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How Much Do Braces Cost?

 
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Dental braces are devices used to align, straighten and correctly position teeth by exerting steady pressure over a period of time, usually one to three years. Braces typically consist of brackets (bonded to the teeth), bands and wires.

Typical costs:

  • CostHelper readers without dental insurance coverage for braces report paying $3,000-$7,350 for traditional metal braces, at an average cost of $4,937. Traditional metal braces can cost $1,500-$10,000 or more depending on the severity of the bite and positioning problems that need to be fixed, the length of time the braces will be in place and whether the braces are on one set of teeth or both (upper and lower).
  • CostHelper readers with insurance coverage for braces report paying $1,500 -$8,500 out of pocket for traditional metal braces, at an average out-of-pocket expense of $3,407. Dental insurance may pay up to a specific amount for braces (typically $1,000 -$2,000) if the patient is 18 years old or younger.
  • Expect to pay $2,000 -$8,500 for braces with tooth-colored ceramic or plastic brackets, or self-ligating braces, which don't use elastic bands, like Damon braces. CostHelper readers without dental insurance for braces report paying $1,500-$7,800 out of pocket for ceramic or clear brackets or self-ligating braces, for an average cost of $4,572. CostHelper readers with dental insurance coverage report out-of-pocket costs of $1,550-$5,080, or an average cost of $2,570 for these braces.
  • Lingual braces, concealed behind the teeth, can cost $5,000 -$13,000 or more. They must be custom ordered, require more skill to install and don't work well on small teeth. Most orthodontists do not install lingual braces.
  • Expect to pay $3,000-$8,000 or an average of $5,000 for Damon braces, an alternative teeth straightening system that uses a series of computer-fabricated clear plastic aligner trays that cover the teeth; the patient switches to a new tray about every two weeks. Invisalign does not work for severe bite problems and some patients may still need traditional braces for a few months.
Related articles: Dental Veneers, Retainers, Invisalign, Damon Braces, Teeth Cleaning, Teeth Whitening

What should be included:
  • Braces are installed and supervised by an orthodontist, a dentist who specializes in moving teeth. They are typically in place for 1-3 years, and during that time the patient will visit the orthodontist about once a month for adjustments. WebMD.com provides a before-and-after photo[1] of misaligned teeth straightened by braces (slide number 6).
  • To install braces, a metal, ceramic or plastic bracket is attached to each tooth with glue or a metal band; an arch wire runs from bracket to bracket, putting pressure on the teeth to move in the desired direction; and small colored elastics hold the bracket on the arch wire (although self-ligating braces don't need elastics). Medicinenet.com provides an overview of braces[2] .
Additional costs:
  • Most orthodontists' prices for braces cover everything that's needed, including monthly appointments and a removable retainer once the braces are taken off. However, some orthodontists have additional charges for the initial visit ($100-$200), dental X-rays ($10-$250), a set of retainers ($200-$1,000, depending on the type) and replacement removable retainers (typically $100-$500).
Discounts:
  • Dental school clinics[3] may offer reduced rates for services by supervised students or faculty.
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research lists tips for finding low-cost dental care[4] .
Shopping for braces:
  • Many orthodontists offer interest-free payment plans, with a down payment of 10%-33% of the total cost plus monthly payments spread out over the period of time the braces will be in place (usually 18-24 months).
  • ArchWired.com lists questions to ask[5] a prospective orthodontist.
  • Search for local members of the American Association of Orthodontists[6] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Cost of Comprehensive Treatment for 14 yr old
Amount: $6,095.00
Posted by: TexasT in Pearland, TX.Posted: June 19th, 2014 01:06PM
Type of Braces: Metal
Consult & Records $225. Treatment, $5870, Ins. pays $1000, $974 down, $163 X 24 mos. Braces for 2 years, price includes two year while wearing braces and two additional years of follow up/maintenance. (includes all treatment, realignments, xrays and retainers) Teen has 4 upper teeth that will not drop down to push out baby teeth, beginning to fuse to pallet and 2 on the bottom that are not moving up. Braces, then oral surgeon to remove 4 teeth and place chains on 2 cuspids to pull down into proper position. (Oral surgeon not included in price of course)
6K is so ridiculous but when you consider that it is for 4 years of continuous treatment/correction I guess I can settle my shock a bit.
