The Cost of Orthodontic Treatment: What to Expect and How to Afford It

Orthodontic treatment is a significant investment in your dental health and overall well-being, but the cost can be a concern for many people. Understanding what to expect in terms of costs and exploring ways to afford treatment can help you make informed decisions.

Several factors can influence the cost of orthodontic treatment, including the type of treatment, the complexity of the case, the duration of treatment, the location, and the orthodontist’s expertise. Additionally, the cost may include initial consultations, diagnostic tests, retainers, and follow-up appointments.


While costs can vary widely, some general estimates for common orthodontic treatments in the United States include traditional metal braces ranging from $3,000 to $7,000, ceramic braces from $4,000 to $8,000, lingual braces from $8,000 to $10,000, clear aligners from $3,000 to $7,000, and surgical orthodontics from $20,000 to $40,000.

To afford orthodontic treatment, you can explore various options. Dental insurance may cover a portion of the treatment costs, particularly for children, so it’s essential to check your coverage and choose an in-network provider if possible.

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for medical expenses, including orthodontic treatment. Payment plans and financing options, such as in-house financing or third-party financing services like CareCredit, offer flexible payment options to spread the cost over time.

Discounts, promotions, and family discounts may also be available, so it’s worth exploring these options with your orthodontist.

Government programs like Medicaid and CHIP may provide coverage for orthodontic treatment for children from low-income families, depending on the state. Non-profit organizations like Smiles Change Lives and Smile for a Lifetime offer orthodontic care to children in need at a reduced cost or free of charge.

Additionally, orthodontic treatment costs may be tax-deductible if they exceed a certain percentage of your adjusted gross income, so consult a tax professional to understand the specific criteria and how to claim this deduction. 

Furthermore, early intervention, good oral hygiene, and following treatment plans can help reduce orthodontic costs by preventing complications and additional treatments. Orthodontic treatment is a valuable investment in your dental health and confidence, and by understanding the costs and exploring financing options, you can make it more affordable and accessible.

At ODONTO, we are committed to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile, so feel free to contact us to discuss your treatment options and find a plan that works for you.

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