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The Cost of Orthodontic Braces

12 Nov, 2015

The Cost of Orthodontic Braces

Orthodontic treatment is a life-changing experience. The value of a beautiful smile is difficult to determine, and studies show that people with more attractive smiles do better in school, have better relationships and make a higher income. Our smiles are expressions of ourselves, and the best impression we can give another will increase our chances of success.
In the early 1900's, orthodontic treatment could cost as much as $2,000. Adjusted for inflation, the cost of orthodontic treatment today would be about $46,000. Now, as an orthodontist, I would love to be able to charge $46,000 for a single orthodontic treatment, but that is unreasonable given the technology of today. Advances in the orthodontic field have made the expenses involved in much lower than they would be if the cost had kept up with inflation.
A typical fee for orthodontic treatment today can vary between $5,000 and $10,000, or more depending on the type of braces used and the complexity of the orthodontic treatment. The best way to find out the total cost is to visit an orthodontist and have an evaluation completed. Many orthodontic offices offer complimentary (free) initial evaluations so you can find out all the necessary information with no financial obligation.
Many may ask why orthodontic treatment seems so expensive. A part of the cost of orthodontic treatment lies in the specialized nature of the appliances being used. Since these are very technical in nature, the production costs are significant. A single bracket or braces can cost up to $20.00 or more. When you figure that there a commonly 28 teeth that have braces placed on them, the cost of just the brackets can be a large amount. And the braces themselves are only a small part of the total cost of providing orthodontic treatment.
With the technology available today, the relative costs have been kept low and orthodontic treatment is commonly available to most people. It's a matter of determining how important a beautiful smile is and the value that is placed on that smile.


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