Usually, an orthodontist advises braces specifically designed to rectify several imperfections such as overcrowded teeth, excessive space between two or more teeth, underbite, overbite and other jaw alignment problems. But the average cost of braces depends on many factors including the type of braces, the severity of the problem, your insurance plan, the time period required and the age of the patient.

When patients ask, on average, how much do braces cost? We usually perform the initial examination and then advise the type of braces most suitable for the patient. However, the average prices of most braces range between $5000 to $6000. You can expect orthodontic braces to cost as little as $3000 and as much as $10000.

Types Of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Metallic braces are the most common type of orthodontic braces used in orthodontic treatment therefore they are easily available, much affordable, and preferred by most patients. However, they contain wires which are clearly visible and also irritate gums and eating habits, the full braces cost is usually between $3000 and $7000.

Iconix Braces

Iconix braces are a sophisticated and elegant alternative to traditional braces. Iconix braces offer an excellent alternative for patients who prefer the elegant look of rose gold, as well as patients with nickel sensitivity. The cost of Iconix braces is usually $2800 to $7000.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Some providers offer a clear plastic alternative to braces called Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners are primarily designed for patients with minor alignment issues. Unlike braces, these are transparent aligners that are removable and invisible. The cost of Invisalign depends on how many trays are required for your treatment.

These clear aligners are designed to be worn for an average of 20 hours per day so you will have to go through several different sets depending on how much movement your teeth require. The cost of Invisalign ranges from $4000 to $7000.

How Much of the Cost of Braces is Covered by Insurance?

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Many dental plans do not cover orthodontic treatment so if you have such a plan then you can purchase a supplemental orthodontic plan to help pay for the cost. Orthodontic insurance plans are set up differently than most other insurance plans. With orthodontic insurance, there is typically a lifetime maximum benefit so it is important to consider what lifetime maximum benefits are available with the plan before purchasing the policy.

What if you do not have insurance and still need braces for yourself or your child? Many orthodontists offer payment plans that fit your budget and allow making payments minimizing the financial burden.