“How much do braces cost?”
For many families and individuals, cost is one of the biggest perceived barriers to receiving orthodontic treatment are care.
To put it simply, braces are an investment. The average overall cost of conventional braces in the United States typically ranges from $4,685-$7135. Out-of-pocket costs will vary depending on your dental insurance coverage, of course. For many, the question ultimately comes down to: Is there such a thing as affordable orthodontics?
The short answer is yes!
Although we often think of conventional metal braces when considering orthodontic treatment, that’s not all that this treatment encompasses. Different corrective options have varying price ranges:
Please note that these prices represent the full price, not what you might pay if you have dental insurance that covers orthodontic treatment. These averages reflect the reality that cost varies depending on the type of treatment implemented, the duration of the treatment, the location of the orthodontist, and other factors including the cost of any restorative dentistry required before treatment begins.
Getting affordable orthodontic treatment can be a decision made for both health reasons and aesthetic purposes. While most of our orthodontic patients are between 12 and 18 years of age, an increasingly large numbers of adults are seeking orthodontics treatment as well.
In some cases, our patients make the decision to seek affordable orthodontic treatment because an improved smile would help them feel more comfortable and confident in their personal and professional lives. It’s also a way to protect against other dental problems. Orthodontic treatment has been shown to decrease risk for cavities, periodontitis, jaw pain, chronic headaches, and chewing problems.
Orthodontic treatment addresses a variety of issues that can be categorized in the following ways: spacing (either overcrowded or gapped teeth), crookedness, and malocclusion.
Gapped teeth tend to be associated with fewer long-term dental conditions because saliva can move through the spaces between the teeth, which has a cleansing effect. However, many people don’t like the appearance of their gapped teeth and are often looking for procedures to close these spaces for aesthetic purposes.
Overcrowded teeth, however, do present a long-term risk for conditions such as dental caries (cavities) and periodontitis because the hard-to-reach areas between teeth are often difficult to clean well.
Crooked teeth can lead to dental problems due to the teeth rubbing against one another over time. This damage causes premature tooth aging, and leaves the enamel more vulnerable to bacterial attacks, increasing risk for dental caries.
The two most common types of malocclusion are overbite and underbite, though we also treat patients with other types of malocclusion (such as crossbite and open bite.) Malocclusion refers to differing jaw sizes in the same person: when the upper jaw is larger than the lower, then you are said to have overbite, while a larger lower jaw creates an underbite. Besides obvious aesthetic reasons, people choose orthodontic treatment for malocclusion because misaligned teeth can shift over time. Like with overcrowded teeth, malocclusion also causes tooth wear and increases your risk of tooth decay due to the same dental hygiene issues discussed above.
That’s why orthodontics can be such an attractive option for someone with any combination of these conditions. It’s a way of investing in you, present and future. Orthodontic treatment gives you a fighting chance against the forces of cavity development and gum disease. And because dental health has an impact on your body’s overall health, orthodontics also indirectly protects against other conditions that may seem totally unrelated to your teeth–such as heart problems and complications with diabetes.
But, like many patients, even if you can see the benefits, you might still have concerns about feasibility, specifically in terms of the affordability of orthodontics. The question remains: is there any place that offers a definite advantage when it comes to affordable orthodontics? The answer is Penn Dental Medicine!
If you’re wondering how Penn Dental Medicine can make getting braces more affordable, we’re happy to explain why.
Penn Dental Medicine’s main mission is to properly educate, mentor, and train the next generation of orthodontists. Because of this educational mission, our services cost a fraction of what you would pay at a private dental office.
When you come to Penn Dental Medicine, your primary care is provided by student dentists in their final stage of training, so you can rest assured that you will receive thorough and detailed care. But the promise of quality extends further than that.
All treatment is supervised by our expert faculty doctors who have years of experience providing quality care for their patients. In reality, you’re getting two dentists for less than the normal price of one.
If you’re in need of expert, affordable orthodontics, then contact Penn Dental Medicine for your first consultation today!