Lots of kids need braces, but the cost can scare off many moms and dads. Braces cost about $5,000 and even if your family has insurance, it may not cover much of the bill.
So what's a kid with crooked teeth to do? Grab a parent and start figuring it out together. Here are some ways to get braces at reduced and super-reduced cost:
One thing to remember is that the treatment may take longer to complete than it would in an established orthodontist's office. Appointments also may need to be scheduled during school hours. Check this list of dental schools to find one near you.
If the cost of braces is a concern, it's worth the effort and patience it takes to find an orthodontist who will treat you. Straight teeth are more than just attractive. They will hold up better throughout your life. That's a lot of eating, smiling, talking, and laughing!
|American Dental Association (ADA) The ADA provides information for dental patients and consumers.|
|MouthPower This site was created by the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. Through games and other activities, kids can learn how to take care of their teeth and mouth.|
|Word! Braces If your teeth aren't straight, you can go to an orthodontist (a special kind of dentist) to get braces.|
|Braces Braces are a fact of life for many kids. Find out how they work and how to take care of them.|
|The Reality of Retainers Retainers are really common. In fact, most kids have to wear a retainer for at least a little while after getting their braces taken off. Find out more.|
|Going to the Orthodontist An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems using braces, retainers, and other devices.|
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