Shopping around for braces can be a frustrating experience because most websites simply state that the price for treatment varies depending on your needs
- Keep in mind that every patient is different and prices vary dramatically
- That being said, we can come up with approximate costs so you have a better sense of what to expect when you visit the orthodontist
- If these prices seem high to you, remember that most offices will offer in-house, interest free extended financing to keep your monthly costs low
In this article I’ll try to give you some more insight into what you can expect to spend at the orthodontist
When I’m doing internet research on an item or service, one of the first things I usually want to know is the cost. With healthcare, this is often difficult, if not impossible, given that every patient is unique and your needs will likely be different from the person who came before you. But let’s be honest: for almost anything we can at least offer price ranges or averages to help prospective patients better prepare for the investment.
In this blog post we’ll be talking specifically about comprehensive orthodontic treatment for teenagers and adults using traditional clear or metal braces
If you visit an orthodontic specialty office in Los Angeles, the cost for comprehensive treatment usually ranges from $4300 on the low end to around $6300 on the higher end. That said, you can definitely find advertised prices as low as $3000 at some corporate dental offices. Keep in mind that these offices usually cram WAY more patients into the schedule in order to make a profit, resulting in very long wait times, crowded clinics, and oftentimes less than optimal treatment results. Many patients also get caught up in tricky payment plans with these offices that end up costing a lot more money in the long run.
“When going in for a consultation, be sure to confirm that the fees you’re presented with are comprehensive and include all aspects of treatment”
The most important thing to keep in mind is that almost all patients can afford treatment at specialty orthodontic offices, even if the price seems limiting at first glance. For example, let’s say your comprehensive treatment estimate is $5130 and you have insurance that will cover $1500 of your treatment fee. If you put $300 down when the braces go on, the balance will be $3330 due over the course of your treatment. Many orthodontic offices are now offering in-house, interest free payment options that extend throughout or even beyond your treatment time. If you divide that $3330 balance into 24 monthly payments, you’ll owe about $139/mo. If you stretch the payments out to 36 months, your payments could be as low as $93/mo. And that’s for top-notch treatment with a specialist!
Make sure you understand what your braces fee covers to find the most comprehensive plan for your needs
While the cost for treatment will vary greatly based on your specific needs and the office you visit, extended payment plans like the one mentioned above will keep the monthly cost low and ensure you have access to the best treatment available in a specialty orthodontic clinic. When going in for a consultation, be sure to confirm that the fees you’re presented with are comprehensive and include all aspects of treatment, from initial records and monthly visits to your final records and post-treatment retainers.