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Daughter Getting braces
Amount: $5,360.00
Posted by: CMBand in Bloomsburg, PA.Posted: June 12th, 2014 11:06AM
Type of Braces: Metal
My 10 year old daughter will start with a palate ex-pander which will cost $1050...then braces immediately after. I do not have insurance so we will be paying $1472 as a down payment and $108 monthly for 36 months.
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Happy for son
Amount: $5,500.00
Posted by: Debbie Duran in Owings Mills, MD.Posted: May 30th, 2014 09:05PM
Type of Braces: Traditional Metal
I am pleased. 5500 Total, $550 down, $198 per month for 25 months.Insurance paid $2000(Concordia Dental).
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Grace braces
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Gracieboo in 08859, NJ.Posted: November 20th, 2013 05:11PM
Type of Braces: None
I don't have any because my parents said that a dentist must reccommend .
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braces
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: diego perdomo in naples, FL.Posted: October 9th, 2013 12:10PM
Type of Braces: metal
2 years metal braces 205 per month for 2 years 1600 first down payment xrays free
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Braces
Amount: $4,500.00
Posted by: StacieNH in Bedford, NH.Posted: September 26th, 2013 07:09AM
Type of Braces: Phase 1/ traditional
My 13 year old has straight foward braces and will have them for 2 years. Hers cost $6,500 insurance covered $2000 and I put $600 down. My monthly payment is $150 for Hera. My 8 year old has a palet expander and top braces for about 10 months. This phase 1 cost $4500 insurance covered $2000 and I put $600 down. His monthly payment is $60. If and when he requires phase two later on the insurance will not pay anything.
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12 months with 2 years retainer
Amount: $2,004.00
Posted by: Patrice in Alexandria, VA.Posted: June 6th, 2013 07:06AM
Type of Braces: Metal (Traditonal)
Involved in a terrible dog bit accident that cause for my jaw bone to be broken, front bottom teeth to be pushed inward and top teeth chipped and pushed in slightly. When I first went for my consult back in 2010 - I was quoted with $5,550.00 for 2 year treatment (includes everything) - no insurance BTW. In 2013, I was quoted with a new low price ($4,500)my new insurance through my job covers $1,500 of my full total price, I put down $1,000 during my records appointment and $167 per month for 12 months. $2,000 is WAYYYYY cheaper than paying $4,5000 anyday of the week!!!!
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6 month braces
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: HCurtis24 in Raleigh, NC.Posted: May 6th, 2013 01:05PM
Type of Braces: 6 month braces
I went to Glenwood Smiles in Raleigh during their Summer Special so it was $3500 for braces. Their normal price is $4300
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adult braces
Amount: $6,060.00
Posted by: LILY in NC in Denver, NC.Posted: February 18th, 2013 01:02PM
Type of Braces: metal damon
30-36 months-get them when your younger! i'm 37 have never worn braces and just had them put in 1 week ago.No insurance. down payment of 2000 & monthly payments over 30 month period.x-rays wavier & office discounted 250. visits,retainer included.rnI chose to get them due to overbite,crowding & to make my smile fullier. I have impacted upper canine teeth that never came in (i still have my upper baby caninies lol) in about 9 months after orthodonist makes space i have to see the oral surgeon to have a "button" put on my impacted canines in my gums (ouch)and attached to upper brackets to pull! and if all goes well my baby teeth will fall out as my adult canines work there way in. not too bad , felt like i had canker sores on the 2nd day but now is ok, my lower teeth are bit achy though. Best decision I made. My son also has braces $4995 (22 mos to wear) insurance paid $2000-he has a small overbit & just need to be straighten.
