Metal braces typically cost anywhere between $3,700-$7,000 on average for comprehensive orthodontic treatment for upper and lower arches, including retainers. That said, costs can vary based on:
- The severity of your case
- The practice where you seek treatment
- Your insurance
- Experience of your orthodontist
The full cost of metal braces will generally be less than other orthodontic options, and often includes pre-treatment screenings, x-ray imaging, follow-up office visits, and any necessary adjustments and emergency care. It should also include retainers and post retention follow-ups.
If you have dental insurance, you might be able to cover some (or all) of the cost of your treatment through your plan. If you aren’t satisfied with the discounts offered through your provider, or can’t afford a traditional provider, employment-based savings accounts are other means to reduce costs.
State-subsidized providers like CHIP and Medicaid may cover the full cost of metal braces for qualifying children and adolescents. However, adult patients will likely not have any coverage under these plans due to age limitations and will have to pay fully out of pocket.
As of 2021, the average cost of traditional metal braces through private, non-subsidized insurance is $3,407. That said, upper and lower retainers could additionally cost up to 900 dollars. Across the typical maximum treatment time (24 months), that entails paying around $142 a month or more.