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How Much Do Braces Cost for Teenagers Compared to Adults?

Is it more difficult to correct the teeth if more time passes? What are common problems that can result if a teenager decides to wait until becoming an adult to have braces?

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The Cost of Adult Orthodontic Braces

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The braces we use for adults are exactly the same ones we use for our children and adults. The reason that adult treatment usually costs more is that it rountinely takes more time and requires more visits than adolescent treatment. This is not always true, but generally speaking  the same crowding or overbite case in an adult usually takes 6 months to a year longer to fix than a teenager or child with the same condition. Another important thing to consider when comparing adult and teenage treatment is that some treatment techniques (expansion to reduce crowding or growth modification to eliminate overbites) are impossible or not as effective in adult patients after their growth has ceased. The absolute best time to start comprehensive orthodontic treatment (upper and lower full braces) is around 13 just after the 12-year-molars have come in.


Albuquerque Orthodontist

Cost of Braces for teens same or similar to cost for adults

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Usually, the cost for treatment is dictated by the complexity of the case and the amount of time it will take to complete. Undoubtedly it's easier to treat someone while growth is taking place (teenager) but this usually only effects the treatment plan and rarely the cost. Psychosocially it's also a bit easier to deal with braces while younger rather than as an adult.

Todd Barnett, DMD
Akron Orthodontist

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