These days, affording braces is possible without breaking the bank. But it's important to take care of dental braces in order to get the most from your investment. The cost of braces varies depending on the extent of work needed, but the total can range from about $1,800 to more than $5,000. Some dental insurance plans will cover part of the cost, and some will not cover any.
Ask your dentist to help you find an orthodontist who takes your insurance, and you'll have a better chance of getting the best deal on braces. Also check with your health benefits administrator about using money from a flexible spending account or health savings plan to make up any differences in cost that aren't covered by insurance.
Following a consistent oral care routine as recommended by your dentist will help keep your teeth and gums healthy and keep your braces in good condition while reducing the risk of added expenses from brackets or wires that are damaged or broken. Cleaning your teeth will take extra time, but it's worth the effort. Keep in mind that you can clean your teeth with braces more effectively if you use specialized products.