The average cost of braces can vary a lot depending on several factors, but the biggest are the condition of your teeth (how much work needs to be done) and the type of braces you want to get.
Some peoples’ teeth just need a slight tweaking, whereas others need some intensive intervention to get that smile back to where it needs to be. We want you to leave the orthodontist with the biggest smile on your face–a smile with perfectly straight teeth, that will draw the eye and provide you with a lifetime of good dental health.
What Are the Types of Braces and What Do They Cost
Traditional metal braces are the least expensive, and they cost somewhere between $3000 to $7000. The next are ceramic braces, which will run $4,000 to $8,000, followed by lingual braces, which are $8,000 to $10,000. Invisalign is a different type of braces, and they’ll typically cost in the $4,000 to $7,000 range.
When you pay for braces, you very rarely will pay the entire amount upfront or in a lump sum. Payment plans are available for your convenience. You can also look into your dental insurance coverage. Some companies help with the total cost of braces.
What Ways Are there to Save Money with the Cost of Braces?
Aside from getting your insurance plan to help cover the cost, many people find that using a flexible spending plan helps save a lot of money. A flexible spending account lets you set aside money from your paycheck at the beginning of a calendar year, money that will not be taxed, and which you can only spend on medical bills. From then on, you’ll make monthly payments.
If Insurance Doesn’t Cover Braces, Can I Deduct the Cost From My Taxes?
If the braces are medically necessary (which most are, unlike something like teeth whitening), then yes it can be deducted from your taxes as a medical expense. The cost must cross a certain threshold before it can count (7.5% of line 37 on your 1040.) Make sure you keep track of all the small expenses that come from wearing braces and the treatment plan, including co-pays, cleanings, check-ups, etc.