Angie's List: How to save on braces for your children

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - If you suspect your child may need braces, prepare for spending thousands of dollars.

Angie's Lists' Angie Hicks reminds you to think it through.

"When planning for the cost of braces you need to think about the entire process of getting braces. A lot of times people think about the cost for the braces alone, but there could be dental work that needs to be done ahead of time so keep that in mind. Do they need any teeth pulled or a deep cleaning? Also, don't forget a lot of times after braces there is a retainer that children need to wear as well and if they lose it, you're going to add that to your bill as well."

The type  of retainer can vary.

"All patients get retainers when the braces come off, Orthodontist Dr. Robert A Stoner. "Most patients get removable retainers and they wear the top retainer full time for about six months to a year and I have them wear the bottom retainer every night."

This type of dental work, will easily cost you thousands.

"When selecting your orthodontist you don't want to rely on price alone, " says Hicks. "Braces will typically cost anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000. Also check the credentials of the orthodontist. How long have they been practicing? Are they are member of the American Board of Orthodontists? And do they accept your insurance. These are all important factors in making your decision."

Not all orthodontists are going to charge the same price so be a savvy consumer and shop around. In addition, ask if the price of braces is negotiable.

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