For most people, the one the most pressing questions involving orthodontic treatment is “how much do braces cost” We hear this question almost every day at Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates. With many treatment options to choose from and customized treatment plans for every patient, the answer to that question will depend on several 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
These are the factors that come into play when we determine the cost of your braces. For example, traditional metal braces are generally the least expensive option, while clear 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, which means more work for the orthodontist and more follow-up appointments.
And of course, each orthodontist will have a unique pricing structure based on where they’re located. Some insurance policies cover for orthodontic treatment, but how much will depend on the individual patient and the treatment needed.
What does the total cost of treatment include?
There are no hidden costs or unwelcome surprises with Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates! We’ll outline everything that will be a part of 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 reflect the skill of our expert team, the quality of the products we use, and the top-notch service we provide. Our doctors have been creating healthier smiles through orthodontics for more than 50 years! We know braces are a significant investment, and we’re proud to help patients achieve a confident smile they’ll enjoy for many years to come.
What is the average cost for braces?
Even though 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 $3-7K, while adult braces or aligners can run from around $5-8K. Again, the total cost 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!
Each customized treatment plan is based upon the patient’s unique health needs and the professional judgment of Dr. Giarrosso or Dr. Livanos. 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 will best address their needs and goals.
Once a patient has seen Dr. Giarrosso or Dr. Livanos 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 when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
As a courtesy to our patients, we’re happy to help with insurance claims and paperwork. Co-payments or out of pocket expenses will be estimated in advance of treatment. Once treatment is complete and all insurance payments are received, we’ll reconcile the account. You’ll be responsible for any underpayment at that point.
If insurance will not cover treatment, can the cost be deducted?
If braces are considered to be medically necessary, the dental health care costs associated with them may be tax-deductible. However, the cost has to exceed a certain amount before any deductions kick in. You should keep track of all expenses associated with your braces treatment if you intend to deduct the costs, including co-pays and check-up visits.
Will Medicaid cover the cost of braces?
Treatment costs may be covered by Medicaid if the patient’s braces are considered to be medically necessary. For those who want to learn more about this possibility, visit http://www.medicaid.gov/. It’s important to ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum before proceeding with treatment.
Beautiful smiles are worth the investment at Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates
Braces are about more than improving a patient’s cosmetic appearance. Oral health plays an important role in total body health, and 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!
A smile is too important to comparison shop based on price alone. While it’s human nature to want a good deal, it’s important to choose an orthodontist based on their skill and experience. You’ll spend a lot of time visiting your orthodontist’s office during your treatment, so pick a practice that feels warm, welcoming, and comfortable!
At Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates, our goal is to provide 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 to fit every budget, get in touch today to schedule a consultation with us!