How Much Do Braces Cost?

One of the most common questions we hear at Shine Orthodontics related to orthodontic treatment is “how much do braces cost?” Since there are multiple treatment options available and customized treatment plans for every patient, the answer to that question will depend on a few different variables, including:

  • The type of braces chosen
  • Whether the braces are for an adult or a child
  • The orthodontic issues being corrected
  • How long braces will be needed
  • If the patient has dental insurance that covers orthodontics
  • The orthodontist providing treatment
  • The area in which the patient lives and will be receiving treatment

These factors and more play a part in the total cost of treatment. For example, traditional metal braces tend to be the least expensive option, while clear braces or Invisalign clear aligner therapy may cost slightly more. Additionally, orthodontic treatment for children can be a bit less expensive than adult treatment, though this will depend largely on the individual. Patients with more severe or complex orthodontic issues may require longer treatment times and more appointments. 

What does the total cost of treatment include?

There’s no need to worry about hidden fees or unexpected costs at Shine Orthodontics. We’ll outline everything included in your treatment plan before we ever begin the active phase of your treatment. Our customized plans contain everything you’ll need for beautiful results that last, including:

  • all appointments, including emergency visits
  • braces or aligners
  • retainers
  • post-treatment follow-up visits
  • an oral hygiene starter pack

Our treatment fees reflect the skill and expertise of our team, the quality of the products we use, and the top-notch service we provide. Dr. Rita McGrogan has nearly 20 years of experience creating healthy smiles for her patients! We believe that braces are a significant investment and we’re proud to help our patients achieve confident smiles they can enjoy for years to come. 

What is the average cost for braces?

Since every case is unique, there is no “one size fits all” answer as to how much your braces treatment will cost. However, the average cost for orthodontic treatment for children ranges from $2,500 to $5,600, while adult braces or aligners can cost from $4,000 to $5,800. Again, the total cost of braces will depend on the patient’s specific needs along with the factors mentioned above. 

Using dental insurance to cover orthodontic treatment

Many dental insurance plans will cover orthodontic treatment, but the coverage rules and policies can be confusing and overwhelming. Our team has years of experience working with insurance companies and we’re committed to helping our patients receive the maximum coverage! In most cases, insurance benefits will range from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the plan. 

Each treatment plan is customized to meet the needs of each patient based upon the results of the initial examination and the professional opinion of Dr. McGrogan. You can trust that we’ll only recommend the treatment option that is the best fit for your smile, not whether a certain option is covered by insurance. 

Once a patient has seen Dr. McGrogan for their initial consultation and received their diagnosis and treatment plan, those with dental insurance should contact their provider to find out what will be covered in the way of orthodontic treatment. The Shine Orthodontics team will gladly assist you with this in order to ensure you get the maximum coverage. 

As a courtesy to our patients, we’re happy to file your insurance claims and paperwork. Co-payments or out of pocket expenses will be estimated in advance of treatment. 

If insurance will not cover treatment, can the cost be deducted?

If orthodontic treatment is determined to be medically necessary by Dr. McGrogan, the associated costs could potentially be tax-deductible. However, the cost has to exceed a certain amount before any deductions would be applied. Patients should keep track of all expenses associated with orthodontic treatment if they wish to deduct the costs, including co-pays and check-up visits.

Will Medicaid cover the cost of orthodontic treatment?

Treatment costs may be covered by Medicaid if the patient’s braces are deemed medically necessary. Unfortunately, Medicaid does not cover routine orthodontic treatment. For those who want to learn more about this possibility, visit It is important to ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum before proceeding with any type of treatment.


Beautiful smiles are worth the investment at Shine Orthodontics

Here at Shine Orthodontics, we believe that orthodontic treatment is about more than just straightening your smile. Oral health plays an important role in overall health. Misaligned teeth can increase the risk for cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, pain, and soreness in the head and neck, among other things. While orthodontic treatment can be a big investment, it’s one that will last a lifetime!

Your smile is too important to comparison-shop based on price alone. While we understand wanting to get a good deal, when it comes to choosing an orthodontist, skill and experience are the most important things to consider. Patients will spend quite a bit of time visiting their orthodontist’s office throughout the course of their treatment, so it’s important to choose a practice that makes you feel at home!

At Shine Orthodontics, we aim to provide every patient with a positive, stress-free orthodontic experience, from the initial consultation to the final appointment. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable orthodontic care, and we work hard to ensure this for every patient. 

To learn more about how you can use braces to achieve the beautiful smile of your dreams for an affordable price, contact Shine Orthodontics today and schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. McGrogan.

To learn more about beautiful smiles, costs, and payment options, contact us for a complimentary consultation.