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Take a deep breath. It's time for braces.


You've gotten up the courage and met with your orthodontist to develop a treatment plan. Now it's time to talk price. Breathe easy. Here's some important information to help.

Cost

How much do braces cost? Fortunately, that's not a million dollar question. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, fees for orthodontic care vary with the complexity of the treatment and may vary by geographic region. However, there are many choices available to help fit a wide range of budgets and lifestyles. Be sure to ask your orthodontist about anticipated treatment fees, payment options and insurance benefits.

Tips to help keep costs down:

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Research your health and dental plans to see if any part of the treatment will be covered.

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Different braces have different features and costs. Work with your orthodontist to find the most effective treatment for the price.

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Dental societies may pay part of orthodontics costs for low-income patients. Visit the American Dental Association or your state organization.

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Ask your orthodontist about payment options to help you budget your expenses.



Insurance

Insurance can help to defray the cost of a new smile. If you are considering braces for yourself or a member of your family, it's wise to do your homework and research all of your dental insurance options.

Whether you have a plan available through your employer, or if you research private plans, make sure you understand exactly what is covered (or not covered!) prior to choosing a plan, or prior to starting orthodontic treatment under an existing plan.

Your orthodontist's staff can be extremely helpful when you are sorting out your insurance options.

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