Cost of Braces worldwide

Cost of Braces worldwide

The price of braces for teeth, how much braces cost as well as orthodontic costs of treatment are determined by a variety of factors such as:

·         The length of time a patient is expected to be in treatment;

·         Whether the patient is an adult or a child;

·         The extent to which teeth must be moved around to achieve proper alignment;

·         Differences in treatment methods;

·         Type of braces used,

·         Types of material used in the braces;

·         The complexity of the treatment, and;

Region of the U.S. and size of community.

The price of braces and orthodontic costs presented here are ranked from highest to lowest.  Please note the dates of the referenced citations.

$5,800 – $5,900.  Cost of SureSmile orthodontic braces treatment.

 “[Admittedly, [SureSmile orthodontic treatment] was an expensive solution, and [26 year-old bride-to-be Heather Claxton], a single mom with a 5-year-old daughter, said she had to learn how to budget accordingly. Her insurance covered $2,500 for the treatment (far more than the $1,000 most insurance plans typically cover), but she still paid $3,000 out-of-pocket. Despite a higher price tag, Claxton was happy with the results.

The [SureSmile] treatment costs about $500 more than conventional braces, up to $5,800 or $5,900, [Dr. Ron Cohen of Cohen Orthodontics] said.”  How much does orthodontic insurance cover? (Michael Schroeder, The Journal Gazette, Sure to broaden smiles, orthodontic treatment cuts time in braces,” The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, January 25, 2009, p. 4D)

$5,250 – $6,497.  Range of prices bid for orthodontic braces treatment.

“Then it hit me: Why not put the job [of finding the best price for orthodontic braces for Merrill Balassone, the Bee’s K-12 education reporter] out to bid?  After all, governments do this for public projects, and what is more public than your smile?  It’s pretty simple. You put out a request for proposals, detailing the work you want done. You set a deadline and wait for the bids to roll in. . . One doctor proposed Invisalign — invisible plastic braces — for $5,650, with an alternative bid of $5,250 for traditional metal braces.  The second doctor came in at $6,497 for Invisalign and $5,697 for metal braces.  The third bid $5,375 for a combination of ceramic and metal braces, which are less obvious than the old-style full metal bracket. She chose Dr. No. 3. It wasn’t the rock-bottom bid, but the product is more what she envisioned because she’ll be wearing the braces for about two years.” What is the price range for orthodontic work? (Jeff Jardine, Columnist, “Brace Yourself For Dental Care Bidding War,” The Modesto Bee, Modesto, California, December 30, 2007, p. B1)

$5000 – $7000.  Range of cost for invisible braces.

“Unlike traditional braces, which use metal or porcelain brackets and wires to adjust teeth, the Invisalign system adjusts teeth with a series of clear plastic aligners. Similar plastic aligners have long been used as retainers after treatment with braces is complete. But with advances in 3-D imaging technology, Align Technology Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif., uses a proprietary computer system to create a series of 12 to 48 aligners to incrementally move patients’ teeth…. David Wardlaw, [an] Invisalign-certified [orthodontist in the Little Rock, Arkansas area], said treatment with traditional braces runs $4,000-$5,000. But treatment with Invisalign will run $5,000-$7,000. Invisalign’s Web site says treatment, depending on the number of aligners required, ranges from $2,000-$8,000.” Estimated price for clear braces.  (No author credited, “Clear ‘Braces’ Available — For a Price,” Arkansas Business, Little Rock, Arkansas, November 20, 2000)

$4,800 – $7,000 (2010). Average cost of an adult set of braces is $4,800.

 but they can cost up to $7,000. (The American Association of Orthodontists).” (Sonja Isger, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, “Welcome To Tinsel Town – In Quest Of A Perfect Smile, More and More Adults are Following in the Steps of their Children and Getting Braces,” The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach, Florida, January 19, 2010, p. 1D)

$4,558. Average cost of braces in the Middle Atlantic region for an adult 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.” Average cost of braces in New York area.  (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) images (11)

$4500 – $7000. Price range cited for braces.

“Even in the best of times, paying $4,500 to $7,000 for braces (depending on the severity of alignment issues) is a stretch for many — not to mention the thousands that some spend on preparatory work. Dental insurance pays roughly $750 to $2,000; often, the whole tab is paid out of pocket.” How much are braces with insurance? Price range for braces. Price range dental braces. Braces cost with insurance. (Catherine Saint Louis, “Skin Deep – Many Cutbacks but Not for Straight Teeth,” The New York Times, New York City, New York, April 16, 2009)

$4000 – $5000. Typical fee charged for 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.” Cost of kids braces. (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.” 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)

$3,680. Cost of braces to correct overbite.

 “Her smile looked fine to me, but her dentist noticed an overbite and suggested consulting with an orthodontist. Sure enough, the orthodontist confirmed the diagnosis and said she would need braces for 18 months to pull the top teeth back to where they belong. The cost: $3,680.” (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)

$3,000 – $6,000.  Range of orthodontic fees charged in the U.S.

“Fees can range from $3,000 to $6,000, depending mostly on the extent to which teeth have to be moved around to get the proper alignment.” Cost of braces in the U.S.  (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)

$3000 – $5000. Average total price for braces.

