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How Much Should Braces Cost?

How Much Should Braces Cost?

Everyone wants a beautiful smile these days.  In a world full of social media and instant photo uploads, it’s no wonder why so many people are seeking perfect, straight, white teeth.

Having a beautiful smile that you are comfortable with undoubtedly raises your confidence!  In turn, I think we all know how a rise in confidence can affect a person!

So, it’s a great thing that braces were invented over a hundred years ago for all those who desire that perfect smile. Thank goodness for the evolution of them too!  Braces used to be bulky and uncomfortable, but these days, they are just about as small as they can get.  It’s actually a cool thing now, for kids to get braces.  They love being able to change the cool colors at each visit!  Braces have come such a long way that we even offer CLEAR ones!  These happen to be favored by adults.  I’m talking clear brackets.  We all know that Invisalign trays are awesome too!  


Well, I’ve worked with orthodontists for about 10 years now, so I am speaking from my own, personal experience here.  The cost of braces can vary greatly!  There are several things to consider and look at when it comes to pricing out dental braces.

First and foremost, finding a specialist in braces, an orthodontist, is MOST important, in my opinion.  I heard this analogy once and it stuck.  If you had a heart issue, your primary care doctor would certainly be educated enough to inform you of what is happening with your heart and why.  Your doctor might even be able to perform a procedure that is necessary to help you.  However, a primary care physician is not a heart specialist, like a cardiologist would be.  Cardiologists deal with cardiovascular therapy, day in and day out.  It’s most likely that your primary doctor would even send you away with a referral to the the specialist to perform any necessary surgeries or therapies.

In the same manner, it is recommended that when you are searching for someone to move your teeth around and adjust your bite, you see a specialist in braces, which is an orthodontist.  You may have a general dentist that happens to do braces and may charge  you less for the treatment, but they do not specialize in braces solely, like an orthodontist does.  The bottom line is that an orthodontist does braces and Invisalign, day in and day out, and this is their primary focus.  When you choose an orthodontist to treat you with braces, it is likely that the quality will be much higher than someone who does a little bit of everything.

We also happen to live in a generation of social media marketing, and for some reason dentists have been able to get away with doing orthodontic treatment via snail MAIL.  The sound of that as a dental provider is chilling, honestly.  A could do a whole separate blog post on this topic, and I just might.  I caution everyone to do their research before proceeding with a treatment like this.  I know the prices are very enticing, but let’s not forget that saying, “You get what you pay for.”  I truly believe that to be the case here.  My best advice is:  SEE A SPECIALIST.  Get a free consultation from a doctor who spent 3-4 extra years in school learning specifically how and why braces work.  These consultations are likely free, and will cost you nothing but maybe an hour of your time and possibly save you from a bad treatment.

So, what should braces actually cost?  There are a couple reasons that I can say affect your cost, for sure.

First of all, there is most definitely an average range, but this will mostly depend on where you live.  For now, I’m going to speak for our area here in New Braunfels, TX, since that is where I currently work and operate out of.  The average cost of braces in New Braunfels is roughly $3,500 to $6,000.   

Why such a wide range?  Well, let’s talk about variables, there are a few. 

The first and biggest variable, would be the amount of treatment time a patient needs.  On average, MOST people need about 24 months for treatment.  With treatment time, comes treatment cost, not only to you, but to your orthodontist.  Time spent in the chair can become costly over time for your doctor.  However, not everyone needs a 24 month treatment.   If we all had the same size mouth and teeth, treatment times wouldn’t vary so much, but variation is what makes us individuals.  So it only makes sense that your braces treatment wouldn’t look the same as maybe your best friend or your neighbor.  Orthodontic treatment is very personal and should be custom to each and every individual. 

This is why it is typically recommended that you schedule a consultation with your orthodontist.  Dr. Smith and his team here at Next Level Orthodontics have made it a point to ensure these consultations are absolutely free.  At this point, it’s an industry standard, so if you are seeing someone who is charging you on your first visit, and you are looking to save money, you might as well move on.  I can most likely guarantee that there’s about 3-4 surrounding orthodontists that have also made it a point to conduct free exams.  

If you are unsure of what a FREE CONSULTATION consists of:  here is what we do here at Next Level Orthodontics, and here is what you should be looking for.

A consultation should include x-rays, photos, and a full exam by the orthodontist, in which he or she explains what type of treatment would be necessary to resolve your concerns.  Our consultations here at Next Level also include a full breakdown of cost and a customizable financial plan that will allow you to be comfortable proceeding with your braces treatment.

The second, and most obvious factor, would simply be the market pricing around you.  This is just like any other industry.  The cost of living around you will determine a large portion of your cost.  This is to be expected anywhere you go. 

A large portion of my job as a dental hygienist is to educate patients.  My goal is to educate as many people as possible, but for me, it’s not only on their oral health when they are in my chair getting a dental cleaning.  I’d like to share as much knowledge that I have been able to gather over my 10 years in dentistry.  Part of that, is just knowing how the industry works and why!  

Don’t hesitate to call us!  We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

Schedule your free consultation today!  

P.S.  $500 OFF TREATMENT is waiting for you, until July 31st! 

