Orthodontics Cost and Financing
Orthodontics can be daunting for those on a budget, however, there are several financing alternatives to assist with the cost of orthodontic treatment. In many cases, payments can be made in installments over a long period of time.
Can I take advantage of a payment plan system?
You need to talk to your ORTHODONTIST to be sure, but most Orthodontists have several different payment plans available. Usually, there are in-office plans as well as third party arrangements.
As a rule, the ORTHODONTIST cannot finance the entire treatment and will ask you to make an initial payment to cover the costs associated with starting up your case, then will usually let you make monthly payments for the balance.
The following is a few of the general FAQ that will help you determine what orthodontic treatment will cost and how you will be able to pay for them.
What is cost of orthodontic treatment?
Generally, the cost of orthodontic treatment varies according to what region of the country you live. The fee range is usually somewhere between $3,000 (which is usually a limited, partial or special treatment, or a "Phase I") to $6000. If you live in a larger city like New York, you’ll pay closer to $8,000 or $9000.
Why does orthodontics cost so much?
While it seems expensive, when you really think about it, orthodontic treatment doesn't cost that much. On average a normal patient will visit the ORTHODONTIST around 75-100 times. At a cost of $3,000 to $6,000 that works out to around $30 to $60 per visit. This is less than the cost of going to a spa, and the benefits will last for your entire life.
Orthodontics only seems expensive because the ORTHODONTIST tells you what the lifetime costs of straightening your or your children’s teeth will be. The total bill is less than the total amount you have to pay for the lifetime maintenance and repairs on your car. Isn't your or your children’s teeth as important as your car?
Can I negotiate the fee?
Generally you cannot. The fees set are to pay for the tools, staff and time it takes to get the job done.
Third Party Financing
By clicking on one of the links below, you will be able to read about, understand and even apply online, for third party financial assistance.