How Much Do Braces Cost?

“How much will braces cost?” This is the first question on patients’ minds when getting started with their orthodontic treatment. Here at Thacker Orthodontics, we offer a variety of treatment options to choose from and customized treatment plans for every patient, so the answer to this question will depend on a few different variables! These include: 

  • The type of braces chosen
  • Whether the braces are for an adult or a child
  • The orthodontic issues being corrected
  • How long braces will be needed
  • If the patient has dental insurance that covers orthodontics
  • The orthodontist providing treatment
  • The area in which the patient lives and will be receiving treatment

These factors and more all play a part in the total cost of treatment. For example, traditional metal braces tend to be the least expensive option, while clear braces or Invisalign clear aligner therapy may cost slightly more. Orthodontic treatment for children will also be a bit less expensive than adult treatment in most cases since teeth are able to be moved more quickly at a young age, and cases are usually less complicated. However, this will vary depending on the individual. Patients who have more severe or complex problems may experience longer treatment times which means more work for the orthodontist and more follow-up appointments. 

Finally, each orthodontist will have their own pricing structure which will be based in part on where they’re located. In some cases, insurance policies will provide coverage for orthodontic treatment, but how much will depend on the individual patient and the treatment that’s required.  

What is included in the total cost of treatment?

There’s no need to worry about hidden costs or unexpected fees with Thacker Orthodontics. At your initial consultation with Dr. Jim or Dr. MaryEvan, we’ll outline everything that’s included in your customized treatment plan before ever getting started with the active phase of treatment. Our individualized plans include everything necessary for beautiful, longlasting results, including:

  • all appointments, including emergency visits
  • braces or aligners
  • retainers
  • post-treatment follow-up visits
  • an oral hygiene starter pack

Our fees encompass the skill of our dedicated team, the quality of the products we use, and the top-notch service we provide. Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan have been creating healthier smiles in Cincinnati using orthodontics for years! Our team knows braces are a significant investment, and we’re proud to help patients achieve a confident smile they can enjoy for many years to come.

What is the average cost for braces?

Even though there is no “one size fits all” answer for how much orthodontic treatment will cost, the average cost for a child can be anywhere from $3-7K, while adult braces or aligners can range from around $5-8K. Again, the total cost of braces will depend on the unique needs of each individual patient, along with everything we mentioned above. 

Using dental insurance to cover orthodontic treatment

In some cases, dental insurance plans will cover orthodontic treatment, but the coverage rules and policies can be confusing. Our team has many years of experience working with insurance companies, and we’re committed to helping our patients receive the maximum coverage! 

Each customized treatment plan is based upon the patient’s unique health needs and the professional judgment of Dr. Jim or Dr. MaryEvan. We’ll never recommend treatment based on whether or not that specific option is covered by insurance. Instead, our patients are presented with a plan that will best meet their unique smile needs. 

Once a patient has seen Dr. Jim or Dr. MaryEvan for an initial consultation and received a diagnosis and treatment plan, those with dental insurance should check with their provider to see what they will and will not cover in the way of orthodontic treatment.

As a courtesy to our patients, we’re happy to help with insurance claims and paperwork. Co-payments or out of pocket expenses will be estimated before beginning treatment. Once treatment is complete and all insurance payments are received, we’ll reconcile the account. Patients will be responsible for any underpayment. 


If insurance won’t cover treatment, can the cost be deducted?

If braces are determined to be medically necessary by your doctor, the dental health care costs associated with them may be tax-deductible. However, the cost must first exceed a certain amount before any deductions would be applied. Patients should keep records of all expenses associated with their braces treatment if they wish to deduct the costs, including co-pays and check-up visits.

Will Medicaid cover the cost of braces?

Treatment costs may be covered by Medicaid if the patient’s braces are deemed medically necessary by Dr. Jim or Dr. MaryEvan. For those who want to learn more about this possibility, visit Make sure you ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum before starting with the treatment. 

Beautiful smiles are worth the investment at Thacker Orthodontics

We believe that braces are about so much more than straightening your smile for cosmetic reasons. Oral health has a direct impact on the overall health of the body. Misaligned teeth can increase the risk for cavities, tooth decay, pain and soreness in the head and neck, and gum disease, among other conditions. While orthodontic treatment can feel like a significant investment, it has benefits that can last a lifetime!

Your smile is too important to shop based on price alone. While it’s natural to want a good deal, when it comes to choosing your orthodontist, skill and experience are the most important factors. Patients will spend quite a bit of time visiting their orthodontist’s office during the course of their treatment, so be sure to choose a practice that makes you feel welcome and comfortable!


Get started with treatment at Thacker Orthodontics today!

At Thacker Orthodontics we aim to provide every patient with a stress-free and rewarding orthodontic experience from the first appointment to the last. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable orthodontic care, and we work hard to ensure this for everyone we meet. 

To learn more about beautiful smiles for every budget, contact Thacker Orthodontics today and schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Jim or Dr. MaryEvan. The smile of your dreams is possible at Thacker Orthodontics.