The average cost for a full set of braces in a typical two-year treatment is about $5,000 US. The cost varies depending on where you live. Major metropolitan areas tend to be slightly higher in cost than rural areas. Generally, metal braces cost less than ceramic ones. Invisalign treatment can be just as costly as traditional braces, and sometimes is even slightly more expensive. Beware of paying in full for your braces treatment in advance. The orthodontist or dentist may give you a discount for paying in advance, but that often leads to problems down the road. In some cases, unethical dentists have unexpectedly closed their practices, leaving patients in the lurch. It is best to get a payment plan from the dentist, or see about a financing plan such as Care Credit.
Also, do your homework before committing to companies that send Invisalign-type clear aligners to you by mail (such as Smile Direct Club, Candid, SmileLove and others). Do your research. See what others’ experiences have been with these types of companies, especially if their results didn’t turn out as planned.