CALL OR TEXT 830-515-4330 

-Krystal Smith, RDH 



If you have been thinking about braces for your child, or even yourself, the summer season is the perfect time to do so! 

Here’s 3 reasons why:

  1.  Most orthodontists will run summer promotions, just like ours, during this time!  Dr. Smith has decided that this summer season, $500 OFF any braces treatment would be a great way to help with finances over the summer!
  2. Summer is the busiest season in orthodontics!  Most kids are out of school, meaning they don’t have to miss class.  Also, the summertime will give your child time to adjust to their new braces!  It only takes a couple of weeks to get used to a new set of braces, so by the time school comes back around, your kids will be more than ready!
  3. Bright colored bands go with bright summer colors!  Kids just love putting fun color combinations around their brackets.  Summer is the best time to have some fun with all the bright and fun ones!

Dr. Ashley Smith, doctor and owner at Next Level Orthodontics, has over 10 years of experience in treating orthodontics, and his fun and friendly personality really helps keep patients relaxed and comfortable. 

The exam process is so easy!  Dr. Smith’s team will take photos and x-rays; then Dr. Smith will come in and do a thorough exam of your teeth, address your concerns, and let you know what treatment options would be best for you.

Take advantage of this summer special and keep an eye out for some cool new teeth whitening products COMING SOON!

Call or text us today to schedule your free braces exam! 830-515-4330

Affordable Braces for Everyone


Dr. Ashley W. Smith, Owner and Orthodontist at Next Level Orthodontics  has made it his personal goal to create the best orthodontic practice in New Braunfels.  He has three main goals:

1.  Great customer care and service
2.  Affordable Braces, and
3.  A cool, fun, and relaxing atmosphere

Great Customer Care and Service
When it comes to dentistry and dental care… Let’s be real… most people will try to find a way to dodge their appointments.  However, have you ever anticipated the worst before doing something, then been pleasantly surprised at how GREAT it actually was?  Then you laugh at yourself for being so negative in the beginning.  Well, that is Dr. Smith’s goal for each and every patient.  He believes he can make you feel JUST that way, if you feel any apprehension or anxiety about braces.

Your overall health is of the utmost importance to Dr. Smith and all of his staff here at Next Level.  Our team is trained to greet and manage each patient and their family like their own.  Dr. Smith’s knowledge and experience is sure to give you the best possible answers to all your questions and concerns regarding braces.  We have invested in the latest technology in order to reduce your exposure to radiation and offer an easier and safer experience.

Affordable Braces
Dr. Smith has helped thousands of patients throughout his 13 year tenure practicing orthodontics.  Each patient that has come to him for braces always has the BIG question, “How much”?  Money is so important when discussing orthodontic treatment.  It is our goal at Next Level Orthodontics to not only make braces affordable, but to customize a financial plan for each individual who is preparing to pay for braces.  We make sure to gather all information, such as insurance benefits, and offer flexible down payment options.  Every so often, we like to offer promotional pricing around times like Summer or Christmas in order to help parents who are looking to get their children into braces.  Lastly, our consultations, which include, x-rays, photos, and a comprehensive exam by our orthodontist, Dr. Smith, are FREE.  This means that the second you walk into our door for an exam, you are already saving money!

We offer a few different options when it comes to orthodontic treatment.  Traditional braces are typically a great option for children and adolescents.  Most adults and older teens love our clear brackets and Invisalign options.  The clear brackets and clear retainers make the experience of getting straighter teeth a bit more aesthetic and discreet.

A Cool, Fun, Relaxing Experience
Last, but surely not least, getting braces at Next Level Orthodontics will be fun!  We have crafted our office to feel somewhat like a coffee house, to give you a feeling of comfort.  Our clinic is what we call an “open bay” type clinic.  This is to show patients that getting braces is easy and NOT painful.  We offer two WiFi bars with charging stations for anyone looking to get some work or homework done while they wait on their family.  We also offer seating in our clinic in order for patients to bring along any friends or family while they get braces on or come in for their adjustments.  Our patients also LOVE our Photobooth Selfie Station.  It makes it fun to show off your brand new braces or maybe your brand new smile at the end of your orthodontic treatment.  Our photobooth makes it easy to share these pictures with your family and friends!

Dr. Smith loves being an orthodontist.  His passion for making beautiful smiles is one that is hard to compete with.  He and his team would love to meet you, answer any questions you may have about braces or Invisalign and make you a part of our Next Level family.  Being a part of the family isn’t just a 1-2 year journey.  It is a journey that will last a lifetime because having a beautiful smile to be proud of will carry on in the confidence you show in yourself for the rest of your life.

Call us today to schedule your FREE CONSULTATION for braces or any other orthodontic treatment. 

Phone: 830-515-4330





In an effort to proactively protect all patients and parents in these tumultuous times, Next Level Orthodontics has decided to follow the following precautions:

  • No more than 3 patients scheduled at one time.
  • The tightest possible infection prevention protocols.
  • Evenings and Saturday hours available to make sure our patient’s treatment progresses.

Let’s stay safe together.

Dr. Ashley Smith, Owner
Next Level Orthodontics