What is The Cost of Braces?

If you’ve been looking into orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, then you already know there are many things you need to consider before taking the leap. The cost of treatment is an important one! 

Here at Selden Orthodontics, we’re often asked how much braces will cost. The answer to that question can be surprisingly complex, as there are a number of contributing factors that go into calculating the total cost of treatment. These include the extent of the orthodontic issues, the age of the patient, the location of the orthodontist you choose, and much more. 

Although the cost of braces will vary from case to case, we can still give you a general idea of the average cost. For a child, treatment with braces can run anywhere from $3-7K, while adult braces are usually about $5-8K in total. We know that braces can be a significant investment for most families, but the benefits are significant! Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that go into the total cost of braces. 

Cost of Braces

Braces for every budget

At Selden Orthodontics, we believe everyone should have access to outstanding orthodontic care and affordable treatment options. Our personalized treatment plans are designed to fit the specific needs, lifestyle, and goals of each patient. For your convenience, we offer in-office payment plans and also accept all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. 

Some dental insurance plans will cover orthodontic treatment in part or full. We are in-network with Delta and Cigna DPPO, and our team will be happy to help with your insurance claims and paperwork. If your insurance will not cover treatment, and the braces are deemed to be medically necessary, the dental health care costs associated with them can sometimes be tax-deductible. However, the cost has to exceed a certain amount before any deductions would kick in. If you’re interested in deducting the cost of braces, you’ll want to keep track of all expenses associated with them, including co-pays and check-up visits.

Treatment costs may also be covered by Medicaid if the braces are considered to be medically necessary. To learn more about this possibility, visit http://www.medicaid.gov/. It is important to ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum before proceeding with treatment.


The length of treatment

The total cost of braces will correspond to the level of treatment needed. For example, a patient who has a more complex or severe case will create more overall work for the orthodontist and require more follow-up appointments. This may translate to longer treatment times and higher fees than someone who has a milder orthodontic issue. When you schedule a complimentary consultation with Selden Orthodontics, we will be able to give you both an estimated treatment time and the total cost involved in creating a healthier, straighter smile for you!

Follow-up visits and costs 

Finding hidden costs halfway through treatment is no fun for anybody. You can trust our practice to always be transparent about our treatment fees and any other associated costs! These will be outlined during your consultation, and our team will ensure you understand exactly what’s included before you begin your orthodontic journey with us. The customized treatment plans Dr. Selden offers include everything you need to achieve and maintain a confident smile:

  • all appointments, including emergency visits
  • braces or aligners
  • post-treatment retainers
  • post-treatment follow-up visits
  • an oral hygiene starter pack

Our treatment fees reflect the skill and experience we possess, as well as the exceptional serv

ice, compassionate care, and top-quality technology we use. 

Investing in a healthier smile with Selden Orthodontics

Braces are beneficial in so many ways. From improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile to improving the overall function of your mouth, orthodontic treatment is one of the best things you can do for yourself or your child! Better oral health can also improve your total body health. Misaligned teeth can cause a number of related problems, including an increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, and soreness in the jaw, neck, or shoulders. Treatment with braces can help reduce or eliminate these symptoms, leaving you with a smile that looks great and feels good, too!

Selden Orthodontics is dedicated to providing affordable treatment options for every budget, including traditional metal and clear braces. If you’re in Charlotte, Huntersville, or the surrounding communities and would like to learn more about how braces can transform your smile, get in touch today! We’d love to set you up for a FREE virtual exam or in-office consultation with Dr. Selden.