Braces are worn by teens and adults across the globe who are interested in straightening their teeth. Some may decide to do it for aesthetic reasons, while others have more serious underlying conditions. Because braces are typically seen as a cosmetic procedure, rather than a health requirement, most health insurance plans do not cover their costs. Therefore, you may need to pay out of pocket for braces, depending on your plan. This can be expensive, so it is important to consult with your orthodontist about all the available options and prices before making any decisions. This article highlights the different types of braces and their typical costs.
We hope our research will help you understand which dental product may work best for you, but also recommend that you always consult an orthodontist for more information on the dental products and quotes before making any final decisions.
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Average Cost of Metal Braces
Metal braces are the most popular choice by far. These braces are typically made of stainless steel and are generally the most affordable option. Due to their affordability and durability, many decide to go with metal braces. However, they are the most visible as well, making them unattractive to those who are interested in a more subtle option.
According to our research, the average price for metal braces is Rs. 39,098. We calculate this by using the average cost for metal braces in four major cities: Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata. The prices are somewhat similar, but dental clinics in Mumbai charge the least at Rs. 35,300 and clinics Bangalore charge the most at Rs. 43,333.
Average Cost Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are more expensive, popular alternatives to metal braces and are much less noticeable. Although they are less noticeable, ceramic braces also stain very easily if they are not cleaned properly. This is a popular option to select if you can afford the increase in price and are interested in a more subtle option.
The average price for ceramic braces is Rs. 54,452. This has been calculated by using the average cost for ceramic braces in four major cities: Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata. We found that dental clinics in Mumbai have the cheapest prices at Rs. 47,500, while clinics Kolkata is the most expensive at Rs. 58,640.
Average Cost of Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are the next most expensive category. They are similar to metal braces, as they are installed on the inside of your teeth. This way, the braces are less visible. The downsides to lingual braces are that they take longer for users to adjust to the braces, and they are more difficult to clean.
We found that the average price for lingual braces in India is Rs. 90,852. The price varies based on location. For example, in Mumbai the braces will cost you an average price of about Rs. 113,158, while the average price in New Delhi is approximately Rs. 73,750.
Other Alternatives to Braces
Invisalign is a great alternative to braces. Invisalign is a custom mouth guard for patients to wear for approximately 20 hours a day for best results. When patients are eating, it is recommended to take them out and brush before wearing them again. Invisalign is great for those looking to improve their alignment and aesthetic. Unfortunately, this product will not help those with severe issues or misalignment. Notably, Invisalign is more expensive than all of the braces options.
The average price for Invisalign is Rs. 258,750. This has been calculated by using the average cost for invisalign in four major cities: Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata. For Invisalign, our research suggests that New Delhi is the most expensive at Rs. 275,000 and Mumbai is the cheapest at Rs. 210,000.
Optimized Credit Card Usage
Most health insurance plans do not include coverage for dental expenses. Furthermore, those health insurers that do cover dental work do not typically cover braces or invisalign, as they are often considered to be cosmetic procedures. Therefore, you will be asked to pay for your own procedure. When you are paying out of pocket, it may be best for you to pay through a solid credit card that has great rewards or benefits on medical bill payments.
Another solid option would be to look for a strong general cashback credit card. Through the cashback card, you can get flexible cash rewards on your braces purchase.
Methodology & Limitations
We researched different dental products by researching the different types of braces that are available to the public. After identifying the different dental products, we selected four major cities that would help us come up with the average cost of the product that would apply to almost all of India. We selected Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata. To create a greater sample size, we collected quotes from approximately 5 clinics from each selected city for each dental product.
There are also limitations to our research. First, India has approximately 4,000 cities and 300 of these cities have a population of 100,000 people, 7 of which have 3 million people. Therefore, we simplified our process by focusing on 4 major cities. This means that pricing outside of these cities may vary slightly from the figures cited in this article.. Furthermore, due to data availability limitations we have only collected data from 5 different clinics in each of the researched cities. In a perfect world, our data collection would include every dental clinic in the area. Despite these limitations, this article will help any consumer that is curious about the price of braces and want a quick introduction to some of the products they can choose from.