Cost of Braces for Children | Kids Braces Cost Information

 Prices for Children's Braces

$5,000 and up.  Range of the cost of braces for kids.  “The cost of braces ranges from $5, 000 and up. Less visible braces may cost more because of their cosmetic nature.” How much are braces for kids?  How much do braces cost for kids?  (Does my child need braces?,” Decatur Daily Democrat, Decatur, Indiana, February 4, 2010, p. 5A)

$4,140. Average cost of braces in the Middle Atlantic region for a child living in a community in a 50,000 to 500,000 population (2005).  “Fees also vary slightly by region and the size of a community. In the Middle Atlantic region, which includes New York, the average cost of braces in 2005 was $4,140 for a child and $4,558 for an adult in communities with 50,000 to 500,000 population, according to the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. Costs tend to be higher in bigger cities.” What is the average cost of braces for children? Cost of braces for children.  (Rick Moriarty, 315-470-3148, “Brace yourself - A little planning saves a lot when spending thousands of dollars on a beautiful smile,” The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York, October 16, 2006, p. 8)

$4000 - $5000.  Typical fee charged for children's orthodontic treatment.  "More than 30 [Kansas City] area orthodontists [have agreed] to treat at least three new children each year for a flat fee of $2,000, instead of the more typical $4,000 to $5,000 charged for orthodontic treatment. A child's family provides the first $200 cost of the treatment, and the program pays the balance, to $2,000."  Cost of braces for children. Kids braces cost.  (Lola Butcher, Staff Writer, “KC orthodontists' program for needy goes national," Kansas City Business Journal, Kansas City, Missouri, Friday, June 24, 2005)

$4000 or more.  Average cost of braces.  “At an average cost of more than $4,000, a set of braces is a serious investment. But, once the braces come off, your child's teeth will be straight and perfect, right?  Not necessarily. The truth is, if your child practices poor oral hygiene while wearing braces, plaque can build-up under and around the brackets, bands and wires, possibly causing permanent white scars or spots to remain on newly-straightened teeth.” How much do braces for kids cost? Cost of kids braces. What is the average cost of braces for children? (No author credited, “Practicing Poor Oral Hygiene Can Leave Kids and Parents Frowning When the Braces Come Off,” PR Newswire, May 1, 2003)

$4000.  Price reported for kids braces when prepaid in full.  “OK, say your kid needs braces.  So you take him to a local, well recommended orthodontist and he offers you a deal. Pay for your kid's treatments up front and you won't have to pay another cent. He'll even cut you a break on the price.  So you hit the family savings for about $4,000. (What are you going to do, let your kid go through life with crooked teeth?) And you fork it over. The braces go on.” How much are braces for kids?  Braces for kids cost. Braces cost for kids. (Gil Spencer, “Brace yourself if your kids need dental work,” Delaware County Daily Times, Primos - Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, March 29, 2006)

$4000.  Approximate cost of braces for eleven-year-old child in Washington, DC suburb.  “When Judy Laniak learned last year that her daughter, Leia, needed more than $4,000 worth of braces for her teeth, she worried about the cost, but she didn't hesitate to start treatment.  ‘You just have to close your eyes and do what you can do,’ said Laniak, of Alexandria. Leia, 11, had a slight lisp from a gap in her teeth and received a full set of braces in July and is doing well. ‘It has to be done. I want her to go through life with a nice straight smile, rather than grow up and say, `You never did this for me.’ ’  It's a feeling that many parents share. They want to provide the best for their children, and a nice, beautiful smile offers certain social advantages not limited to television anchors.  As a result, braces have become almost a rite of passage in the United States.” How much are braces for kids?  (Sally Squires, “Let's Get Something Straight! Parents and Dentists Wrestle Over Which Kids Need Braces and When” Washington Post, Washington, DC, September 29, 1998, p. Z12)

$3,000 - $6,000.  Price range for a teenager’s braces.  “The bill for a teenager's braces ranges from $3,000 to $6,000, [Anchorage orthodontist Tom Hartman] said.” How much are braces for teenagers? (Ann Potempa, “Braces for all ages - Adults join teenagers in the waiting rooms of local orthodontists,” Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, Alaska, February 25, 2003, p. D1)

$2000.  Philanthropic orthodontic treatment fee offered by Kansas City orthodontists to help low income children.  “Since 1997, the Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership has worked with Kansas City-area orthodontists to help low-income children whose oral abnormalities are severe enough that they cause embarrassment, low self-esteem and social problems.  More than 30 [Kansas City] area orthodontists [have agreed] to treat at least three new children each year for a flat fee of $2,000, instead of the more typical $4,000 to $5,000 charged for orthodontic treatment. A child's family provides the first $200 cost of the treatment, and the program pays the balance, to $2,000.”  Orthodontist help for low income.  Braces for low income families.  Cost assistance paying for braces. Affordable braces.  (Lola Butcher, Staff Writer, “KC orthodontists' program for needy goes national,” Kansas City Business Journal, Kansas City, Missouri, Friday, June 24, 2005)

$1,500.  Payout limit on the vast majority of dental insurance policies.  “The U.S. is facing a dental crisis. Only about 50% of the population has dental insurance, compared with the 85% who have medical benefits. Medicare doesn't cover dental procedures, despite the fact that aging teeth are just like aging bodies—vulnerable and brittle. That means more and more patients will be traveling abroad to take care of their pearly whites.  The problem in the U.S. is aggravated by the fact that even people with dental insurance aren't that well covered. The vast majority of policies have a $1,500 annual cap on payouts, a level that hasn't changed since the 1970s, though premiums have been rising. That $1,500 can easily be wiped out by one complicated root canal or a crown.” (Catherine Arnst, “Lack of Insurance Drives Dental Tourism,” Business Week, November 9, 2008)

 


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"Braces are now to the teen years
what bifocals are to middle age.
They come with the territory.
"
 
Tom Parisi, Batavia, Illinois



"[Braces] have become almost
a rite of passage in the United States."
 
— Sally Squires, Washington Post



You just have to close your eyes
and do what you can do.
It has to be done.
I want her to go through life
with a nice straight smile,
rather than grow up and say,
`You never did this for me.'

                    — Judy Laniak, Alexandria, VA
On paying over $4000 for braces

for her 11-year old daughter



[Making the final payment
on my daughter’s braces is] a relief
probably more than anything.
It's just a rite of passage, I guess.
It's a given
for this generation.

— Pat Dooley, Marcellus, New York

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