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Is orthodontia and dental work much more expensive in california than other states?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Expensive everywhere

Great quality orthodontic and dental treatment takes time, great materials and great doctors.
That i'd costly everywhere. You get what you pay for in all aspects of life.

In brief: Expensive everywhere

Great quality orthodontic and dental treatment takes time, great materials and great doctors.
That i'd costly everywhere. You get what you pay for in all aspects of life.
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. David Schleimer
In any state or region you do get what you pay for, and in the long run a well treated case may turn out to be a very great savings over the lifetime of accessing dental health care.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Orthodontic treatment tends to be higher on both coasts, similar to cost of living.
Similar houses in boston and malibu will be more expensive than in biloxi or cheyenne. The same is true for orthodontic care. See an orthodontic specialist for a cost estimate in your area.

In brief: Yes

Orthodontic treatment tends to be higher on both coasts, similar to cost of living.
Similar houses in boston and malibu will be more expensive than in biloxi or cheyenne. The same is true for orthodontic care. See an orthodontic specialist for a cost estimate in your area.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Orthodontia

Traditionally yes.
The overall cost of living in ca is higher than other places. Other expensive areas are ny and hi.

In brief: Orthodontia

Traditionally yes.
The overall cost of living in ca is higher than other places. Other expensive areas are ny and hi.
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Yes

Braces cost more than the national average if done in california.
Overhead costs (employees must live in an expensive region) make the fees a bit higher. The southeast United States may have the highest. A recent journal article in jco broke down the stats.

In brief: Yes

Braces cost more than the national average if done in california.
Overhead costs (employees must live in an expensive region) make the fees a bit higher. The southeast United States may have the highest. A recent journal article in jco broke down the stats.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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In brief: Not always

I can argue that in the los angeles area, outside of some distict areas (beverly hills, newport beach, pasadena, etc) dentistry is the most competitive in the nation and fees reflect that.
Insurance contracted fees are probably the lowest in the la area when compared to other states. If anything we probably have the highest spread of differing fees.

In brief: Not always

I can argue that in the los angeles area, outside of some distict areas (beverly hills, newport beach, pasadena, etc) dentistry is the most competitive in the nation and fees reflect that.
Insurance contracted fees are probably the lowest in the la area when compared to other states. If anything we probably have the highest spread of differing fees.
Dr. Winston Muditajaya
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Dr. David Schleimer
Amongst fee for service orthodontic treatments in California, it will be marginally higher. The doctors comment about contracted fees is also very likely to be true. Southern California is a very competitive orthodontic market.

In brief: No

There are regional differences in dental fees.
I am sure there are dentists in orange county or beverly hills that charge a lot higher than the average, but they are offset by other dentists in rural area that charge less than the average. I can assure you that dental work in the state of california is not much more expensive than other states, and i don't even work there!

In brief: No

There are regional differences in dental fees.
I am sure there are dentists in orange county or beverly hills that charge a lot higher than the average, but they are offset by other dentists in rural area that charge less than the average. I can assure you that dental work in the state of california is not much more expensive than other states, and i don't even work there!
Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
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In brief: Probably not

Costs for dental care can very dramatically- usually reflecting the costs of operating the business in that particular area.
Most dental practitioners in any particular area have similar fees that have been determined to be " usual, customary, and reasonable" for that area.

In brief: Probably not

Costs for dental care can very dramatically- usually reflecting the costs of operating the business in that particular area.
Most dental practitioners in any particular area have similar fees that have been determined to be " usual, customary, and reasonable" for that area.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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