It is a relative term. Orthodontic treatment costs so much because the treatment goes on for a long duration. The appliances used are expensive. There are certain expenses incurred to maintain a high level of sterilization of equipment and asepsis of the clinic. The fees are professional charges for the knowledge, experience and skill of the orthodontist. Considering the life-long positive physical, psychological and social benefits of orthodontic treatment, whatever spent on orthodontic treatment should be considered as a sound investment.