Straight teeth and a healthy bite are important for one’s overall health and well-being. Teeth that fit together properly not only look great but are necessary for healthy jaw joints, proper jaw growth and healthy teeth and gums.
Parents often know this but hesitate to take their children to the orthodontist office due to the cost of braces for kids. Do not let that stop you from obtaining a consultation with Reed Orthdontics to understand the fees and evaluate different payment options that can make braces attainable.
COST OF BRACES FOR KIDS
Depending on the type and length of treatment, the cost of braces for kids and adolescents ranges from $3,000 to $6,000. Treatment fees also vary between orthodontists.
It is important to consult with several orthodontists in your area to better understand all treatment recommendations and related costs.
Insurance plans often cover a portion of the overall treatment fee, depending on the insurance company and plan. The average benefit pays 50% of the treatment fee but will max out at a certain dollar amount ($500 to $1,500).
Many orthodontic offices offer an in-office payment plan so that patients can pay the remaining balance over the course of 18 to 20 months. This often involves a small down payment, with the remainder of the fee for braces being paid out on a monthly basis. This monthly fee can range from $50 to $150. The office will waive interest and finance fees if a patient wishes to finance the orthodontic treatment fee through the practice.
If parents wish to forgo the down payment all together, or are considering a lower monthly payment, the orthodontist in your area will likely have a relationship with a third-party payment company. The third-party pays the orthodontic practice up front, and the patient can make low monthly payments ($25 to $50 per month) stretched out over 24 to 36 months.
Orthodontist offices should explain all financial options and pertinent insurance information at the time of your consultation.
A GREAT INVESTMENT THAT LASTS A LIFETIME
Most parents agree that orthodontics is one of the better investments they will make for their children. Do not allow the cost of braces for kids prohibit you from making a consultation appointment to better understand the costs and to work with the office to develop affordable ways to pay for this great investment.
With financial concerns addressed, you can then focus on the more important task of choosing an orthodontist you and your child feel comfortable with. The child-orthodontist relationship lasts for several years. Make it count.
For more information, or to make an appointment for your child, contact Reed Orthodontics.