How Much Do Braces Cost?

One of the most common questions we hear when it comes to orthodontic treatment at Rhoads Orthodontic Specialists is “how much do braces cost?” Since there are multiple treatment options available and customized treatment plans for every patient, the answer to that question will depend on a few different variables, including:

  • The type of braces chosen
  • Whether the braces are for an adult or a child
  • The orthodontic issues being corrected
  • How long you’ll need braces
  • If the patient has dental insurance that covers orthodontics
  • The orthodontist providing treatment
  • The area in which the patient lives and will be receiving treatment

These factors and more play a part in the total cost of treatment. For example, traditional metal braces are the least expensive option, while clear braces or Invisalign clear aligner therapy may cost more. Orthodontic treatment for children can be cheaper than for adults, though this will depend on the individual. Patients with more severe or complex orthodontic issues may require longer treatment times and more appointments. 

What does the total cost of treatment include?

There’s no need to worry about hidden fees or unexpected costs at Rhoads Orthodontic Specialists. We’ll outline everything included in your treatment plan before we ever begin the active phase of your treatment. Our customized plans contain everything you’ll need for beautiful results that last, including:

  • all appointments, including emergency visits
  • braces or aligners
  • retainers
  • post-treatment follow-up visits
  • an oral hygiene starter pack

Our treatment fees reflect our team’s skill and expertise, the quality of the products we use, and the top-notch service we provide. Dr. Rhoads has nearly 20 years of experience creating healthy smiles for her patients! We believe that braces are a significant investment, and we’re proud to help our patients achieve confident smiles they can enjoy for years to come. 

What is the average cost for braces?

Since every case is unique, the treatment cost is always individual, too. However, the average price for orthodontic treatment for children ranges from $2,500 to $7,000, while adult braces or aligners can cost from $4,000 to $9,000. Again, braces’ total cost will depend on the patient’s specific needs and the factors mentioned above. 


Using dental insurance to cover orthodontic treatment

Many dental insurance plans will cover orthodontic treatment, but the coverage rules and policies might make you feel confused or overwhelmed. Our team has years of experience working with insurance companies, and we’re committed to helping our patients receive the maximum coverage! 

We customize each treatment plan to meet each patient’s needs based on the initial examination results and Dr. Rhoads’ professional opinion. You can trust that we’ll only recommend the treatment option that is the best fit for your smile, not because insurance covers a particular option. 

Once a patient has their initial consultation with Dr. Rhoads and receives their diagnosis and treatment plan, those with dental insurance should contact their provider to find out what they will cover in the way of orthodontic treatment. The Rhoads Orthodontic Specialists team will gladly assist you with this to ensure you get the maximum coverage. 

As a courtesy to our patients, we’re happy to file your insurance claims and paperwork. We’ll estimate co-payments or out-of-pocket expenses for you before treatment. 

If insurance will not cover treatment, can the cost be deducted?

If Dr. Rhoads determines that orthodontic treatment is medically necessary, the associated costs might be tax-deductible. However, the price has to exceed a certain amount before any deductions would be applied. Patients should keep track of all expenses associated with orthodontic treatment if they wish to deduct the costs, including co-pays and check-up visits.

Will Medicaid cover the cost of orthodontic treatment?

Medicaid may cover treatment costs if the patient’s braces are deemed medically necessary. Unfortunately, Medicaid does not cover routine orthodontic treatment. For those who want to learn more about this possibility, visit It is essential to ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum before proceeding with any treatment.

Beautiful smiles are worth the investment at Rhoads Orthodontic Specialists

Here at Rhoads Orthodontic Specialists, we believe that orthodontic treatment is about more than just straightening your smile. Oral health plays a vital role in overall health. Misaligned teeth can increase the risk for cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, pain, and soreness in the head and neck. While orthodontic treatment can be an enormous investment, it’s one that will last a lifetime!

Your smile is too essential to comparison-shop based on price alone. While we understand wanting to get a good deal, when you’re choosing an orthodontist, skill and experience are the most important things to consider. Patients will spend a lot of time visiting their orthodontist’s office throughout their treatment, so it’s essential to choose a practice that makes you feel at home!

At Rhoads Orthodontic Specialists, we aim to provide every patient with a positive, stress-free orthodontic experience, from the initial consultation to the final appointment. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable orthodontic care, and we work hard to ensure this for every patient. 

To learn more about how you can use braces to achieve the beautiful smile of your dreams for an affordable price, contact Rhoads Orthodontic Specialists today and schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Rhoads in Cranberry Township.