One thing to remember is that the treatment may take longer to complete than it would in an established orthodontist's office. Appointments also may need to be scheduled during school hours. Check this list of dental schools to find one near you.
- Your dentist and dental societies. Some general dentists will do braces and may be willing to work with your family on the cost. Your dentist is also a great person to ask about orthodontists in the area who might accept lower payments. Again, being a good brusher and flosser will make you an ideal candidate.
In addition to your dentist, you can request this information from the dental society. Each state has one. These groups can be helpful if you don't have a dentist and need free basic care, such as a checkup. Check this list of dental societies to find one in your state.
- Your community. Think of the groups and communities your family belongs to — your place of worship, clubs, and organizations. Ask around to see if there are any orthodontists who also are members or if anyone knows of a dentist who might take your case. At school, you can ask your school nurse or school counselor.
- Insurance programs in your state. Some kids are covered by state insurance programs called Medicaid. These programs may cover braces, especially if your teeth cause problems with talking, eating, or swallowing. Not all states make this easy. There's a lot of paperwork required and you might have trouble finding a dentist who works with the insurance program. But it's worth checking. Some states have taken steps to make this process easier for kids and parents.
If the cost of braces is a concern, it's worth the effort and patience it takes to find an orthodontist who will treat you. Straight teeth are more than just attractive. They will hold up better throughout your life. That's a lot of eating, smiling, talking, and laughing!
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: February 2013
Originally reviewed by: Frank R. Egan, DDS, PC