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How Much Do Braces Co$t?

a loosely compiled survey

How much will your braces cost? 

The short answer is: in 2004, in most parts of the US, two years of full traditional braces costs (on average) about $5,000. Ceramic brackets are about $500 extra. These costs do not include x-rays, extractions, or special appliances. Invisalign treatment (in most cases) costs about the same as traditional braces.

But that varies. Let me explain.

If you have a health insurance plan that covers orthodontics, you might pay less, especially if you go to a provider that is in your insurance network. But be careful. Just as you wouldn't choose a medical specialist only because he is on your plan, don't choose an orthodontist soley based on this criteria. Get a consultation (usually free or minimal cost) and see how comfortable you are with that person. No amount of money saved can make up for two years with an orthodontist you don't like or don't have confidence in. Also, remember that most dental plans cover braces only before treatment begins. So if you've already started treatment, you may be out of luck.

OK, that said, let's move on. If you live in Europe or other parts of the world, there may be government health plan that covers your braces. Again, remember to scope out the other professionals in your area. You may pay more for an independent dentist, but it may be worth the extra cost.

If dental insurance isn't an option and you don't want to pay full price, you may consider going to a nearby dental school. Usually orthodontic treatment is done under the watchful eye of an instructor who has many years of professional orthodontic experience. Call your local dental school and ask how much they charge.


The following information has been provided by ArchWired readers over the past few months. In some cases, the cost has been averaged.


United States

US residents can use this handy dental cost calculator, which will give you a general starting point.

Idaho N. Idaho $5,184 (Damon brackets)
Oregon Portland suburbs $5,500
Washington Seattle $5,700
Wyoming Casper $4,200
SouthWest & California
Texas unknown $4,500
Texas Austin $5,500
Texas Houston $4,800
California San Jose area $5,620
California SF East Bay area $4,500
California Los Angeles $4,000
California SF Peninsula area $5,000
Arizona Phoenix $4,200
Arizona Phoenix suburbs $3,250
Central States
Illinois Chicago suburbs $5,500
Illinois Chicago city $3,975
South Dakota Sioux Falls $5,225
Wisconsin SE area $4,600
Indiana Logansport $4,500
Ohio Cleveland $2,500
Ohio Cincinnati $5,000
Michigan Ann Arbor $5,000
Iowa Central area $3,700
Washington D.C. Washington suburbs $3,600 (speed braces)
Connecticut New Haven $5,200
New Hampshire Manchester suburbs $5,980
Virginia Fishersville $4,650
Maryland Annapolis $4,000
Georgia Atlanta $4,700
North Carolina Raleigh $5,985 (with expanders)
North Carloina Charlotte $4,600
North Carolina Ashville $4,245
Florida Orlando $5,000
Tennessee Nashville $2,850 (six months)
Island Territories and Alaska
No data available yet



Vancouver C $5,557, $5400
Montreal C $4,800
Newfoundland (Grand Falls) C $1,200 (top treatment only)
Edmonton C $5,500
Ontario C $5,200
Ottawa C $6,900

Mexico, and Central and South America

No data available yet

Europe and the UK

Poland Warsaw PLN 5,200
France 3,500 Euro
Scotland 2,200 Pounds
Ireland Galway 3,500 Euro
Ireland Dublin 5,500 Euro
Great Britain Somerset 2,100 Pounds (Damon Brackets)
Germany 3,660 Euro
Finland Helsinki 3,000 Euro

Asia and SouthEast Asia

No data available yet

Africa and South Africa

South Africa Capetown R17,000

New Zealand

unknown city NZ $4,500
unknown city NZ $3,800


Melbourne suburbs AU $4,400
Melbourne city AU $5,500+
Sydney (New South Wales) AU $5,770

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