The Real Cost of Braces
The cost of braces can differ depending on the orthodontist and the patient, the amount of work which needs to be done, the length of the treatment, the insurance company, and the payment plan available. Dr. Susan Gail Tierney, Dr. Michael Sheinis, and the team at Straight Set Orthodontics treat their patients with a variety of approaches and methods. They can help you understand the expenses associated with braces in Garden City.
The average cost of orthodontic treatment in 1980 was about $2,000; or about $5,700 in today’s currency. The national average for braces currently is $3,000 to $7,000. Today, there are more options than ever for orthodontic treatment, and each option has different costs and benefits associated with them. These options vary in cost due to the system type selected, how difficult the application and debanding procedures will be, your orthodontist’s rate, and the cost of materials.
Of the several types of braces, metal braces are the least discreet option, but remain the most widely used method for orthodontic treatment. Dr. Tierney and Dr. Sheinis say that even though metal braces have remained the primary treatment option for several years, many patients of Straight Set Orthodontics now choose newer, less visible alternatives to traditional braces.
Lingual braces are affixed to the back of the teeth and are completely hidden from sight. They may be uncomfortable for some due to the tongue constantly pushing or rubbing against the metal. Lingual braces are by far the best option if concealment is a priority. These are usually the most expensive option with the national average price ranging from about $8,000 to $10,000. Know that your insurance provider may not cover this type of treatment.
Invisalign clear aligners are the preferred clear aligner systems on the market now in Garden City. These are great for teens and adults because of their low visibility and because they can be removed by the wearer. This allows for easy cleaning, brushing, flossing and eating. The cost of clear plastic tray aligners like Invisalign can average $4,000 to $7,500 nationally. However, they can be lost easily and may be costly to replace. Treatment time may be extended prolonged and they will not work for serious dental problems like malocclusions or crossbites.
Ceramic braces perform the same function as metal braces, and they are affixed to the teeth in the same way. However, their visibility is greatly reduced because they use either clear or tooth-colored brackets. The Straight Set Orthodontics team says that they are usually a little more expensive than metal braces, with the national average price tag between approximately $4,000 to $8,000.
Consult with your insurance company as well as your orthodontist when considering orthodontic treatment with braces in Garden City. Many insurance companies won’t pay for treatment if the patient is over 18 years of age.
Dr. Tierney and Dr. Sheinis know that it’s possible for you to purchase additional orthodontic insurance if your health plan doesn’t cover braces. Make sure to ask about the percentage that they cover (a common figure is 50% with a $1,500 lifetime maximum per child). Know that if you change your insurance plan after the application of your braces, the insurance company may consider it to be a pre-existing condition, in which case the patient will have to pay out of pocket.
For more information about the cost of braces in Garden City, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tierney, Dr. Sheinis, and the team at Straight Set Orthodontics, call: 516 248 2560