The cost of braces depends on the type of braces you are offered, but they tend to be pretty expensive. For example, the traditional metal braces can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000, while lingual braces can cost over $10,000. A lot of question has been asked over whether there are any cheap alternatives to braces. Unfortunately, the answer is no. If there was, there wouldn’t be as many people out there with braces on. If you are able to afford braces, I recommend highly that you go through with the procedure. If you let it be, you will encounter a lot of dental problems later in your life that will cost an even greater fortune to fix. Don’t underestimate the importance of correcting your teeth alignment.
There are many detrimental consequences that can arise as a result of having an incorrect teeth structure. For example, if your teeth continue to grow in weird directions, you could to start to have chronic gum and teeth pains. By then, your teeth will have to be removed in order to get rid of the pain. Bad teeth can also be a big turn-off for a lot of people so you don’t want your love life to suffer because of your teeth. As shallow as it may sound, bad teeth can lead to all kinds of unwanted assumptions. For example, people may think that you don’t care much about your appearance. To avoid these kinds of situations, it is better to have your teeth corrected as early as possible.
Of course, it’s more than understandable that braces are just well beyond your budget. In that case, check your insurance and see if it covers orthodontic. Bear in mind that the orthodontic treatment option disappears for a lot of health insurance plans after a person reaches the age of 18. Therefore, if you are still under the age of 18, you might be able to get your insurance provider to cover some of the medical expenses.
If you are not able to make one down payment, ask the dentist if it is possible to pay using a monthly payment plan instead. For example, some dentists allow patients to pay around one hundred dollars a month, so this makes braces treatment a lot more affordable.
Again, it’s definitely unfair for braces to be so expensive, but if you consider the consequences of not having your teeth treated, it is definitely something you should have done as soon as possible. Don’t leave it to the last minute. If you are looking for an alternative because you don’t like the appearance of the traditional braces, ask your dentist if it is possible to use an Invisalign instead.