adult braces is the cost. Here’s what you can expect to pay for braces as an adult in Minnetonka, MN and what that price is based on.
Average Cost of Braces for Adults
If you’re considering traditional metal braces, you will likely be quoted a price that falls somewhere in the range of $3,000-$5,000. Invisalign is comparable, but the range may reach a bit higher, such as $4,000-$7,000. What you will actually pay within that range will depend on a variety of factors.
What Affects the Cost of Braces?
There are a variety of factors that play a part in the total cost of braces, such as:
- The extent of the corrections you need. Some orthodontic issues are easy to correct and others are more difficult. Some patients only need a few minor adjustments and others may need extensive corrections. If you are the latter, needing a lot of orthodontic work, your braces may fall in the higher end of the range.
- The length of treatment. The extent of the corrections you need will translate to the length of treatment time. More corrections and complex issues will require you to wear braces for a longer period of time, which will result in a higher cost of treatment. Longer treatment results in more time your orthodontist will spend on your case and more orthodontic equipment that may be required.
- The type of braces you choose. Traditional metal braces are usually the most affordable type. Invisalign and other clear aligners are comparable, but often a little higher. Clear braces consisting of ceramic brackets are typically the most costly type of braces. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for Invisalign, making clear braces the least visible alternative option.
- The orthodontist you choose. Not all orthodontists charge the same amount for braces. You will likely find comparable prices in the same area, but some orthodontists can charge more because they have an established reputation, more experience, or specific credentials. Many patients are willing to pay more for the expertise of a seasoned orthodontist.
- The area where you live. The cost of braces, like most services, tends to reflect the cost of living in the area. You will likely find higher prices in bigger cities with denser populations than in small towns and rural areas. You may not be able to compare the price you were quoted with someone else’s quote in a different area.
- Your insurance. If you have dental insurance, part of the cost of braces may be covered. Most dental insurance plans include a one time lump sum toward the cost of braces or related orthodontic treatment. This can help to reduce the amount you’ll pay out of pocket for braces.
Why is there a difference in the cost of braces between children and adults?
Why is there a distinction between the cost of adult braces and the cost of braces for teens or children? There isn’t necessarily a difference, because the equipment, the strategy, and the ultimate goal is the same. However, there is a chance that adults will need to wear braces longer than children and teens, and here’s why.
Have you ever wondered why preteens, adolescents, and teenagers are the most common braces patients? There’s a reason for that. During puberty the body goes through a tremendous amount of growth. And while the body is growing, the teeth are more easily moved and adjusted because of the hormones present.
Adults, however, are no longer growing. This makes it a bit more difficult to move the teeth into the desired positions. Adjustments may take longer and the results may not come quite as easily or quickly as they do for kids. This longer treatment time could raise the overall cost.
Adult Braces at Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics
If you’re an adult considering getting braces, rest assured that the cost can be made more affordable in a variety of ways. Whether you have insurance or not, the out of pocket cost of braces can be financed and set up on a payment plan. You can avoid interest for 12 months with CareCredit. You can also use HSA (Health Savings Accounts) or FSA(Flex Spending Accounts) for braces.
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