The Cost of Braces
On average, braces cost between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on the extent of treatment and the type of materials used. With a range of options available, your orthodontist can recommend the type of braces that best meets your budget as well as your oral health needs. The experience of the orthodontist you choose, the area in which you live, and the degree of correction needed will also play a part in the overall cost of treatment.
Today, there are several alternatives to traditional metal braces, including ceramic "tooth-colored" braces and clear aligners. Each material comes with its own cost.
Traditional braces typically cost between $3,000 and $7,000. Minor cases of misalignment will generally cost less than more severe jaw-related issues.
Ceramic braces are a popular choice for patients who are looking for a more discreet alternative to metal brackets and wires. If you are interested in ceramic braces, you can expect to pay a bit more than you would for traditional braces. The price ranges from $4,000 to $8,000.
Lingual braces are one of the more expensive forms of treatment, with an average cost between $8,000 and $10,000. These braces are affixed to the back of teeth rather than the front. They generally function the same way as traditional braces, but they are not visible when you smile.
Aligners such as Invisalign® are comparable in price to traditional braces, typically costing between $3,000 and $8,000. Invisalign offers several types of aligner trays depending on the extent of your misalignment.