Getting braces for just one child can be costly enough. When multiple kids need braces, that cost can quickly add up. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to make those expenses more manageable. These tips include early intervention and financing.
When you visit the office of orthodontist Dr. John L. McDonald, we’ll help you determine the best ways to make your children’s braces more affordable. Our office staff will discuss the potential costs with you and discuss your financing options. Here are some tips on how to pay for multiple kids’ braces:
Prevention of Crowding
The sooner you address potential dental issues, the less expensive they will be. This applies to orthodontics just as much as oral health problems.
Teeth crowding most often occurs when baby teeth fall out and adult teeth emerge. If an adult tooth grows in when there’s a tooth missing next to it, the adult tooth may drift into the empty space beside it. This means that there will not be enough room for the tooth that’s supposed to occupy that space, which leads to crowding.
If your dentist notices a tooth drifting into the empty space beside it, a spacer can be placed to help keep the space open for the growing tooth. This may not prevent crowding, but it will significantly reduce it, which can mean that that orthodontic treatment will not need to be as extensive and therefore not as expensive.
Children often need braces. One way to help you afford multiple kids’ braces is to start saving early. This will prevent the treatments from being such a shock to your wallet.
Purchase Dental Insurance
Certain dental insurance plans will pay for a portion of the cost of braces. Make sure to find comprehensive dental insurance to help you pay for the braces.
There are many companies – such as CareCredit – that help people pay for their dental treatment, even if they don’t have insurance. At McDonald Orthodontics, we also accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, which may help you break up your payments into more manageable chunks.
How much do braces cost?
The cost of braces depends on the type of braces you are seeking and how misaligned your teeth are. For adolescents:
- Traditional metal braces typically cost between $3,000 and $7,000.
- Ceramic braces typically cost slightly more – from $4,000 to $8,000.
- Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth and can cost around $10,000
- Clear aligners can vary greatly, depending on the brand. They generally cost between $3,500 and $8,500
You should also take into account the price of orthodontic visits. Dr. McDonald will need to examine your child’s teeth to see how they’re progressing and if they need adjustments. If your child has clear aligners, make sure that he or she is wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours a day. This will allow the aligners to work as quickly as possible.
Contact McDonald Orthodontics in Salem, OR
If your children need braces or may need braces in the future, contact the office of Dr. McDonald in Salem, OR. Dr. McDonald will evaluate your children’s teeth and determine if they need orthodontic treatment right away. Contact our office today by calling 503-585-5400 to schedule their orthodontic consultations.