How to Get Braces for Free or an Affordable Price

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Can You Get Braces for Free?

Braces are a complex medical procedure designed to improve your smile and boost your oral and overall health: for this reason, they tend to be costly. According to the American Dental Association, the average cost of braces for children is between $4,685 and $6,500, and for adults, slightly higher.

Costs vary for several reasons. Firstly, there are a variety of braces treatments, with different associated costs. Traditional metal braces are the original form of orthodontia, and they tend to cost the least.

Boutique treatment options like lingual braces offer a discreet design on the inner part of the teeth and cost much more. The specific provider you select, as well as the region where you live, will also affect the price of the braces treatment.

Remember, orthodontic care is a medical procedure, so it’s never “free”: between the cost of the appliance, the use of specialized technology, and the labor of the expert orthodontist and staff, orthodontic care is costly.

However, for certain young patients, it is possible to get braces fully covered and avoid any expense for your family, by using state-sponsored insurance or federal programs like Medicaid or CHIP. In addition, certain dental scholarship programs offer orthodontic care for qualifying children.

While not all children and young adults may qualify for fully covered braces, there are also ways to greatly lower the cost of orthodontia, using insurance and other programs.

How to Qualify for Free Braces for Kids

Up to What Age Are Braces Free?

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Free Braces for Adults

While it is not common to get braces treatment fully covered as an adult, there are certain exceptions. If you qualify for Medicaid and have a medical condition treatable with braces, may be able to get your braces expenses fully covered. This requires the orthodontist to determine that the braces are medically necessary.

Some orthodontic conditions frequently covered by Medicaid:

  • Accidental trauma to the mouth, teeth, or jaw
  • TMJ
  • Sleep apnea
  • Severe malocclusion causing physical or emotional harm

You may be subject to a lifetime maximum with Medicaid orthodontic care. Eligibility also varies by state, and not all orthodontists take Medicaid. Talk to your orthodontic provider if you would like to use Medicaid to pay for your braces.

Free Braces When Pregnant

It is perfectly safe to get braces while pregnant. There are certain things to consider if you plan on getting braces treatment while you are expecting a baby: gum inflammation, headaches, and increased plaque growth are common side effects of both braces treatment and pregnancy. Talk to your orthodontist about when to begin braces treatment if you are also pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.

If you qualify for Medicaid or another state-sponsored insurance plan, you may be able to get your braces covered as an adult. In the UK, the NHS specifically covers braces treatment for pregnant women, but in the U.S. your pregnancy does not impact whether or not your subsidized insurance will help pay for braces.

If you have Medicaid or a state-sponsored insurance plan, schedule a consultation to find out if your condition may qualify for braces coverage.

Tips to Make Braces Affordable

Even if you can't get braces covered for free, there are many ways to save on braces and make them more affordable.

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Diamond Braces’ Commitment to Affordable Smile

Diamond Braces has been offering affordable, accessible orthodontic care in the Tri-State area for over 20 years. In that time, we’ve helped more than 100,000 patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles.

Our prices are up to 30% lower than the national average because we believe that cost should never get between you and the smile you deserve. We accept all insurance plans, offer low monthly payment plans, and have staff on hand to help you find ways to easily pay for your family’s care.

Plus, we offer a Lifetime Smile Maintenance Guarantee – because we’re that committed to your healthy, lasting smile.

Schedule a consultation with our team, either in a convenient location near you or online, right from home. Our initial consultations are completely complimentary, with no commitment necessary.

Schedule a consultation and start smiling for 30% less!