Each year, millions of patients embark on orthodontic journeys. The cost of orthodontic treatment is not only an investment of time but of money as well. The average cost of orthodontic braces in Canada can range anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the patient’s dental requirements.
In this article, we’ll discuss the different factors and payment options to consider so you can comfortably fit orthodontic treatment into your budget and more importantly, to ensure that you feel confident and secure in your decision.
Each patient’s specific orthodontic issues and their severity will play the largest role in determining the cost of orthodontic treatment, and understandably, the cost of orthodontic treatment can make some patients hesitant to explore options. Ideally, it’s beneficial to appropriately plan to incorporate the cost of orthodontic treatment into your budget. Multiple factors that affect the cost of treatment include your specific oral health needs, how much work needs to be completed, any coverage that your insurance plan provides, your location and the average price of treatment in your area, and the amount of time and work that’s required of your orthodontist.
Choose the Right Orthodontist
Dentistry is not only built on clinical skills but relationships, too. Choosing the right orthodontist is crucial in achieving the smile of your dreams. Your trained orthodontist should have years of experience and outstanding ratings and referrals from satisfied patients. The first thing your orthodontist will want to do is to consult to inspect your teeth, assess your bite, take X-rays, and determine the course of treatment. This visit will solely represent the consultation and diagnostic phase. Having an open dialogue with your orthodontist is important when deciding on your care. Ultimately, the choice belongs to you, but it’s important to find an orthodontist who has your best interest, and your budget, in mind.
Consider Different Treatment Options
Your orthodontist will help you create the best plan for your particular situation. With today’s advancements in technology, there are many different treatment options available depending on your orthodontic needs. Treatment options include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and removable appliances such as clear aligners and retainers. A helpful tip is to become educated on the treatment options that are available for your specific orthodontic needs. Be sure to ask all of the right questions so that you feel confident in your final decision.
Ask About Payment Plans or Financing Options Up Front
It’s recommended to speak with your dental office to learn about all of the offered payment plans available. Every orthodontic practice will have a variety of payment options that will make it easier financially for you or your family members. Many dental practices offer affordable and flexible monthly payment plans that provide an opportunity to make small payments throughout your treatment, rather than paying for the entirety of your treatment up front.
Check Your Insurance Plan
Orthodontic coverage varies between plans and providers. Many insurance providers will allow patients to increase the orthodontic option, and if you’re considering treatment for a child and both parents have coverage, you will be able to apply both plans. It’s important to have your insurance company fully explain your orthodontic coverage to you. According to a report by the Canadian Association of Orthodontics (CAO), orthodontics are covered separately in a dental insurance contract and the procedure is typically covered at the 50 percent level.
Follow All Post-Treatment Protocols
As previously mentioned, orthodontic treatment is a big investment in time and money. Following your orthodontist’s post-treatment protocol will prevent the need to redo treatment and will ultimately keep the cost of treatment down. To avoid tooth movement after your braces or appliances are removed, a retainer, whether fixed or removable, will likely be recommended to keep your teeth in their new position. Over time, your teeth can shift back to their original position if you don’t follow your post-treatment plan. It’s important to remember that patient compliance is an essential part of successful orthodontic treatment.
Everyone deserves a smile that they’re proud of, and there are ways to reduce or manage the cost of orthodontic treatment. Be sure to explore all options that suit your lifestyle and budget, and listen carefully to the recommendations of your dental professional.