TAMPA - No question about it - orthodontia is expensive. The cost to straighten your or your child's teeth will easily run into the thousands of dollars. No one knows that better that Tamara Vergon. She just put her third child through the treatment. And it definitely took a bite out of the family's budget. "My husband always jokes that that's his motorcycle in their mouths," she said. "The motorcycle that he won't have now for a while. They were all about the same and the total was right around $18,000 between 18 and 20 thousand for all three. So it was very expensive."
Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks, said When planning for the cost of braces you need to think about the entire process. "A lot of times people think about the cost for the braces alone, but there could be dental work that needs to be done ahead of time. Do they need any teeth pulled or a deep cleaning? Also, don't forget a lot of times after braces there is a retainer that children need to wear as well and if they lose it, you're going to add that to your bill as well."
The following factors can affect the cost of your dental investment.
"Be a savvy consumer," said Hicks. "A little bit of time spent getting multiple estimates - and don't forget you can also negotiate - can be time well spent."
And remember. It will all be worth it. Take it from Vergon's daughter, Kelsey. "After I got my braces off I was so happy! Before, I was self-conscious about my teeth and my smile but afterwards I really liked the results."
Another reason to smile: Now they can start saving for her husband's motorcycle!