What are dental braces, and how much they cost.
What are dental braces for?
Braces are made of stainless steel and consist of brackets [bonded or glued to the tooth] with wires [titanium] going through slots in them. This allows the dentist to take teeth that are crooked and straighten them to look better and to bite better.
Sometimes a person needs other type of dental appliance to help straighten and align the teeth and jaws. In days past the doctor would use headgear to accomplish this. This contraption was quite ugly and kids had to go to school and accept the abuse that other children would heap on a kid wearing headgear.
Now days there are appliances available to open the bite, widen the jaws, to accommodate all the teeth in the dental arch, or other wise move the teeth and jaws around to best get ready for braces. These dental appliances are well tolerated and not as socially traumatic as headgear.
How much do braces cost?
A patient who needs a full treatment, appliances followed by braces, should expect to pay $6500 in the Bay Area. This should include Records, Treatment Plan, X-Rays, All treatment and Retainers. Some Doctors quote a lower fee and any extra treatment and Retainers are extra. If you live outside a large metro area braces can be a bit less expensive.
How do I get dental braces?
I offer a free consultation for braces and you can learn what is needed, how long it will take, and how much it will cost and just to let you know….NO it does not hurt!! Call us 650-342-2777.
Payment for Braces
Dental Insurance many times covers part of the treatment. If you have a good plan expect that it will pay $1500 to $3000.
In house financing is also available through Care Credit, which is like a credit card, but with more attractive finance fees.
Timing for Braces
It is best to get an idea of what the child needs at about 8 years old. This is the best time for appliance therapy. The fixed wires go on at about 12-13 years. Both appliances and wires last about 8 Months to a year now because of improved treatments and modern materials used.
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