Welcome and thanks for visiting our website at Space Center Orthodontics. We are proud to serve the Houston area including Clear Lake and soon to be location in League City! When it comes to braces we offer multiple options and we know cost can be a concern. Please read below about the costs of braces and payment plans we offer.
Looking for the cost of braces?
The cost range for full treatment with braces or Invisalign can vary greatly based on individual needs. Of course, your doctor will be able to fully determine your cost, which is based on the specifics of your individual needs. These factors can include the complexity of your case, how long your treatment will take, and your orthodontic insurance coverage. Below is an idea of range of fee for orthodontic treatment.
Metal braces (traditional braces): $3,500 - 6,500
Ceramic braces : $4,000 - 7,000
Invisalign : $3,500 - 7,000
Lingual braces : $8,000 - 10,000
Dr. Bhagia feels the cost of braces should not be the determining factor in selecting treatment for you or your loved one. Our Treatment Coordinators will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget and understands that one payment plan does not fit all. The financial flexibility provided by the Clear Lake orthodontic office of Dr. Bhagia has enabled hundreds of orthodontic patients to be successfully treated with comfortable payment plans. The orthodontic office has a complimentary initial orthodontic examination policy where we take a hi-tech 3D scan and intra-oral pictures. Dr. Bhagia then examines the patients and the diagnostic records collected so patients can be informed about their orthodontic condition, discuss treatment options, and be informed of the approximate orthodontic treatment fee. The orthodontic office of Dr. Bhagia provides the highest value braces in the Clear Lake, Friendswood, Webster, League City area without sacrificing quality. Dr. Bhagia offers orthodontic treatment using hi-tech self ligating metal & ceramic braces, Invisalign®, habit correction appliances and functional appliances for early treatment.
How can I pay for braces?
Does dental insurance cover braces?
If you have dental insurance, check with your provider. Most dental plans don't pay for orthodontic treatment for people over 18 years old, but they do partially cover children under age 18. If your dental plan does not include orthodontic coverage, you can also buy supplemental orthodontic insurance.
For any plan, be sure to ask about the percentage they cover and the lifetime maximum. The amount of coverage varies greatly, but a common figure is 50% coverage with a $1500 lifetime maximum per child.
It's also recommended that you keep the same insurance plan during your entire orthodontic treatment. Most orthodontic coverage will not cover braces 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, can I deduct the cost?
As long as they're considered medically necessary (and braces, unlike whitening treatment and veneers, count), dental health care costs are tax deductible. However, the cost has to exceed a certain amount before you can begin deducting it (10 percent of line 37 on Form 1040, your adjusted gross income. To learn more, visit http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html). Keep track of even small expenses, like co-pays and check-ups, because these can add up.
Other tips for making braces more affordable:
Our orthodontic office offers interest free, custom-tailored payment plans to suit your needs
Keep in mind that you can also set aside 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.
Orthodontists often know years in advance that a child will likely need braces and/or other orthodontic treatment. An early checkup (orthodontists recommend one by age 7) will help you know what's coming so you can budget in advance and decide whether dental or orthodontic insurance is worth the investment.
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We hope the information above was helpful when considering the costs of braces. If you are located in the League City, Galveston, Webster, Nassau Bay, Friendswood, Seabrook, Dickinson, Kemah, El Lago, Texas City areas and are looking for a quality orthodontist, please feel free to look through our website or contact us with any further questions!