Though many households are budgeting and cutting-back on expenditures, the industry for dental braces hasn’t faltered. Parents still insist on paying the $4,500 to $7,000 required to straighten-out their children’s teeth.
Reported numbers for orthodontics patients has dropped, but the majority of families consider proper alignment of their children’s teeth a priority, not a luxury. In a society that places an emphasis on personal appearance, having straight teeth is a necessity for better first impressions.
Many orthodontists are now offering payment plans to families, lessening the large up-front costs associated with braces. As well, families with one or both parents laid off, but with children still in the process of corrective dental work, are asking for lower monthly payments. Some have luck, others have to cease dental work on their children.