Do orthodontists charge more than dentists?

Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Orthodontists are specialists who have additional training and experience in straightening teeth. Generally you will pay a little more for the services of an orthodontist when compared with a general dentist who does braces. In exchange, you will usually get a better diagnosis, a better treatment plan, as well as more consistent and better results. Although you might be able to find a local shop who will "take a crack" at the advanced electronic ignition in your new car for example, taking your car to a dealership where the technicians are factory trained and certified to work on your car specifially will usually give you better, more consistent results. The same is true for braces. The old addage usually holds true, "You get what you pay for!"
According to a recent survey by a dental web site their results from this same question found that Canadian and American General Dentists charge an average of $4,350 for braces while orthodontists charged an average of $5,141. A 2007 Journal of Clinical Orthodontics orthodontic practice study on the average cost of braces in the United States found that the cost of comprehensive treatment for orthodontics averaged $5,354 for adults and $4,914 for children. Location is a factor when looking at the cost for braces. On average braces cost more in the Northeast, Pacific and Canada.
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Orthodontic treatment is different from general dentistry, so the fees of orthodontists cannot really be compared to the work of a dentist. Even though many dental insurance plans do not cover braces or any type of cosmetic treatments, orthodontics can be affordable. Most orthodontists offer treatment plans with varying prices. The average cost of braces is between $5,000 and $6,000.

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