Posted on March 10, 2021
Holla for the dolla! Listen up, we are here to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about braces.
How much do braces cost in Charlotte?
Will insurance or Medicaid cover braces?
How much does an orthodontic appointment cost?
Everyone wants to know the answers, so we will share the big secrets with you.
Read on to learn the cost of braces, tips on using insurance benefits, and what to expect at your first appointment.
Various factors affect the cost of braces. (Sorry, there is no exact price.) Every patient has unique needs. With orthodontics, there is no one-size-fits-all option.
Treatment plans are customized based on the patient’s needs. Factors that may affect the cost of braces include:
Many people *incorrectly* assume braces and orthodontic treatments are cosmetic and thus, not covered by insurance.
However, orthodontics are not purely cosmetic; the treatments have functional benefits as well such as improving the bite, spacing, and alignment. Straight, even teeth are easier to keep healthy.
As such, patients can use their Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover braces. With these accounts, money is automatically deducted from your paycheck and set aside for your medical and dental needs. Just think, you are already saving and preparing for braces. (Sweet…maximize those insurance benefits!)
Medicaid covers medical and dental needs for families across the United States. For families in Charlotte, Medicaid eligibility is based on income but can help cover healthcare costs for children under age 20, parents who care for kids ages 19 and under, and pregnant women.
Dental care is considered essential for children. Braces are covered benefits for children under certain circumstances. In order for Medicaid to pay for braces, the dentist or orthodontist must prove they are necessary.
How do we prove that you need braces? It’s pretty simple.
For example, if the patient’s lifestyle is impacted, braces are important. If a patient cannot open his/her mouth properly or cannot speak or chew properly, braces would be covered. A patient with cleft lip or palate would also be eligible for braces through Medicaid.
At Lineberger Orthodontics, we will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits.
In addition, our treatment coordinator can discuss financing options with you. We believe everyone should have access to affordable braces and a beautiful smile. Your smile is priceless!
We can’t wait to see you! At Lineberger Orthodontics, every patient is treated like family. That said, you may be a bundle of nerves and excitement about your first orthodontic appointment. You are sure to have a lot of questions.
We get it!
No. Your first orthodontic appointment is simply a consultation. You meet us, we meet you, and we check out those teeth. You’ll get a tour of our office. Trust us, it’s pretty awesome.
The first appointment is really a chance for everyone to get acquainted and to determine your orthodontic needs. You’ll meet our dapper docs and Smile Squad. We will take x-rays of your teeth and examine your mouth to determine the best treatment plan.
Not a cent! Our consultations are complimentary!
Yes, that’s right. Your initial orthodontist consultation is free. During your appointment, we will also go over the cost of orthodontic treatment. One of our treatment coordinators will explain the cost breakdown, your insurance benefits, and our financing options.
We accept financing to ensure you receive affordable braces in Charlotte.
At Lineberger Orthodontics, we help patients achieve their smile swagger with braces, Invisalign, and retainers. Get a selfie-worthie healthy smile with the latest braces options and orthodontic techniques.