The Pros, Cons, and Cost of Braces

There are over four million people in the world who are wearing braces right now, and 25% of them are adults. From straightening teeth to jaw realigning, having braces can be both a cosmetic and practical way to increase your quality of life. If you are suffering from orthodontic problems of any nature, getting braces may be the best solution for you to try out. However, it is important that you are aware of the details before embarking on this journey. Though your dentist can cover customized details for you, here is an overview of the essential information you should know about.

The Average Cost Per Month

First and foremost, braces are not free, and you need to make sure you can incorporate the monthly payment into your budget. So, how much do braces cost a month? According to Bates Orthodontics, the average cost for braces is $5,700. You have the option to pay this total on your own, but with insurance and payment plans, you will not have to. For instance, with a typical down payment of $500, insurance covering $1,500 of the total, and the duration of the payment plan is 20 months, you can expect to pay around $185 monthly. Each circumstance will be a bit different, but this at least gives you a ballpark idea of what you will need to budget for.

The Advantages of Getting Braces

  • You Can Choose From Different Kinds: There are several braces options you can choose from that will fit your lifestyle and goals. You can select metal braces, which is the least expensive one, or you can go ceramic braces that are typically a bigger investment, but much less noticeable.
  • Fix A Large Range of Problems: Though braces are most known for straightening teeth, they can provide value in correcting other problems, such as tooth spacing, overcrowding, and fix jaw/biting issues. By using braces, it can remediate lifelong pains and can even save your teeth later on in life.
  • More Self-Confidence: Having a disoriented smile for many people can make them feel embarrassed and shy away from smiling and expressing joy. They may smile with their mouth closed, have a hard time socializing, and could even prevent them from experiencing life. Correcting the smile will give them a new level of confidence, allowing them to feel excited to interact and be social. It could provide them with the boost they needed to really strive to reach their full potential, both personally and professionally.

Notable Cons

  •  It Is Not A Quick Fix: The average time you will have to wear your braces is anywhere from 18 months to two full years. Based on your personal situation, you may have to wear them longer.
  • Retainer Wearing: When your braces finally get removed, you will still have to take care of your teeth so that they won’t go back to their crooked position. This requires wearing a removable retainer for at least 12 months after your braces have been taken off to stabilize your bones and teeth. It is best, however, to wear retainers for the rest of our lives to ensure a good final position of your teeth. Most times, this can be just at night while you sleep.
  • You Might Have to Change Your Diet: This applies to metal braces in particular. With these, you are advised to stay away from things like popcorn, gum, and sticky candy. This may not be an issue for some, but for those who love to chew gum or eat popcorn at the movies, it might be challenging.


When it comes to the cost of braces, the price is worth the gain for millions, both children and adults. Yes, there are some lifestyle adjustments during treatment, but they are minimal compared to what you will get in the end, which is that healthy, beautiful smile you have always wanted. Remember, everyone is different, and your dentist is the person you should consult with to get the best course of action to fulfill your particular oral needs.

If you are ready to upgrade your smile or have more questions about braces, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Bates today!