Do You Need Braces?

In May 20, 2014

Do you need braces?

Dental braces, or orthodontic braces, are used by orthodontists to correct and fix teeth imperfections particularly misaligned and crooked teeth. Braces are also used to improve dental bite—which is essentially the “relationship” of the teeth between the upper and lower jaws.

In the US, according to, the cost for braces range from $2,000 to $4,000 for the first phase of the procedure. The second phase, which is when the braces are actually applied, can go up to $7,000. Other types of braces, like clear aligners, can cost more.

How do you know if you should invest in this kind of dental procedure or if your child really needs it?

Here are three signs to look out for.

  1. You are bothered by the imperfections. If you have a teeth gap that is bothering you, not just because of aesthetic reasons, but because it affects the growth of your other teeth, consult your dental professional. For young children, teeth imperfections mend themselves as they grow but check for other symptoms, like early loss of baby teeth, chewing or biting difficulty and jaws or teeth that seem out of proportion, because it may signal a bigger problem. As a general rule of thumb, if in doubt about your teeth, ask an orthodontist.
  2. Your oral functions are affected. Misaligned jaws and teeth can cause a person to have difficulty chewing and eating. It can also lead to jaw joint problems, tooth fracture, abnormal tooth wear and even periodontal trauma. Using braces can help provide a long-term solution to these dental health issues.
  3. You have an excessive overbite. Orthodontists say that overbite is normal, and in fact, it is hereditary. Severe ones can cause problems like gum disease and TMJ, and can lead to poorly maintained oral hygiene. Correcting an overbite is usually easier among children. In adults, jaw surgery may be required.

Once you’ve finally decided to get braces, you may find that the cost is a bit prohibitive. While some dental insurance policies will cover a portion of the expenses, you will still have to shoulder costs like medications and your orthodontist’s professional fees.

An increasingly popular option for people who need braces but are hampered by the cost is dental financing. United Medical Credit (UMC) offers loans for braces with competitive interest rates and affordable monthly payments. It also has same as cash and interest-free financing options to help more people, even those with bad credit, gain access to quality dental care.

UMC has more than a decade of experience in acting as an intermediary between patients and physicians as well as vendors. For more information on how to get fast and reliable financing for braces through UMC, contact (888) 647-4333, send an email to or visit the website,