If you are having problems with crooked teeth, you might be wondering how they can be resolved, and if it is going to be expensive. Crooked teeth are no longer a problem today. You can simply undergo orthodontic treatment and have them fixed.
In terms of cost, it is a worthy investment; the benefits by far outweigh the costs. The increased self-confidence, benefits of improved access to clean your teeth, a beautiful smile, and better function of a proper bite are some of the key benefits of having straight teeth.
So, what are the costs like?
The prices for comprehensive orthodontic treatment ranges from about $5,000 to $6,500 depending on case complexity, patient age, and type of braces. Get a consultation with the orthodontist to get a proper estimate of the fees involved. A suitable payment plan can be arranged to suit your budget.
The orthodontist will clinically assess your mouth and face and offer an overview of what the course of treatment would be, the time and approximate cost involved, any associated risks, and explore alternatives.
The dentist needs a set of diagnostic records to properly diagnose your case and develop a treatment plan. Records include a set of photographs (teeth and face), a set of study models (impressions/moulds of patient’s teeth), panoramic X-ray showing the teeth present, developing teeth, the health of the teeth and supporting bone, and also a cephalometric X-ray (a side X-ray of the head) that allows your orthodontist to assess your orthodontic problems and determine the best course of treatment.
After reviewing the records, the orthodontist may schedule an appointment to discuss the recommended treatment plan and alternative plans with you in more detail, and highlight any difficulties you may encounter.
The fee for orthodontic treatment is depends on the materials used, the level of difficulty and the amount of time it would take to accomplish the desired result.
After your braces have been removed, there will be scheduled visits back to see your orthodontist to check your retainers, and to check the alignment of your teeth. The fee for maintenance/retention appointments up to a certain time limit may be bundled in with the overall fee.