Options for affordable braces include visiting a dental school, applying for government medical assistance and asking for a payment plan, according to KidsHealth. State Medicaid programs may cover the entire costs of braces for extreme orthodontic cases, making it affordable for low income families.
Dental schools allow students to perform orthodontic procedures under the supervision of trained instructors for a lesser cost. Typically, patients pay only for the equipment and materials used instead of being charged for those items in addition to the fees for the services rendered by a professional orthodontist. Traditional metal braces are considered the more affordable option compared to clear aligners.