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Shop around!
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: chris1177 in North San Diego, CA.Posted: January 18th, 2013 01:01PM
Type of Braces: metal
My 13 year old daughter went today for her 2nd consultation. 1st consultation was in a more expensive neighborhood- wanted to charge $5200 (w/o insurance-$4000 with). I went to the next town up for consult- They charge $3500 for 18 mos braces. Big difference!
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Getting braces in a couple weeks, no insurance coverage
Amount: $4,995.00
Posted by: 22 year old getting braces in Corona, CA.Posted: January 5th, 2013 11:01AM
Type of Braces: Damon Clear
18-24 months treatment. $207/month. Over Bite, narrow smile. Clear on top with damon metal on bottom row
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No insurance, but affordable payments
Amount: $4,980.00
Posted by: frugalcouple in Piedmont, SC.Posted: October 10th, 2012 05:10AM
Type of Braces: Metal Top & Bottom
Total includes everything from x-rays, molds, records, retainer and retainer visits for 18 - 24 months. Had to provide min $800 down with 18 months of $227.00 payments. Daughter is 13.5 yrs with overcrowding & crossbite. Other quote was $5545 with upper jaw expander which we had hoped to avoid. Expensive smile, but deemed necessary for lifelong confidence. And trust me, she WILL be wearing that retainer to maintain her $5000 smile!
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Braces
Amount: $6,000.00
Posted by: Daddy-O in Charlotte, NC.Posted: September 25th, 2012 09:09AM
Type of Braces: Damon (self-ligating) metal
Fee covers everything (including initial consult and retainer at end). Braces will be on for 18 months. Still shopping around to ensure best deal.
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Getting braces for my 12 year old in 2 weeks
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Debbie Trevino in Marble Falls, TX.Posted: July 20th, 2012 09:07PM
Type of Braces: Metal
My son has a cross bite and some crowding, he is getting braces on both upper & lower front teeth only. The price includes x-rays, moldings, placement, retainers, monthly visits, football mouthguard, up to 5 bracket replacements if broken and wax for comfort. He will need them for 12 months (14 max) our ins. is paying $1000 so total is $2500. This is 2012. I am quite happy with my price after reading all these posts!!
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Phase one and phase two
Amount: $2,200.00
Posted by: MarieG in Orange, CA.Posted: June 25th, 2012 03:06PM
Type of Braces: Metal
I was told that if I start my daughter early (9) that she might not have to do phase 2. She had spaces and an overbite. I was charged about 2200 and insurance covered about $400 so I paid $1800. So brackets went in on front four top and bottom teeth when she was ten.Teeth were pulled. New teeth took a while to grow in. Then,a bite plate was put on. Later, head gear was given.Then bite plate broke and though there were two attempts to replace them (at a cost of $150)but my daughter never got it.When they placed additional brackets, the head gear didn't fit any more. The new orthodonist said this was fine, that she didn't need it right now for almost a year. Suddenly they want to start phase two and want to charge me $2800 to start that and an additional $200 for an appliance to fix her overbite.They say it'll be an additional nine months. So I went from "We'll start you off early so we might not have to do a phase 2 and she won't have to wear braces for very long." to "It'll be $2800 more and I know it's been two years, but it'll have to be an additional nine months." She is now 12. My new insurance does not cover braces so the $2800 will be entirely out of pocket.
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Negotiating price on braces
Amount: $2,800.00
Posted by: Judy n in Deer Park, NY.Posted: June 9th, 2012 08:06PM
Type of Braces: Metala
At first i was quoted a price for $5150. After calling a couple of parents that purchased braces & had referred me to this orthodontic. I called orthodontics office & told them i was offered less a year (2011) before during 1st consultation $4850. They
Looked into. They called me back & offered me braces package for $4650. The military's new policy for dental is MetLife. The insurance pays $1750. leaving with a balance of $2900. I put down $750 initial fee & will have monthly payment of $120 for two years. The key is to negotiate & get someone close to your home. This all happened this year 2012 not 2011.
