It’s a rare few who emerge from childhood with naturally straight teeth.

For everyone else, a trip to the orthodontist is in the cards. That perfect smile, though, doesn’t come cheap. Orthodontic work can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on your insurance coverage. (Also note that removing teeth and other associated procedures required to fit the braces will cost extra.) Many dental insurance plans cover up to a certain amount of the cost for dependents, while other plans also cover adults. Keep in mind that deductibles, out-of-network costs and copays may apply. Flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts can help you cover the remaining balance. If you don’t have access to one of these accounts, ask your orthodontist about payment plan options.

Source: FAIR Health Consumer