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Common Errors People Make When Getting Braces

Hidden Costs You Shouldn’t Overlook

Getting braces is a significant investment in your dental health and overall appearance. While most people focus on the visible benefits of orthodontic treatment, such as a straighter smile, there are several hidden costs that often go unnoticed.  
We’ve put together this guide to help you understand some common errors people make when considering braces—specifically the additional expenses not all dental offices are transparent and upfront about. By understanding and preparing for these costs in advance, you can have a smooth and financially stress-free smile transformation journey.

Dental Memberships

Before getting braces, it is crucial to review your dental insurance policy or consider dental memberships that cover orthodontic treatment if you do not have insurance. A dental membership is crucial to ensure a healthy mouth from the beginning to end of your orthodontic treatment. Cavities or tooth extractions needed will need to be taken care of before getting braces. The Friends of Risas Membership is included in all our braces payment options for up to 3 years. Be sure to ask your orthodontist if their braces pricing includes a dental membership and the duration of the coverage. Keep in mind that most patients need braces for an average of two years. Being well-informed about your insurance or membership benefits can save you from unexpected financial surprises.

Debonding (Braces Removal)

When the time comes to remove your braces, an essential step called debonding is necessary. Debonding is the process when the orthodontist removes the brackets and wires, cleans off any residual adhesive, and makes final touches on your new smile. While debonding should be included in the overall treatment cost, every office prices their services differently. Be sure to ask if there will be an additional cost for debonding at your orthodontics consultation.


Many people mistakenly assume that once their braces are removed, their treatment is complete. While this is true, retainers play a crucial role in maintaining the results achieved with braces. Retainers are custom-made to keep your teeth in their new positions and prevent them from shifting back. The average cost of retainers is $300. At Risas Dental and Braces, we include retainers within our transparent pricing but not all offices price their braces the same way. It’s important to know upfront whether or not this will be an additional cost to factor into your budget.

Financing Fees

One of the most common ways to pay for braces is by setting up a payment plan. It’s important to be aware of the potential financing fees or interest that may be associated with certain payment plans. While many orthodontists offer flexible payment options to make braces more affordable, some financing arrangements may involve additional charges. These fees or rates can vary depending on the office and terms of the plan. Before commiting to a specific financing option, take the time to thoroughly understand the terms and conditions, including any fees or interest that may be applied. Carefully comparing different payment plans can help you choose the most cost-effective option and ensure that you are fully informed about the total financial commitment of your braces treatment.  

Getting braces is an investment not only in your smile but also in your dental health. To avoid common errors and unexpected financial stress, it is crucial to consider the hidden costs associated with orthodontic treatment. Dental memberships, debonding visits, retainers, and financing fees are often overlooked aspects that can add up significantly. By discussing these potential expenses with your orthodontist, reviewing insurance or membership benefits, and planning your budget accordingly, you can ensure a smoother and more financially manageable braces journey. Being well-prepared will help you achieve the confident and beautiful smile you desire without any unwelcome surprises along the way.  

Are you ready to start your smile transformation journey but worried about the cost of braces and potential hidden fees? At Risas Dental and Braces, we offer all-inclusive transparent, affordable pricing for braces. Everything you need for your journey from start to finish is included in our pricing. Additionally, we offer pay in full discounts or no interest payment plans. Say hello to affordable braces and book an appointment today.

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