Prices depend on where you live – orthodontists in more rural areas are often less expensive than ones in larger cities - and may be at the orthodontist's discretion.
Does health or dental insurance cover braces?
If you have health or dental insurance, check with your provider. Most health plans don't pay for orthodontic treatment for people over 18 years old, but they do partially cover children under age 18. If your dental or health plan does not include orthodontic coverage, you can also buy supplemental orthodontic insurance.
For any plan, be sure to ask about the percentage they cover and the lifetime maximum. The amount of coverage varies greatly, but a common figure is 50% coverage with a $1500 lifetime maximum per child.
It's also recommended that you keep the same insurance plan during your entire orthodontic treatment. Most orthodontic coverage will not cover braces if they have already been applied to the teeth prior to the effective date of the policy. This would be considered a pre-existing condition and becomes an out-of-pocket expense.
If my insurance doesn't cover it, can I deduct the cost?
As long as they're considered medically necessary (and braces, unlike whitening treatment and veneers, count), dental health care costs are tax deductible. However, the cost has to exceed a certain amount before you can begin deducting it (7.5 percent of line 37 on Form 1040, your adjusted gross income. To learn more, visit
). Keep track of even small expenses, like co-pays and check-ups, because these can add up.
What about Medicaid?
If you qualify for Medicaid and braces are deemed medically necessary, Medicaid may cover them. Be sure to ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum. To learn more, visit
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Many offices offer payment plans. Ask your orthodontist.
Keep in mind that you can also set aside pretax dollars to help pay for these treatments in a flexible spending account, health savings account, health reimbursement account, or medical savings account if you have one.
Orthodontists in Training
Check to see if a university near you has a dental or orthodontic school. Apprentices at these schools can offer services, fully supervised by experienced orthodontists, at a reduced cost.
Plan ahead – orthodontists often know years in advance that a child will likely need braces and/or other orthodontic treatment. An early checkup (orthodontists recommend one by age 7) will help you know what's coming so you can budget in advance and decide whether dental or orthodontic insurance is worth the investment.
No matter how you’re paying for braces, it’s important to pay extra attention to your oral hygiene as your teeth straighten out. Plaque and food debris can get trapped in-between brackets, leaving teeth more susceptible to staining and even decay. Brushing with an electric toothbrush like the
Oral-B iO ensures you get a more thorough clean, every time. Or you can choose an electric toothbrush equipped with specialized brush heads like Oral-B Power Tip Brush Heads which can help remove more plaque from hard to reach places. Flossing is equally as important, Oral-B Super Floss is uniquely designed to clean braces, bridges, and gaps between teeth.
The right oral care routine can help you make the most of your braces so you can reveal not just a straighter smile, but a more vibrant one, too.
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