You’re always worrying about your children’s health. From skinned knees to whooping cough, you want to ensure that your children are always getting the care they need. That is especially true when it comes to their oral hygiene. So when you’re watching their teeth come in, and you start to realize their adult teeth are crooked, you’re on the phone in a moment to find an orthodontist.
You dwell for days as you wait for the appointment. As you’re called in to speak with the doctor, you’re both elated that there’s a treatment that can help, but you're also concerned about the cost of braces. There’s really no price you can put on your children’s health, but knowing the cost of braces means you can plan for it.
What Are Braces?
Braces are orthodontic appliances that have actually been around for a very long time. Needless to say, the design and components have been updated many times over, but it’s impressive to consider the long history and growth of the practice.
In short, braces are wires and brackets installed in the mouth to guide a person’s teeth into their proper place through specific, controlled movements.
Why Is Tooth Correction Important?
Tooth correction is very important, especially in children, as it is a large contributing factor to overall health. Crooked teeth can affect eating habits, bite, speech, confidence, and more.
If left untreated, crooked teeth can become more susceptible to plaque build-up, tooth decay, and other mouth diseases as well. In children who are still developing, it may disrupt the smooth emergence of adult teeth (for example, if one tooth grows in at an angle and blocks the emerging tooth next to it). This can disrupt the shape of your child’s mouth, potentially causing jaw, head, and neck pains.
Braces can be expensive, but when looked at as an important investment in your family’s health, the cost is minimal to the lasting effects a healthy smile will have on your child’s life.
The Cost of Braces
The cost of braces will vary. In general, braces will cost between $4,000 and $10,000 dollars. The large range is dependent on the type of braces required, as well as the condition of your child’s teeth and his or her age.
Certain kinds of alternatives to traditional braces, such as Invisalign, have different costs. Invisalign, for example, averages out to $8,000 for treatment but offers a superior method that most children prefer, helping shape their developing teeth without the need for metal components, being nearly invisible once installed.
There are many different options when it comes to braces. There are the traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces (that don’t require the use of elastics), clear (ceramic) braces, or clear aligners. Your orthodontist will discuss the different options with you and your child, and help your family choose the best option that fits your lifestyle, budget, and needs.
As you and your child leave the orthodontist office—with an appointment scheduled—you realize that talking with the orthodontist was a huge help. They explained the many different options and the costs involved. They also discussed financing options. All your worries start to fade away. You know your child’s oral health is in good hands and that you can afford the treatment. Together, you’ll keep your child’s pearly smile healthy and pristine for years to come.