Angies List: Kids and braces

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 8:18am

If you suspect your child may need braces, prepare for spending thousands of dollars. In today’s Angie’s List report, how to plan for the cost of braces.

Kelsey Vergon, patient: “When I got the braces they hurt a little bit at first but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.”

Kelsey Vergon and her two brothers have all wore braces or retainers. Their mother was surprised by the cost.

Tamara Vergon, “Orthodontia can be expensive. My husband always jokes that that’s his motorcycle in their mouths. The motorcycle that he won’t have now for a while. They were all about the same and the total was right around $18,000 between 18 and 20 thousand for all three. So it was very expensive.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List: “When planning for the cost of braces you need to think about the entire process of getting braces. 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 so keep that in mind. 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 and if they lose it, you’re going to add that to your bill as well.”

Tamara Vergon, “My son had taken it out and covered it with a napkin and just forgot, and we ran back in and we did go through the restaurant garbage, and we did find it and sterilize it and it do upset him that he never lost it again. So… but we’ve had… I think our dog got ahold of it as well. I don’t recall which child it was, but it was left on a nightstand and the doctor’s office had warned us that this could happen, but we didn’t think our dog would do that, and he did do that.”

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.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List: “When selecting your orthodontist you don’t want to rely on price alone. Braces will typically cost anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000. Also 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.”

Not all orthodontists are going to charge the same price so be a savvy consumer and shop around.

In addition, ask if the price of braces is negotiable.

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