The cost of lingual braces ranges from $8,000 to $10,000. The prices vary, depending on where you get the braces. This compares with Invisalign® which costs between $4,000 and $7,400 and traditional metallic braces which range from $3,000 to $7,000. Therefore, lingual braces are the most expensive type of dental aids for pediatric teeth alignment.
Although most dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of braces for those over eighteen, some supplementary plans may be available. Fortunately, the cost of braces is tax deductible, if it is above a certain amount. It is recommended that you research the costs and coverage before deciding on what type of braces to purchase. It is important to determine the percentage of the cost that is covered and the total lifetime maximum. There is considerable variation in the types of coverage that are available. However, the usual policies include 50% coverage with a $1500 lifetime maximum per child.
It is also recommended that you maintain the same insurance plan throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. This is because many types of orthodontic coverage will not cover braces, if they were applied prior to the policy’s effective date. In this case, it would be considered a pre-existing condition and an out-of-pocket expense.
If the braces are considered to be medically necessary and you qualify for Medicaid, they may be covered by Medicaid. It is important to determine the lifetime maximum and the percent coverage. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicaid.gov/.
At Tustin Smile, we offer affordable, high quality orthodontic treatment for residents of Orange County and people living near Tustin. Don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can provide the best treatment options for your child’s teeth straightening needs. See more about orthodontic.