“The average total price for braces ranges from $3,000 to $5,000. Most orthodontists offer payment plans.” Braces price range.  (Scott LaFee, Staff writer, “Straight talk – When it comes to braces, there are new options that make it easier to straighten your teeth,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, California, April 21, 2009, p. 22)

$2,700 – $2,800.  Fees charged for braces by dental program at Jacksonville University.  “The economy may be sick, but you don’t have to be. . . [There] are some more affordable options for dental patients.  At Jacksonville University, patients can get braces for about $2,700 to $2,800, which is about 40 percent less than at most orthodontists.  Laurance Jerrold, dean of JU’s orthodontics program, said the work is performed by top dentists training to become orthodontists. Call (904) 256-7846 to schedule an appointment.” (Jeremy Cox, “Stay healthy for less,” McClatchy-Tribune Regional News, The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida, February 24, 2009)

$2,499 (compared to $8500 in the U.S.).  Cost of braces for Americans traveling to Matamoros, Mexico to have their orthdontic work done by Greengos Dental.  “To be sure, [Greengos Dental in Matamoros, Mexico across the border from Brownsville, Texas] offers dental work at a significant discount. Braces run $2,499 there, compared to $8,500 in the U.S. Teeth cleaning and an oral exam cost $29.99 compared to the average $160 in the U.S.  Its dentists earn less too, just $18,000, well short of the six-figure salary dentists in the U.S. earn.  Taxes, regulations, and insurance are much lower also, and that makes the practice inherently riskier than anything stateside.” Cost of braces with insurance.  Braces costs in Mexico. (Aaron Nelsen, “Third-Market Dentistry: Greengos offers American quality at discount prices,” The Brownsville Herald, Brownsville, Texas, October 1, 2007)

$2000 – $6000. Cost range for invisible braces.

“Clear braces are hugely popular, but there’s not a lot of research to demonstrate the success rate of Invisalign. Orthodontist Garrett Djeu did do a small study comparing Invisalign to traditional braces.  [He concluded that] Invisalign works very well in certain types of cases.  But not for buck teeth, overbites or crossbites. He found it is good at closing small gaps and correcting mildly crowded teeth….  The cost of veneers can also run a couple thousand dollars per tooth, and invisible braces range for about two to 6,000.” (Allison Aubrey, Renee Montagne, “Procedures Can Brighten Up That Aging Smile,” NPR Morning Edition, January 10, 2008)  Listen to this entire story aired on NPR Morning Edition.

$2,000 to upwards of $5,500. Typical range for orthodontic care.

“Cost varies as well, depending on the length and extent of treatment, but [Dr. Richard H. Albright Jr., an orthodontist with offices in Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Quarryville and Willow Street, Pennsylvania] says a typical range for orthodontic care is $2,000 to upwards of $5,500. Insurance may cover some treatments.”  How much do braces cost with insurance? (Catherine S. Molitoris, “Bright bites – With colorful choices and less painful components, kids are clamoring for braces,” Lancaster New Era, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, August 28, 2007, p. A6)

$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.”  (Lola Butcher, Staff Writer, “KC orthodontists’ program for needy goes national,” Kansas City Business Journal, Kansas City, Missouri, Friday, June 24, 2005)

$1,800 – $5,500.  Range of cost of braces.  “How Much Do Braces Cost?  The cost of braces varies, but you can expect the cost to be between $1,800 and $5,500. Some insurance carriers provide partial coverage for orthodontic treatment while others provide none at all. Check with your insurance provider for the specifics of what your policy covers.”  Cost of braces with insurance. (Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson Mathis, MD, on May 1, 2005 with last editorial review on May 1, 2007, “How Much Do Braces Cost?,”, San Clemente, California, retrieved Saturday, July 11, 2009)

$1,500 – $2,000.  Estimated cost range for early orthodontic treatment for young children.

“Early treatment can cost as much as $1,500-$2,000 and patients often need braces later to adjust the adult teeth.  The added expense has caused some critics to ask if orthodontists push early intervention to make more money, as the University of Michigan’s [Dr. Lysle E. Johnston Jr., chief of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and a leading critic of early intervention] suggested..  …”The backlash I hear from patients is that they use up their insurance on the first stage, and they are horrified to learn they have to pay for the second stage out of their pocket,” [said Dr. Laurance E. Jerrold, an orthodontist, who teaches ethics at New York University School of Dentistry]. ‘That I hear a lot.’’”  Children’s braces cost. (Clara Hemphill, “Early Intervention Dentistry {Orthodontics}: Going to Work on Baby Teeth,” The New York Times, New York City, New York, Tuesday, December 5, 2000)

$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)

$350.  Amount extra charged for a full set of gold braces rather than standard braces.  “A full set of braces for adults runs between $3,300 and $4,400. A gold set costs about $350 more [$3,650 to $4,750], said Mrs. [Karen] Poore’s orthodontist, Michael Rogers.  Braces for children cost less because children’s teeth straighten faster than those of adults, he said.” (Tracie Powell, Staff Writer, “Bracing for Gold – Adults Love Appliances That Give Them 24-Karat Smiles,” The Augusta Chronicle,Augusta, Georgia, December 11, 1997, p. B01)

$250. Amount paid by qualifying low income families for orthodontic treatment for children available through the Smiles Change Lives program.  “Smiles Change Lives, a national nonprofit organization that provides life-changing, essential orthodontic treatment to children from low-income families, is seeking referrals of children with severely crooked teeth and misaligned jaws who desperately need braces to improve their physical, emotional and social development. The families that turn to Smiles Change Lives (SCL) for assistance cannot afford the average cost of $5,000 to provide this life-changing treatment to their children. . . Applicants and their families complete an application, submit all required paperwork and agree to pay the first $250 toward the cost of treatment. ( for more information or to download an application.)” (Joie Tyrrell, “Helping pay for braces,” Newsday Blogs, Long Island, New York, August 20, 2009)

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