The cost of braces depends on geography, provider, and type.

Jeff Adams, CEO of Risas Dental and Braces in four states, says the industry average for braces is $5,900 and $6,500 for clear aligners.

According to Gonchar, typical costs for orthodontic treatment fall into the following ranges: – Metal (traditional) braces: $4,000 - $7,500. – Ceramic braces: $4,500 - $8,000. – Lingual braces: $6,000 - $10,000. – Clear aligners (such as Invisalign brand): $3,000 - $9,000.

Shopping for the best price and maximising tax-exempt savings accounts can help manage orthodontic costs.

Orthodontist fees vary by private practise, so get multiple quotes. Many orthodontists offer free consultations, so a second opinion shouldn't cost.

Some dental insurance plans cover orthodontics up to a certain amount. Most policies only cover patients 18 or younger, and plans have yearly or lifetime maximums that only cover a portion of the cost.

Orthodontists may offer discounts for early payment or for multiple children in the same family. Adams says Risas Dental and Braces gives full-payment patients a 20% discount.

If you have family coverage and a qualified high-deductible health plan, you can deposit up to $7,300 in tax-deductible contributions in 2022.