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Old 03-21-2011, 12:21 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by MagicalMysteryDream View Post
5400 is the normal around here with a Herbst and retainer.
This was $5600 for us for the same treatment. We did pay 200 extra for clear brackets on top.

ETA: We don't have any ortho insurance.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:23 PM   #17
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this is funny - I started the same thread a month or so ago (maybe on the family board instead of here though), because I had sticker shock.

dd11's braces are costing $5700 (or 5800) for 2 years. no night brace or anything, and I *think* that includes a retainer afterwards.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:43 PM   #18
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I just paid off my oldest DD's braces last month and go on Wednesday to get DD#2 started! We had to pay a total of $4600. And that includes the retainer and expander too. Of which our insurance paid $1800. The ortho told us to expect the same with DD#2 also.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:46 PM   #19
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My youngest, and thankfully the last to go into braces, got them a few weeks ago and the cost was $5000.. insurance is paying $2500 and we had to pay the other $2500..
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:57 PM   #20
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I couldn't find the exact paperwork but my DD's braces were also around $5,000 (which included everything except I believe the initial x-rays which were about $300). She will only be in braces 1 year at the most (we're almost there). Now my son needed more work and wore them close to two years but it was the same price anyway. Our insurance pays about half and we pay a certain amount of money, interest free, for a year.

We had gotten three different opinions/prices for my son three years ago and all three prices were different. We did go with the cheapest one (a good Orthodontist practice) and it was ALOT cheaper than the first one we visited and slightly cheaper with the second one we visited. So I'd def. shop around.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:01 PM   #21
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DS has braces, top and bottom, plus a palate expander and retainer when he's finished.

His was $5200, all out of pocket for us. Though we did get a $500 discount for paying in full, up front in cash.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:03 PM   #22
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DD 10 just went into hers several months ago. She should have them just under 2 years and the cost was approximately $5000, with our share being $2500. We are paying close to $200 a month. She should be done just in time for DS to begin some sort of treatment. Oh, and the cost includes her retainer once the braces come off.

Now, our ortho has *fine print*. If the patient breaks a bracket more than 4 or 5 times, it will start costing us $50 each additional instance. However, if they make it through treatment without having any brackets broken, they get $50 at the end. If they break one or two, they get $25. Of course, all this is just an incentive for the kids to actually take care of their braces.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:07 PM   #23
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We are going thru the same thing!!! We have estimates from $4,500-$5,900!!! You will not find an ortho who tells you your son or daughter does not need some form of treatment either!!
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You really need to shop around, I know an adult who had to get braces. The teeth looked great but were causing neck and head pain. I went along for the visits, 4 different doctors total. Kept the images and molds from the first Dr. One place was low at $3500 but, was a chain and really not the nicest. Another place served cappuccino in the waiting are, they were way to $$$$.
Went middle of the road for $6,000 the orthodontist was a former olympic swimmer, a real perfectionist. I would recommend him to anyone. Shop arounf and take your images and molds, you paid for them.

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Old 03-21-2011, 01:18 PM   #25
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My DD12 is having her braces put on tomorrow! The total cost is $5530 and my insurance pays $1000.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:18 PM   #26
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Just finished paying off dd14's - $6200. Good thing, because once ds12 loses his last few baby teeth, he's next. Then, 3 more to go! Our dental insurace does cover $1500 per child.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:22 PM   #27
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We are going thru the same thing!!! We have estimates from $4,500-$5,900!!! You will not find an ortho who tells you your son or daughter does not need some form of treatment either!!
Not true - our orthodontist checked out ds12 a couple of years ago for the first time, and said if his bite didn't change with the adult teeth, braces would be purely cosmetic, and it was up to me (he has a slight gap). Unfortunately, the last time he went to the dentist, we were told his bite is now off (dentist agreed with ortho that the bite was good at first).
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:28 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by hulagirl87 View Post
this thread is coming at a perfect time. My sister just found out that her youngest 2 kids (15 and 11) need braces She hasn't had the consults yet to see how much they will be, but she is scared. She doesn't know if her ex-husband's insurance will pay for any of it but hopefully it will! that's pretty expensive!!!! Her oldest had the Invisalign but kept losing it. So the younger 2 won't be getting that.
Wow, just finding out at 15?! Most kids are done by then. It's VERY rare for dental insurance to cover braces - most cap at $1000 - $1500, if they pay at all.
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$5400 including palate expander and forces to correct overbite. Insurance paid $1500 and we are paying the rest in monthly payments.
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dd13 just got hers off. 2 years, $4500, included palate expander and regular braces. Invisilign would have cost more and results not as certain.
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