One of the most common questions we get is How much do braces cost? We recently started braces treatment for a young patient whose mother had asked the same question prior to booking in for their consultation. We’ve reprinted it here with her permission:
“My son is 9 years old. I noticed that his lower teeth stick out a bit further than the top ones, and are very crowded. It seems obvious that I’m going to need to take him in for an orthodontic consultation, but I’m wondering in general how much do braces cost?”
First of all, you’re right. A significant bite misalignment like your son’s could lead to some longer-term issues later down the road (worn teeth, TMJ disorders, speech problems, etc.). Now is the best time to address it. One of the most common questions parents like you want to know is, how much are braces really?
Generally, most orthodontic treatments cost between $3,500-4,500 on average for a year of treatment. The fees are affected by things like:
- The type of braces being used (braces vs. Invisalign, etc.)
- How long the treatment takes to complete
- If the patient is compliant with home care and regular visits
- Additional appliances or growth modification that may be necessary
How to Spend Less on Braces
One of the most effective ways to save on braces for your son is to schedule an orthodontic consultation right away. Most experts recommend doing so from as early as age 7. These early assessments help us to take advantage of functional appliances or interceptive aids that can reduce the extent of orthodontic treatment later (as well as unnecessary teeth extractions.) It’s not too late for your son to receive interceptive care as long as you see an orthodontic provider soon.
Affordable Payment Options
To help your child’s treatment fit into your monthly budget, Fraser Dental offers the affordable OrthoPlan financing option. You can select weekly or monthly payments at 0% interest throughout the course of your child’s care, and it covers all the treatment costs.
Plus, we can also provide ongoing preventive services and general treatments right here in our Hobsonville practice, making it more convenient for your family’s dental needs. Call us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation and to receive your personalised treatment plan.