In years past, many children and teenagers looked at their teeth with apprehension about the potential of getting braces, as there was a negative stigma associated with them. Fortunately, in more recent years, braces have even become somewhat “cool,” having shed their negative image.
At least with kids.
Some parents still very much dread the thought of getting braces for their kids, as they envision the expense associated with them. But how much does it cost for children’s braces? Are there any alternatives?
The Cost of Braces
There is not a single default price for braces, as there are several options to consider. Depending on your choices and your child’s needs, the prices can vary. Here are some examples:
- Metal Braces. These are the typical braces that most people still think of when their orthodontist mentions braces. They can range in price from about $3,000 to $7,000.
- Ceramic Braces. Ceramic braces consist of smaller, clearer brackets that are less visible and rounded to cause less gum irritation. They tend to be a higher average price than traditional metal braces, at $4,000 to $8,000.
- Lingual Braces. This is a popular choice for those who want to straighten their teeth without visible brackets on the front of their teeth. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, making them a discrete alternative. Being on the inside, if any decalcification occurs, it will be on the inside, where it will go unnoticed. Lingual braces can sometimes cause tongue irritation, or a lisp as the patient adjusts to them, and may prove more difficult to clean than traditional braces which are more visible when brushing. They typically cost between $8,000 and $10,000.
- Invisalign. Another popular option for those seeking discretion, Invisalign operates via a series of specially made aligners that gradually move the teeth into their new position. They are practically invisible and can be removed when eating, which allows for the patient to continue enjoying foods that they would have to avoid with traditional braces. The downside is that removing aligners sometimes leads to forgetting to replace them. Further, it will be necessary to brush the teeth before replacing the aligner. The cost of Invisalign is typically between $4,000 and $7,400.
Does Insurance Cover Braces?
The BC Medical Service Plan is rather limited when it comes to dental and orthodontic treatments. Depending on the particulars of your work insurance, you may qualify for some dental coverage. You should contact your insurance company directly for more information.
Can You Prevent Your Child Needing Braces?
Starting around the age of seven, your child will lose baby teeth and gain adult replacements. During this time, it is important to see your dental professional regularly to monitor their oral progress. If it is determined that your child will likely need future alignment correction, finding out as early as possible allows for steps to be taken that might eliminate the need for braces.
For example, if your child needs additional space for adult teeth to emerge, a baby tooth may be removed to prevent teeth from crowding or coming through the gum line where they shouldn’t. Alternately, a palate expander may provide the necessary space for teeth to straighten themselves.
For more information on your orthodontic options or if you can avoid orthodontic treatment altogether, contact us today.