July 3rd, 2017
If you don’t know already since more and more folks “shop around” for their orthodontic treatment like buying a car, the fees for braces and Invisalign can and do vary locally, regionally and nationally. What affects orthodontic treatment fees and how are they determined?
Unlike a product like a car or a bag of chips where shopping around often can pay off with getting the best deal, a service like orthodontic treatment does vary. Often times, the experience and training of the orthodontist, board certification, the quality of the treatment outcome, the amenities and customer service of the office do affect the treatment fees. Other factors that affect any business’s charges/prices/fees like an orthodontic practice are labor, materials, supplies, maintenance and repair of the office, governmental regulations and taxes. Examples of the supplies are the braces themselves (technically referred to as brackets), the archwires, retainers, rubber bands, impression material, the cement (glue) used for the braces, etc. Other items used behind the scenes and not always seen are the instruments needed for each patient, the equipment used to sterilize the instruments after each patient, lab equipment like a model trimmer, and diagnostic equipment like x-ray machines, cameras and the large amount of computer equipment needed to run a modern, high-tech orthodontic practice in the year 2017.
The cliché’ of you get what you pay for cannot be overlooked in the case of orthodontic treatment, especially when delivered by a specialist and expert in orthodontics like Dr. Altherr, who received nearly 3 years of additional, full-time training specifically in orthodontics (braces, Invisalign, etc). We hope this information helps answer the above question.