If you’ve researched braces and orthodontists online, you probably learned pretty quickly that most orthodontists (including us!) don’t post the cost of braces treatment on their websites. The price would be helpful to know upfront for comparison and budgeting purposes, right? We understand that. And Birmingham Orthodontics wants to equip you with all of the information you need to make decisions about your or your child’s oral health. While we are here to be as helpful as possible, price is a question that must be answered in person. That’s because it’s driven by two important variables: the duration of treatment and the type of treatment.
It’s also an important reminder that getting braces is a serious medical procedure. Orthodontics treatment is given by medical professionals to improve overall dental and oral health. The price of treatment is dependent on the patients and their needs.
Below, we’ve outlined the factors that influence the overall cost of treatment.
Duration of treatment.
Straightening teeth takes time. Depending on how much straightening needs to be done, braces are worn from six months to two and a half years. The longer the treatment, the higher the cost. One thing to remember is that the length of time it takes to straighten teeth can depend on the patient’s age.
Teens. Younger patients are prime candidates for receiving orthodontic care. Their mouth and jaw are still growing and moving, making it easier to move their teeth.
Adults. An adult’s teeth have stopped moving. This makes it harder to move the patient’s teeth into proper alignment, which means a longer treatment time. Because of this, treatment for a teenager may be less expensive than for an adult patient with the same bite.
The length of treatment is also affected by how well you take care of your smile during the journey. Avoiding hard or chewy foods helps prevent brackets breaking off or moving during treatment. The better you take care of your braces, the shorter your treatment will be.
Course of treatment.
Different orthodontic treatments come at different prices. Treatment types are composed of different materials and offer different features. The ideal treatment is determined by the patient’s preference and the amount of movement needed to straighten the teeth.
Metal or Ceramic Braces. Both of these options straighten teeth effectively and in a timely manner. These courses of treatment are offered to patients with crowding problems, excessive spacing issues or a pronounced overbite. Both options use brackets and wire. They only vary in color—ceramic braces are designed to blend with the color of the teeth. Most orthodontists charge hundreds more for ceramic braces, but Birmingham Orthodontics charges the same amount for both. We want to give you the smile you want at an affordable price.
Invisalign. This virtually invisible solution for straightening out teeth is popular with the teenage crowd and adults who don’t want the visibility of metal or ceramic braces. It is an ideal treatment for patients who can achieve the perfect smile by moving their teeth slightly. The cost of Invisalign is a little higher than the traditional route. But patients who prefer this treatment say that its features make the extra cost worth it. The removable aligners are clear and discreet. And patients can remove aligners to eat, meaning they don’t have to avoid foods that would damage traditional braces.
No matter which course of treatment you need, we offer a variety of financing options and affordable payment plans to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Where Do We Go From Here?
How do you pay for it all? Our mission is to create smiles at affordable prices. That’s why we offer several different payment options for patients to consider. From in-house financing plans to patient appreciation discounts, our team will work with your budget to find the best financial solution that’s tailored to you. Choose one of our four convenient locations and schedule your free consultation today! We’re here to make this process easy and affordable because our goal is to get you to Smile More and worry less.
At Birmingham Orthodontics, our mission is simple: we create smiles. Not only do we straighten the crooked grin, fix the bite, and adjust the jaw, we brighten yearbooks and instill confidence. We also believe in our staff. Our culture of continuous learning drives us to host monthly training sessions for each team and bring in leading industry consultants to help keep us ahead of the curve. Contact us for a free consultation, or with any questions you might have.