In a poll of general dentists and orthodontists, The Wealthy Dentist, a dental marketing resource, found the current cost of braces to be about $5,000, with rates varying according to need, location, and provider. The survey found that general dentists charge an average of $5,040 for orthodontic work, while orthodontists charge slightly more at about $5,600.
According to the survey, orthodontic treatment is most costly in the Northeast United States, the Pacific states, and Canada, while more affordable braces are found in the Western mountain states. Additionally, urban dentists charge about $500 more for orthodontic treatment than do suburban or rural doctors.
The Wealthy Dentist survey also found teen braces to be the least costly treatment regimen, at a cost of several hundred dollars less than adult braces.