July 28, 2022
Orthodontic braces are used to straighten your teeth, correct your bite, and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. But how much do they cost in the state of Massachusetts?
As a rough estimate, patients in Massachusetts can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000 for orthodontic braces. Your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of braces you choose, how long you will wear them, and your dental insurance plan.
While you should visit an experienced orthodontist for an accurate estimate, this page provides a price range for the average patient. Keep reading to learn about the different types of braces, the factors that influence the cost, and how you can pay for braces.
In its 2020 survey, the American Dental Association listed the average cost of full orthodontic treatment (which includes braces) as $4,200 to $6,600. While they typically cost less for patients with a mild case, braces could cost up to $10,000 for severe cases.
The total cost of braces can vary widely for each type. Here is a list of the types of braces we offer in Massachusetts, along with their average price range:
Conventional braces use metal brackets and wires to realign the patient’s smile. Metal braces are usually the most affordable option, but they’re also the most noticeable.
On average, patients who choose metal braces can expect to spend between $2,000 and $6,500 for full orthodontic treatment.
Ceramic braces work the same way metal braces do, but the brackets are made of ceramic material that blends in with your natural smile. This makes them popular with patients who want a more discreet appearance.
On average, ceramic braces cost between $3,000 and $7,000 for full treatment. While they tend to be more expensive than metal braces, most patients will find that they are just as affordable.
Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth without brackets or wires. Instead of wearing fixed braces, Invisalign patients wear clear plastic aligners that are customized for their mouth. Patients can easily remove these clear aligners to eat and brush their teeth.
While the cost is comparable, Invisalign tends to be slightly more expensive than conventional braces. The average patient can expect to spend between $3,000 and $7,000 for full treatment.
While orthodontic treatment is a worthwhile investment, it can be difficult to determine whether you will be able to afford the cost of braces. The price range is wide because multiple factors influence the final cost. Below, we will break down these factors.
Your individual needs as a patient will have the biggest impact on the price of braces. A severe case of cross-bite simply requires more time and office visits than a mild case of crowding. The more time and attention that your smile requires, the higher your final cost will be.
During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will examine your mouth to estimate how long treatment will take, which treatment options are available to you, and how much they will cost for your specific case.
In general, where you choose to receive orthodontic treatment will affect your final cost of braces. For example, orthodontists in Boston typically have higher overhead costs than those in the suburbs, and this is usually reflected in the cost of treatment.
As another example, a seasoned orthodontist tends to charge more for their labor than a general dentist. However, an orthodontist has specialized experience which can lead to shorter treatment time and lower costs for the patient.
Other factors (such as competitive pricing) can cause the cost of braces to vary depending on who you visit. However, these factors will not influence your final cost as much as the severity of your case will; so you shouldn’t feel pressured to choose a treatment provider that you aren’t comfortable with.
If you have health or dental insurance, it may help cover the cost of braces. However, coverage rules and policies vary, and they can be confusing for the average consumer. At Somerville Orthodontics, we’ve been working with insurance companies for years, and we help our patients receive as much coverage as possible.
Braces can be expensive, but there are more options than ever to help patients afford them. At Somerville Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping our patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles without causing financial strain.
At your first appointment, Dr. Moonyoung Lee will examine your smile to develop a treatment plan that’s right for your needs. Then, our financial coordinator will work with your insurance company to determine how much coverage you will receive.
Finally, we offer interest-free payment plans to spread the cost of your orthodontic treatment into monthly payments.
Ready to get started? Contact Somerville Orthodontics today to schedule your complimentary smile assessment!