Reasonable and Flexible Fees
Fees need to be fair and should be related to the complexity of the problem. A person with a relatively simple problem shouldn’t be charged the same fee as a person with a complex problem. There is a lot of confusion about orthodontic fees.
Dentists vs Orthodontists: Who Should You Choose?
Often a patient will be told by their general dentist (not a specialist) that their problem is simple and can be handled by the dentist. The dentist will then quote a fee almost as much as the fee an orthodontist (specialist) would charge for a complicated problem. Trusting the dentist, the patient will go ahead with orthodontic treatment from their dentist assuming that someone with far less education and training would naturally charge considerably less, especially for a simple problem. As with any major purchase it is important for the consumer to know what the alternatives are and not make assumptions.
It’s Easy To Get Everything Done At Once
Another source of confusion is the difference in cost between having braces on both the upper and lower teeth as opposed to just one or the other. People know, for example, that two cars cost twice as much as one. In orthodontics, however, it’s not two treatments. One arch isn’t going to be treated and then the other. The worse arch will always be the one treated; at the same time the other arch can be treated without adding a single extra visit to the treatment. In the end it is important for a stable and healthy result that the upper and lower teeth fit together; this is generally more easily and better achieved if the orthodontist has control of all the teeth. The issue is analogous to asking a mechanic if he would charge less to fix a car if he could use only half a set of wrenches. The number of wrenches isn’t the issue; the mechanic charges for his time. Again, however, the natural assumptions of the consumer can be taken advantage of, and even though it is almost always easier to treat an orthodontic problem with upper and lower braces, the patient can be told the fee will be higher because braces will be put on both the top and bottom teeth.
How Our Fees Work
Winburn Orthodontics believes it is important to be transparent about fees. There are different fees for simpler, average, and complex problems. We also try not to nickel and dime our patients; for instance all patients will require retainers after orthodontic treatment so the cost of a set of retainers is included in the fee. The fee for diagnostic records, also necessary for all patients, is not included in the basic fees. This is to allow patients the freedom to elect not to proceed with treatment once they understand what will be involved.