Every year, children go to the dentist and are told to get braces. In most cases, this procedure will be neither cosmetic, nor for health reasons. One of the more common reasons of recommending braces if due to slightly crowded teeth, which don’t look all that bad so it isn’t cosmetic. Yet at the same time, crowded teeth do not lead to any health problems, so it isn’t health treatment either. Yet, parents still spend between $3,000 and $10,000 a year on braces, when maybe they shouldn’t have to. Keeping that in mind, can we adequately say whether braces are cosmetic procedures or health procedures?
The reality is that they can be both. If poorly aligned teeth cause a child pain, difficulty in eating, mental distress or will lead to cavities, the treatment is a health treatment. The most complicated of these reasons is mental distress, which is unfortunately used quite often as an excuse to get health treatment, when cosmetic treatment is actually necessary. There is a difference between a child who is bullied relentlessly for having bucked teeth, and a child who simply doesn’t feel pretty because one of their teeth is crooked. It is very difficult to figure out whether this treatment is purely cosmetic, or whether some health reasons can also be sited.
There are also a number of treatments that are purely cosmetic. In fact, almost every patient actually has cosmetic treatment. Obviously, if a parent chooses to pay for this, that is their prerogative. At the same time, however, financial experts are stating that parents should think long and had about this. This is due to the fact that most parents will have to pay a whole lot more than the $3,000 the cheapest braces cost. Kids know fine well that braces such as Invisalign and Damon are out there, and they will push for those. This is due to the fact that children will do everything to have a perfect smile, except be a “metal mouth” for a good few months or years. If, as a parent, you agree with your child and want to get them Invisalign or Damon, then you will have to pay around $10,000. The majority of us would struggle to come up with $3,000 and $10,000 really is way beyond our reach. This means that parents have to take out loans or find themselves in great financial difficulty. The solution, according to financial experts, is to wait until the children have grown up and have a job that allows them to pay for this themselves.