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How Much Do Braces for Adults Actually Cost?

When considering the cost of anything, it is tempting just to call it a day. It seems like a no-brainer when you’re trying to save a buck: the smaller number always wins. However, when weighing the cost of anything, one also needs to consider the value. Not only should the price be financially feasible, but it should also still satisfy as many “needs” as possible. After all, you may get a great deal on something but fall short in other areas, potentially costing you time and overall satisfaction. 

And when it comes to the cost of adult braces, time and satisfaction are both factors that are essential to consider. Asking yourself “how much to adult braces actually cost” should include more than just a numerical number, it should take everything possible into consideration. And that’s just what we’ve done for you here. We’ve taken a look at the different kinds of braces options for adults and not only included a general price, but the pivotal details that will help you make an informed decision. From the different types of braces to their cost, and the nuances that make the price fluctuate, we accounted for nearly all of it. Now all you’ll need to do is choose a method and provider that is right for you, and you’ll be on your way to a straighter smile in no time.

How much do braces cost?

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Firstly, determining the price of dental work is dependant on several factors. Dental needs are a case by case basis, as any health-related work is. If your smile is generally healthy and no special procedures are needed, what it will boil down to is the type of braces. There are four major types of braces, and they all average at different costs. On average, adult braces wearers can expect to pay as low as $3,000 or as high as $10,000

Traditional Braces are the most common type of braces, likely because they are the most economically affordable. They are also very efficient and quick in terms of treatment time. The metal braces and wires method runs $3,000-$6,000, it’s only draw-back really being how visible they are and the frequent trips required to the doctor’s office.

Ceramic Braces are slightly less visible, but that also means the cost is increased. On average, ceramic braces can run from $4,000-$8,000. However, these braces tend to stain more and are more brittle, so the long-run cost could affect the average price.

Lingual Braces are far and away from the most costly. They are virtually invisible as they are installed behind the teeth. With a price range between $8,000 and $10,000, the reason the price of these are so steep is that “installation” and adjustments can be particularly difficult due to the teeth location.

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Clear Aligners are particularly tricky when it comes to price. Clear aligners providers are either direct to consumer, which involve very little professional medical input to providers that combine both convenience and medical guidance. Getting fitted for clear braces can vary between providers, but overall it is fairly universal. To start, you begin by getting 3D scans of the teeth (or in some cases, “impressions”) so Orthodontists can determine a personalized treatment plan. This means they decide which teeth need to move, how they need to move, and when they should be moved. Aligners are then manufactured and sent either directly to you or to your orthodontist’s office. Once they arrive, slip those bad-boys on and let the magic happen. Patients wear each set of aligners for two weeks at a time, and then they replace them with the next set to keep teeth moving!

Depending on the provider you choose, it can range from $1,900 to $8,000. Keeping in mind the different levels of care, you can figure that the direct to consumer models are, without a doubt, the cheapest option. However, they typically only address the “social teeth” in the front of your mouth, leaving out any complex cases — and over 85% of people have “complex” dental issues. On the other hand, brands like Invisalign can handle nearly any situation but tend to cost more because of heavy doctor involvement. Ideally, you can blend the two with providers like Dandy, who not only partner with local dentists and orthodontists but also cut down on the amount of in-office time spent straightening your smile.

Are braces more expensive for adults?

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Since the cost of braces is entirely dependant on what type of braces you choose and your personal treatment plan as previously discussed, it is nearly impossible to pinpoint exactly how much braces will run you. We can tell you, though, that there is a difference between kids and adult treatment plans. Adults will pay more than children for braces, and roughly it is around $200 more.

Does insurance cover braces for adults?

The good news is, insurance can cover braces for adults. How much is dependant on a variety of factors, but in general dental insurance can cover a portion of adult braces.

Providers of clear aligners like Dandy and Invisalign work with real dental professionals, opening up the determination for medical necessity and therefore leading to more insurance coverage options.

When choosing the path to a straighter smile, you want to pick not only an option that is economically agreeable; you want it to be aesthetically pleasing and functional for your busy lifestyle. Investing in your own smile is never a bad idea. But to get the most bang for your buck, you need to go with someone who can provide professional guidance, convenience, and cost as little as possible. When you weigh all of the options, clear aligners can check all of those boxes for you. The only thing that is really left to be decided is which provider you want to choose. Whatever you decide to go with, make sure that it satisfies all of your dental and personal needs.

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