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Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

boy with slightlly crooked teeth with his slightly older sister that has braces

The answer is, yes!

We’re going to start with the facts: yes, there are dental insurance plans that help cover costs for children’s orthodontics, but to what extent depends on the insurance. Currently, the out-of-pocket cost of braces ranges from $3,000-$7,000 based on the type of treatment, the duration of treatment, the orthodontist, location, your dental insurance, and any other restorative work that may need to be completed before or throughout treatment.* The high cost for orthodontic services only helps aid in the argument as to why having insurance can make a huge impact.

“The cost of braces ranges from $3,000-$7,000 depending on the type of  treatment.”

As high as it may seem, nearly 4 million individuals in North America under the age of 18 have braces. Several reasons can factor into the need, so as a parent, being on the cautious side and suspecting there may be a demand could help you prepare financially for what’s to come.  

At this point, we’re sure you know how expensive the service is, but why is it necessary and how soon will a dentist be able to identify a problem? Evaluations can be done as early as age 7 to diagnose potential complications and maximize effectiveness.** Having straight teeth isn’t only for vanity purposes. Proper alignment can prevent food from getting stuck in the teeth’s crevices which can lead to tooth decay.* Other health benefits include the ability to chew and digest food easier, possibly preventing the need for other major dental work including bridges and implants and it can help reduce tension in the jaw.

With all the facts laid out, we hope the high cost of braces not only stresses the need for insurance but places a large emphasis on how important it is to plan ahead.

If you’re currently looking for insurance or would like to speak to a representative at Spirit Dental about our plans and offerings, click here.
 
*Source: Consumer Guide To Dentistry
** Source: American Association of Orthodontists, 2013

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