How much do braces cost?

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, one of the most common questions we get here at McGrory Orthodontics is “How much do braces cost?” With a variety of treatment options to choose from and customized treatment plans for every patient, the answer to that question will depend on a few different variables! These include:

  • Whether the braces are for an adult or a child
  • The type of braces chosen
  • 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

Factors such as these play a part in the total cost of treatment. For example, traditional metal braces are generally the lowest-cost option, while clear braces or Invisalign® clear aligner therapy may cost slightly more. Orthodontic treatment for children will often be a bit less than adult treatment, though this will vary from case to case. Patients who have more severe or complex problems may require longer treatment times, more appointments, and longer appointment times.  

What does the total cost of treatment include?

There’s no need to worry about hidden costs or unwelcome surprises with McGrory Orthodontics. We’ll outline everything included in the treatment plan before ever beginning the active phase of your orthodontic process. Our individualized treatment plans contain everything required for beautiful results that last, 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 expert team, the quality of the products we use, and the top-notch service we provide. Drs. McGrory and McCarty have spent years creating healthy smiles for patients of all ages in Pearland, Bellaire, and the surrounding communities! We know braces are a significant investment and we are proud to help patients achieve a confident smile they’ll enjoy for many years to come.


What is the average cost for braces?

While there is no “one size fits all” answer as to how much orthodontic treatment will cost, the average cost for a child can be anywhere from $2,500 to $5,800, while adult braces or aligners can cost from $4,000 to $6,400. Again, the total cost of braces will depend on the individual patient’s specific needs, along with the factors we mentioned before.

Using dental insurance to cover orthodontic treatment

Some 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! Most insurance benefits will range from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the plan.

Each customized treatment plan is based upon the patient’s unique health needs and the professional judgment of Drs. McGrory and McCarty. We never recommend treatment based on whether or not certain treatment options are covered by insurance. Instead, our patients are presented with a plan that best meets their needs. 

Once a patient has seen Dr. McGrory or Dr. McCarty for a 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. Our office will be glad to assist you in determining your orthodontic benefits.

As a courtesy to our patients, we’re happy to file your insurance claims and paperwork. Co-payments or out-of-pocket expenses will be estimated in advance of treatment. 

If insurance will not cover treatment, can the cost be deducted?

If orthodontic treatment is considered to be medically necessary, the associated costs may be tax-deductible. However, the cost must first exceed a certain amount before any deductions would kick in. Patients should keep track of all expenses associated with orthodontic treatment if they wish to deduct the costs, including co-pays and check-up visits.

Will Medicaid cover the cost of orthodontic treatment?

Treatment costs may be covered by Medicaid if the patient’s braces are deemed medically necessary. Unfortunately, Medicaid does not cover routine orthodontic treatment. For those who want to learn more about this possibility, visit It is important to ask about the percentage of coverage and the lifetime maximum before proceeding with treatment.


Beautiful smiles are worth the investment at McGrory Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment is about more than just improving a patient’s cosmetic appearance. Oral health plays an important role in total body health. Misaligned teeth can increase the risk of cavities, tooth decay, pain and soreness in the head and neck, and gum disease, just to name a few. Although orthodontic treatment can be a significant investment, it’s one that can last a lifetime!

A smile is too important to compare shops based only on price. While it’s human nature to want a good deal, when it comes to choosing an orthodontist, skill and experience are the most important factors. Patients will spend quite a bit of time visiting their orthodontist’s office throughout the course of treatment, so pick a practice that feels warm, welcoming, and comfortable! 

At McGrory Orthodontics, we strive to provide patients with a positive and stress-free orthodontic experience, from the initial consultation to the final appointment. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable orthodontic care, and we work hard to ensure this for every patient.

To learn more about beautiful smiles, costs, and payment options, contact us for a complimentary consultation.