Are braces a wise investment?

If you noticed flaws in the straightness of your teeth, you’ve probably done a Google Search for “orthodontics near me” to learn about orthodontists in your area. If you have yet to schedule an appointment with Markham Orthodontics, chances are you are concerned about the cost of braces and whether or not the benefits are worth it. After all, orthodontics may seem merely cosmetic. Will insurance cover any of the costs? Is getting braces a worthy investment?

In most cases, yes, it is. Read on to find answers.

The Benefits of Braces

The main reason teenagers and adults consider braces is to improve their smiles. Having a healthier, straighter smile builds confidence. Also worth noting is that a straighter smile can improve the symmetry of the face and perceived beauty. This can have a strong, positive effect on a person’s self-esteem, which will directly relate to their personal and professional life.

A better bite makes it easier to chew. (By better bite, we mean teeth that are properly aligned so that upper and lower arches fit together well and jaw joints are in balance.) Sure, a few foods may be off the menu if you choose to go with traditional braces, but the restrictions are only temporary. When teeth are properly aligned, speech can improve. An overbite can cause a lisp, which can negatively impact the clarity of speech and quality of life.

Orthodontics is considered by many to be purely about aesthetics, but it does help to treat medical conditions. Straighter teeth contribute to better oral health. Crowded and misaligned teeth are more difficult to brush and floss properly, and this can create problems with gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. Gum disease is linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and even premature birth, so it’s no small risk.

The Cost of Braces

The out-of-pocket cost of braces is dependent on a number of factors. These include the severity of the problem being treated, the recommended treatment time, the type of braces chosen, and your insurance plan. Of all of these, your insurance plan is the most important.

Not all dental insurance plans cover the cost of orthodontic treatment, though some will cover it in part for patients under 18. Talk with your insurance company about coverage or ask our front-desk insurance experts for help. To make sure nothing comes between you and a healthy, beautiful smile, we have affordable payment plans, including Care Credit®, and we accept most major credit cards.

Without insurance, the estimated cost of braces ranges from $3000 to $10,000. The least expensive braces are traditional metal braces. And, contrary to what you may have heard, Invisalign is not the most expensive option. Lingual braces are more expensive.

The Bottom Line

Braces come with a cost of both money and time, but the investment is worthwhile. Flaws in a person’s smile can affect them psychologically from their teen years into adulthood, more so than wearing braces for a few years or less. As your orthodontist, Dr. David Markham will examine your oral health, medical health history, x-rays, and bite. He’ll explain all aspects of his suggested treatment plan and answer your questions, so you can make an informed decision about braces.

Are you ready to continue your “orthodontics near me” search by booking an appointment? Contact us at Markham Orthodontics online or call either of our two locations. You can reach the Natomas location at 916-924-8970 and the Gold River location at 916-635-5400.