Braces: Orthodontists Charge More than General Dentists

How much braces costWhen we asked doctors how much they charge for braces, we found significant variation. General dentists charge an average of $5,040 for ortho work, while orthodontists charge about $5,600.

Adult braces and Invisalign costs were about equal. Among both groups, teen braces were the least expensive option, costing several hundred dollars less.

Braces cost the most in the Northeast, the Pacific, and Canada. Affordable braces can most easily be found in the American West.Cost of braces

Urban dentists charge more for ortho treatment than do suburban or rural doctors. In fact, city dentists charge about $500 more than do country docs.

Here a few comments from doctors:

  • “Over that past 30 years the cost of braces has not kept pace with cost-of-living increases. Thankfully technology has allowed greater efficiency and consequently reasonable profitability.” (Washington orthodontist)
  • “I don’t use Invisalign – I make my own and adjust the aligners with Hilliard Thermopliers.” (Kentucky orthodontist)
  • “I only offer Invisalign and I only treat adults with Invisalign.” (Virginia dentist)
  • “Removable braces should be less expensive than fixed appliances.” (Virginia dentist)
  • “Additional $400.00 for upper ceramic brackets.” (Ohio orthodontist)

Read more: The Cost of Braces Depends on the Dentist

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