(WGGB) — If you suspect your child may need braces, prepare for spending thousands of dollars.
Tonight, we look at how to plan for the cost of braces.
Braces typically cost anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000 and when planning for the cost of braces, you need to think about the entire process of getting them.
A lot of times people think about the cost for the braces alone, but there could be dental work that needs to be done ahead of time.
Do they need any teeth pulled or a deep cleaning?
Also, don’t forget a lot of times after braces, there is a retainer that children need to wear as well.
Dr. Robert A Stoner, DDS/Orthodontist: “All patients get retainers when the braces come off. Most patients get removable retainers and they wear the top retainer full time for about six months to a year and I have them wear the bottom retainer every night,” says Orthodontist Dr. Robert Stoner.
And when it comes to choosing an orthodontist, do some research.
“Check the credentials of the orthodontist. How long have they been practicing? Are they are member of the American Board of Orthodontists, and do they accept your insurance. These are all important factors in making your decision,” adds Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.
Not all orthodontists are going to charge the same price so be a savvy consumer and shop around, and don’t be afraid to ask if the price of braces is negotiable.