Authored by Ceetee Sheckels in Dentistry
Published on 11-22-2009
If your dentist has recommended braces, your first concern may be the cost. While basic braces usually cost at least two thousand dollars, and often more, there are other factors which you should consider as being relevant to the total amount that you will need to pay for braces.
One factor in the cost of braces is the condition of your teeth. Part of this factor is related to how often you will need to visit your orthodontist for check-ups and adjustments. If your orthodontist has determined that you will need to be seen frequently, you in turn need to know if this will mean extra expense. One orthodontist may include all of the dental care you need during the time you have the braces to be covered in one fee, while another will charge separate fees for the additional visits. You should know in advance which is the case with your orthodontist, and whether his policy is acceptable to you. The second part is finding out in advance whether you need other dental work in addition to your braces. This, too, can raise the costs when you did not expect it. The best way to deal with both is to ask your orthodontist for an evaluation and payment details prior to your visit for getting braces.
Another factor related to costs is the type of braces you want. While standard braces are less costly, you may prefer one of the more fashionable options. This is especially true if the braces which you need to purchase are for a teenager who is self-conscious about his appearance. While colored braces are expensive, concealed braces are even more costly. You may need to decide whether fashionable braces are worth the extra cost, or whether you want to keep the costs as low as possible by choosing basic braces.
Although braces, and the dental work which accompanies them are sometimes covered by insurance plans, in many cases they are either covered only partially or not at all. When you decide to get braces for yourself or for your child, it is important to find out if your insurance will offset the costs. If your insurance does not provide any coverage for braces, you should discuss possible payment options with your orthodontist. Even if you must pay out-of-pocket, he can set up a reasonable payment schedule that is within your budget.
Keeping the costs of braces at a minimum also means taking proper care of the braces and the accessories. If they are kept clean, used correctly, and you avoid eating foods which may damage them, you will not need to deal with unnecessary replacements.
While braces can be expensive, they can also fit your budget. Some comparison-shopping in advance, and using some basic common sense, can keep the costs at a reasonable level. You do not have to deal with a mountain of orthodontic bills in order to have a healthy, attractive smile that you can enjoy for the rest of your life.