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Cost of braces
Amount: $6,800.00
Posted by: Wardaddy in Aventura, FL.Posted: May 31st, 2012 04:05PM
Type of Braces: Metal upper and lower
my son is 10 years old, his braces cost $6,800.00 for upper and lower, he has an overbite. his braces are gna be on him for 36 months. i paid $500.00 down and i pay around $193.00 a month and there were a few other small cost added which brought the total up to $6,800.00 we have insurance, but it paid nothing but the initial office visit. im still wondering what we pay the insurance premium for. the dentist gave me a discount also. original cost was over $8,000.00
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Double Trouble - 2007 & 2008
Amount: $13,600.00
Posted by: a user in Hamilton, MA.Posted: May 22nd, 2012 05:05AM
Type of Braces: Metal
Two of my children had braces at a cost of $6,800 each.I think there was an intitial fee of $100 not included in this price. They both had upper & bottem braces, wore head gear and had elastics. One of them had a daily adjustment spacer for the top jaw. My son received a permanant appliance for his bottem jaw and a clear plastic retainer for the top. No Isuues for him. My daughter,(1st one), received both upper & lower clear plastic retainers to be worn indefinately. She stopped due to comfort problems. I'm worried her teath are shifting. I'm looking into replacing the retainers with the metal type for her. I don't care for the molded plastic ones.
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Beautiful smile
Amount: $1,600.00
Posted by: L B Dye in Bakersfield, CA.Posted: May 9th, 2012 02:05PM
Type of Braces: Metal
I got my bottom teeth done, it covered all my appts. sometimes once a week, a retainer and whitening for all my teeth. very pleased and it took only 8 months, the only draw back is they are not very comfortable to wear especially when eating. they also provided all the waxed I needed.
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What a rip off but what can you do?
Amount: $4,750.00
Posted by: Out Of Money in pittsburgh, PA.Posted: May 8th, 2012 11:05AM
Type of Braces: metal
My daughter had $6000 worth of braces and her teeth have since shifted but are still fairly straight. My son has already had phase 1 costing almost $2000 and will start phase 2 now. My son's bottom teeth are straight but the doctor insists they need braces so the top and bottom meet correctly--he is probably right or he might just wants a new car that I am helping him buy??
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Fixed cost for braces - collusion, subsidizing?
Amount: $5,200.00
Posted by: Momofthree in Nashua, NH.Posted: March 27th, 2012 09:03AM
Type of Braces: metal or Invisalign
Cost for braces quoted for my son is the same amount my nephew paid & my son only has front teeth slightly overlapped, minor overbite (eval by 2 orthodontists). My nephew had braces on twice due to issues with his teeth. We are quoted the same price as my nephew, $6700 for treatment????
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crazy way to get braces!
Amount: $4,200.00
Posted by: freshmen in college who can afford braces with no family support! in Gilbert, AZ.Posted: March 23rd, 2012 09:03PM
Type of Braces: metal (both)
This all happened October 3, 2011..So I get a number from my dentist for an orthodontist. I called to make an appointment then GPS the location so I knew where I'd be going. The people didn't even know who I was or anything! So I knew I showed up to a totally DIFFERENT office. they set me up an appointment for that Monday. They tell me its going to be $4800 but they gave me a $600 discount! So I only owed $4200. I put $400 down that day to get them on then didn't have to pay till December! I now pay 159 a month for 24 months and that includes everything! My consoltation was free, retainer, treatment, everything included.! I pay all this out of my pocket...my insurance didn't cover it so I dropped them
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External Resources:
  1.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/ss/slideshow-cosmetic-dentistry
  2.  www.medicinenet.com/dental_braces/article.htm
  3.  www.ada.org/267.aspx
  4.  www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/popularpublications/findinglowcostdentalcare/
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