Having teeth straightened requires a financial investment in addition to the time involved. How much treatment costs depends on what is being corrected, what type of treatment patients choose, and whether any additional steps are required. Here is a breakdown of these cost factors.
How Much Correction Is Required?
Orthodontic treatment always starts with an exam to identify the type and severity of bite irregularities. When more problems are present, treatment takes longer and requires more materials. As a result, treatment can be expected to cost more. On the other hand, short-term treatments tend to cost less.
What Treatment Is Chosen?
Different types of dental braces are available today. In addition to metal braces, patients may be able to receive other, more discreet options, such as lingual braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. The special materials and procedures involved in these other treatments can increase costs beyond those of metal braces.
Are Additional Steps Required?
Some patients need extra orthodontic appliances, dental procedures, or both as part of their orthodontic treatment plan. For example, a patient whose palate is narrow may need a palatal expander in addition to braces. Some patients may need fillings, extractions, or other procedures before orthodontic treatment starts.
Orthodontic care varies in price with the individual. Regardless of how much treatment costs, the savings that may be gained in terms of future dental treatment costs can easily justify the expense. Patients can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center to learn more about the costs associated with different orthodontic treatments.