Are Adult Braces Worth the Cost of Treatment? By Kellyn Hodges on April 24, 2024

Smiling man wearing braces

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, you might have some hesitation. Maybe you’re wondering if you’re too old for braces (you’re not!) or whether getting braces as an adult is really worth the cost. At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics, we’re passionate about educating our patients on why the answer to the latter question is a resounding yes. To put it simply, a straight smile is a healthy smile. Investing in braces now can prevent potentially costly dental issues down the road. We encourage you to schedule a consultation at our Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, or Montgomeryville, PA, offices, serving greater Philadelphia. Until then, let’s look more closely at what braces can do for you.

The Price of Not Getting Braces

Crooked teeth do more than just detract from your confidence in your appearance. Certain types of misalignment – like crowded or overlapping teeth – make it more difficult to brush and floss your teeth properly. This can increase your risk of developing:

  • Cavities: These areas of decay develop when plaque and tartar build up on your teeth.
  • Gum disease: Also called periodontal disease, gum disease refers to an infection of the soft tissue and is concentrated along the gum line where the gums meet the teeth.
  • Root canal infections: When decay reaches the inner portion of a tooth, the soft pulp can become infected and threaten the health of the entire tooth’s structure.

Left untreated, these conditions can eventually cause tooth loss. Treatments like dental bridges and implants can restore your smile but they come with a hefty price tag. Plus, it’s always preferable to maintain your natural teeth.

So How Much Will My Braces Cost?

So let's move on to what’s likely your next question: how much do braces cost? Until we examine your smile and discuss your needs and goals, we’ll be unable to provide you with an accurate quote. But in order to get a ballpark estimate, let’s look at Oral-B’s article. According to this leader in the industry, metal braces can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000. This number heavily relies on the complexity of your case and how long your treatment timeline runs.

Braces & Insurance Coverage

Because the benefits of braces are often greater than purely cosmetic, they’re typically at least partially covered by dental insurance. We can help you determine how much coverage they’ll provide and work carefully to maximize the benefits available to you.

Other Reasons to Invest in Your Smile

One of the most noteworthy benefits of braces is something that so many of our patients consider priceless: increased confidence in their appearance. If you’ve spent years sharing tight-lipped smiles in pictures or covering your mouth when you laugh, it’s time to make a change. It’s never too late to love how your teeth look and orthodontic treatment can provide the solution you’ve been looking for.

Get Your Braces Estimate

We’re excited that you’re considering braces and look forward to discussing why they’re a great investment for you. Reach out to Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics today to request an appointment and learn more.

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At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics, serving patients in Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and throughout Philadelphia, we are committed to helping children and adults of all backgrounds achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Our compassionate and widely respected doctors are members of prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association 
  • National Dental Association
  • National Board of Orthodontics, U. S. 

To reach our helpful, multilingual staff, call us at (610) 617-0700 or request a consultation online.

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