Orthodontics Dental Clinics, Toronto Orthodontic Specialist
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics—formally orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics—is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusion/improper bites which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement or can address the control and modification of facial growth.
The most common reasons patients seek orthodontic treatment are to address:
Besides straighter teeth, what is another reason to consider orthodontic treatment?
Studies show malocclusions/bad bites can cause problems beyond aesthetics. Breathing problems, headaches, ear aches, ear infections and mouth breathing, as well as serious disorders such as TMD or TMJ can be attributed to bad bites. Fortunately, a lot of these symptoms clear up after undergoing the required treatment. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just about improving your smile, it is about improving your bite/teeth so your mouth and jaws can work in harmony. Once your bite is corrected, you can eat much more comfortably, take care of your teeth and gums more easily and of course your smile will benefit!
What treatment options are there?
Basic orthodontic treatments like braces and palatal or jaw expanders can help solve the problem of misaligned and overcrowded teeth. Some more advanced procedures such as functional jaw orthopedic treatments make complicated orthodontic treatments unnecessary. Functional jaw orthopedic science can be applied early in childhood as the jaw and teeth develop to prevent future issues.
Although orthodontic treatment is generally preferable in children, adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment as well, especially considering new technologies like Invisalign.
How much do braces cost?
The price of braces can vary depending on the type of braces and the treatments involved.
- Metal braces (traditional braces) : $3,000 – 7,500
- Ceramic braces : $4,000 – 8,000
- Lingual braces : $8,000 – 10,000
- Invisalign : $3,000 – 7,000
How can I pay for braces?
Does health or dental insurance cover braces?
If you have health or dental insurance, check with your provider. You can also buy supplemental orthodontic insurance if you’re not covered. Be sure to ask about the percentage they cover and the lifetime maximum.
It’s advisable that you keep the same insurance plan during your entire orthodontic treatment. You may not be covered if they have already been applied to the teeth prior to the effective date of the policy. This would be considered a pre-existing condition and becomes an out-of-pocket expense.
If my insurance doesn’t cover it, what can I do?
If they’re considered necessary for medical purposes dental health care costs are tax deductible. (Teeth whitening and veneers do not count)
Others tips for making braces more affordable:
Many offices offer payment plans. Contact us with any questions.
Do keep in mind that you can use pretax dollars to help pay for these treatments in a flexible spending account, health savings account, health reimbursement account, or medical savings account if you have one.
Plan ahead – orthodontists often know years in advance that a child will likely need braces and/or other orthodontic treatment. We recommend an early checkup (orthodontists recommend one by age 7) that will help you know what’s coming so you can budget ahead of time and decide if dental or orthodontic insurance is worth the investment.