Why Do Orthodontists Charge Difference Fees for Braces?

If you are just starting out on your orthodontic journey, or your child's dentist has referred them for orthodontic work, you may be feeling overwhelmed and have many questions. There is a lot to consider when it comes to orthodontia, but fortunately, there is a lot of resources out there to help you. Our team at Cascadia Smiles Orthodontics is passionate about orthodontics and helping people feel confident in their smiles. One main concern of many families is the price of orthodontic work. Our team would be happy to discuss financing and insurance options with you at your initial appointment, but here is some information about fees.

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Not All Treatments Are Equal

Orthodontic fees are based on your specific treatment. At your initial visit, your orthodontist will take photographs, review x-rays, and perform a comprehensive exam in order to establish a diagnosis. Then, your orthodontist will present you with treatment options to meet your specific goals and needs. These treatment options may include different treatment modalities, such as braces or clear aligners (e.g., Invisalign), and vary in treatment time and cost. The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on complexity. In providing you a cost estimate, your orthodontist will consider the severity of your malocclusion (i.e., the misalignment of teeth and bites), the treatment modality, and expected treatment time. Thus, the cost of treatment varies from person-to-person.

Scenarios to Consider

Consider this example: Patient A has a severe overbite, an impacted tooth, and crowded teeth. Their goal is to fully correct their bite and improve their smile. Patient B has a small diastema (i.e., a gap between the upper two front teeth) and a couple crooked teeth. Their goal is only to improve their smile. Multiple types of orthodontic appliances, over a longer period of time, may be needed for Patient A. While both patients may be treated with braces, it will likely cost more for Patient A than Patient B because of the complexity of the treatment.

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To discuss if orthodontic treatment is right for you, schedule a complementary consultation with us. We are happy to discuss your goals and will tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs.

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