Factors That Affect the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw
Plenty of people have jaws that are slightly misaligned, meaning that the lower jaw does not hinge perfectly into the upper jaw. While it’s possible this may not bother a person whatsoever, others may experience snapping or pain in the temporomandibular joints, which are the ‘hinges’ that allow the mouth to open. Others may have uneven wearing and stress on their teeth or think the misalignment of their jaw is just unsightly. Luckily, an orthodontic specialist can realign jaws to make them match up using surgery or affordable dental braces. It is impossible to give a one-size-fits-all estimate as to the cost of treatment, as there are a multitude of factors that will affect the final bill. Here are some factors that will impact the cost of treatment.
Dental or Medical Insurance Coverage
Some jaw misalignment’s are so severe that they are considered a health issue, especially if chewing, swallowing or speaking is being impaired. If the misalignment is not that severe, some of the treatment may be covered under dental insurance. Should there be no insurance coverage for the issue and you still want orthodontic treatment to fix it, credit options and payment plans are always available.
The Need for Surgical Intervention
Sometimes the best way to correct a misaligned jaw is to break it and reset it in a new position. While this may sound harrowing, it can be the fastest and least-painful option for those with moderate to severe misalignment. Breaking the jaw is usually accomplished under general anesthesia, in an operating room at a hospital or outpatient surgical facility. Other cases of misaligned jaws may be due to the lower jaw being too large. This can be reduced via surgery wherein the surgeon cuts out a small portion of the jaw and then places plates to join the remaining halves together. Both of these surgical options will add to the total tally.
If the upper jaw is a problem, headgear might be necessary. Depending on the type of headgear, the growth of the upper jaw can be slowed or stopped in order to prevent a severe overbite. Another type of headgear can coax the upper jaw forward if the patient has an underbite. Of course, headgear works best for children and teens who are still growing and have plenty of soft cartilage in their jaws and face. Just like surgical options, headgear may not be necessary for all patients. However, those who do need it will pay far more for treatment than those who do not.
Number and Type of Retainers Needed
Some people have their braces removed, get fitted with a retainer, wear it for a few years and then they are set for life, while others may need a series of retainers. Each retainer fitting will add to the total cost, as will any replacement retainers that need to be fabricated.
The cost to straighten out a jaw misalignment will vary greatly, depending on the needs of the patient. Once a treatment plan has been decided, your orthodontist’s office can give you a better idea of the total cost. If you or your child is in need of jaw realignment, call King Orthodontics for an appointment today!
King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530
What is the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw?
Samuel B. King, D.D.S., M.S. – King Orthodontics – Specialist in Orthodontics for kids, teens and adults in Centerville and Fairborn.