Getting braces for just one child can be costly enough. When multiple kids need braces, the cost can quickly add up. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to make orthodontic expenses more manageable, such as early intervention and financing.
When you visit Dr. John L. McDonald, he’ll help you determine the best ways to make your children’s braces affordable. Our team will talk about potential costs with you and give you financing options.
Here are some insider tips on how to pay for multiple kids’ braces:
Prevention of Crowding
The sooner you address orthodontic issues, the less expensive treatment will be.
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 child’s dentist sees a tooth drifting into the empty space beside it, he or she may refer you to an orthodontist. Dr. John can insert a spacer to help keep the space open for the undeveloped tooth. This may not prevent crowding, but it will reduce it, which can mean 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.
Health Savings Accounts
If your work offers an HSA, take advantage of it! By saving pre-tax dollars and applying them to dental and health costs, you’ll save on taxes.
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 a child needs (or wants) and how complex the treatment plan is. 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.
- Clear aligners can vary greatly, depending on the brand. They generally cost between $3,500 and $8,500
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. and reduce the need for revising the treatment plan. Likewise, compliance with all the guidelines Dr. John provides will help ensure that your child stays on track and doesn’t need modifications.
Contact McDonald Orthodontics
If your children need braces or may need braces in the future, contact us at McDonald Orthodontics. Dr. John 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.