Cost Of Braces
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How Much Do Braces Really Cost?
Have you been to several orthodontic offices and each gave you a different estimate for your orthodontic treatment? Well, don’t be surprised! There is a reason behind this complexity that we will try to explain.
The cost of braces can have a very wide range. It differs from office to office and from patient to patient. At Optima Dentistry, braces can cost from $2,500 for short early interventions (Phase 1), to $8,000 for more complex and challenging cases (e.g. surgical). Multiple factors affect the pricing of orthodontic services:
- The technology of choice and appliances
- Difficulty of treatment
- Duration of treatment
- Dental Insurance
- Private Corporate Dentistry
- Added upgrades (Retainer Advantage Plan, Clear Ceramic Braces, etc.)
Private (PPO) Insurance and Braces
Not all PPO insurances provide Orthodontic coverage. Occasionally, policies introduce restrictions such as an age limit, which means that if you don’t meet the requirement, they will not pay the orthodontic benefit. Please note that coverage and age limits differ between insurance carriers.
Medicaid and Braces
Medicaid either pays for your braces treatment down to the last penny or doesn’t pay a dime! To qualify, you need to first meet their minimum requirements that differ from state to state and from time to time. In Texas, up until 2012, it was very easy to get approved under the Medicaid program, but then investigations indicated that the state of Texas paid more than the rest of the country for braces treatment (about 300 million dollars in 2010).
FBI got involved and some corporations and individuals got indicted for fraud and other criminal acts; the drama leads to an overhaul of the approval process for such patients. According to the most recent changes, in order to get approved, the patient has to have a minimum of 4 severe problems out of a list of 10. If your teeth look kind of ok, the bets are that you will not meet those minimum requirements. Anyhow, the only way to know for sure is to visit an orthodontist who accepts Medicaid to figure out if you can qualify. Please note that the CHIP program doesn’t cover braces.
HMO Insurances and Braces
These insurances usually offer a discount for the members on the regular fee the orthodontist charges. For example, the HMO insurance will mention a 25% discount on the regular fee when it comes to orthodontic services. This means that if the office treatment fee is $6000, the fee for the member will be reduced to $4500. At this moment, we are not a part of any HMO plans.
Our payment Platform
At Optima Dentistry, after you fill out the necessary forms that are standard across different dental offices, you will sit down with Dr. Rahimi. Remember at Optima, consultations for braces are always available! Dr. Rahimi will evaluate your teeth and address your orthodontic concerns. He will explain how long the treatment will take, and what technologies are best for the treatment. Based on the information he provides, the treatment coordinator will come up with the exact cost of the treatment and then he will sit down with you to work out a payment arrangement that will work best for you. The treatment coordinator will also introduce our treatment options to you as well as some packages that we offer.
Brava™ is a revolutionary method that can be used instead of braces or aligners that moves the teeth independently. Placed behind the teeth so they cannot be seen, this method considerably shortens treatment time, allows for easier cleaning than traditional braces, and is more comfortable than braces or aligners over the course of treatment.