What Are Braces: Types and Costs
Many type of orthodontic treatments are available depending on your specific teeth or jaw problem. Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments provided by dentists or orthodontists. At Diamond Dental Clinics, we will help you find the right type of braces and other orthodontic needs to make your visit informative, convenient, and more pleasant.
In the past, all-metal dental braces were used. However, nowadays, there are different types of braces that people can choose from. Let’s take a look at the different types and costs of braces and how they can improve teeth alignment.
Types of Braces: Which One Is Right for You?
1. Metal Braces
Metal braces, also called traditional braces, have metal brackets attached to your teeth along with a flexible wire that can help apply continuous pressure to gradually move the teeth in a particular direction.
Today, metal braces still remain one of the most common methods used for orthodontic treatment because they can be the least expensive among other types of braces. Metal braces can also help move teeth faster toward their proper location.
In the past, metal braces were quite noticeable due to their size and unsightly metal appearance. However, today modern technology has allowed for less noticeable braces along with wires that help teeth move faster and result in less pain.
There are also young people who like the idea of having the opportunity to choose or personalize their braces by the color of the elastics or rubber bands on each metal bracket. Currently, the average price of metal braces range from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on the length of your treatment plan, insurance, and selected orthodontist.
2. Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces and metal braces are both affixed to your teeth and virtually have the same function. Their only major difference is their appearance since ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces.
Ceramic braces have clear elastics and wires and have brackets with a color and texture that are similar to your teeth. For this reason, they became quite popular and an alternative for people who did not want their braces to be noticeable.
However, people with ceramic braces may easily stain their brackets if they are not diligent with their cleaning schedule. The level of discomfort experienced with metal braces are also similar to ceramic braces. On an average, the cost of ceramic braces today is around $4,000 to $8,000, which is slightly more expensive compared with metal braces.
3. Clear Aligners (Invisalign)
Clear aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear and removable trays to correct teeth alignment. They are a great alternative to metal braces since they are removable and have low visibility.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are suitable for teenagers and young adults since they are essentially invisible and can cause less discomfort than traditional metal braces. Wearers can also easily remove and clean the plastic trays when brushing or flossing their teeth after eating.
Although using clear aligners is a great orthodontic treatment, they are not for everyone. They may not work for people with serious oral misalignments, such as those with “crossbites”. It may also take a longer time if you choose this type of treatment. Regular tooth brushing may also be required after eating to avoid staining.
In Toronto, Ontario, the most preferred clear aligner system is Invisalign, which may cost more than other clear aligners. The average cost of clear aligner systems on the market, including Invisalign, usually ranges from $4,000 to $7,500.
4. Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are often the best option for adults who want to conceal their braces. They usually have the same function and effectiveness as traditional metal braces, except for their placement or location.
Unlike metal and ceramic braces that are affixed to the front of the teeth, lingual braces are placed on the back, hiding them from sight. Lingual braces can still be seen when wearers talk or open their mouth, but they are less likely noticed when compared with braces that are affixed on the front.
However they may not be suitable for everyone. One of the most common complaints of having lingual braces is tongue discomfort since the tongue can constantly rub or push the metal affixed on the teeth. Lingual braces can also be inconvenient for wearers since they cannot see their braces when it is time to clean them.
Another disadvantage of lingual braces is that they can make talking difficult. They are also not suitable for people with serious orthodontic problems, which require extensive treatment. Lingual braces are also more expensive along with having a longer treatment process, which make them unappealing to most patients.
The average cost of lingual braces is usually around $8,000 to $10,000, making them the most expensive option among the types of braces.
Cost of Orthodontic Treatments
The cost of orthodontic treatment often varies and depends on the following factors:
- Preference of patients
- Orthodontist’s rate
- Cost of materials used
- Length of treatment
Insurance Plans and Coverage
Orthodontic treatments for children who are younger than 18 years old can be partially covered by insurance companies. However, many of them will not cover dental treatments for patients who are over 18. For this reason, it’s important to speak with your orthodontist and insurance company if you have plans of having orthodontic treatment with braces. If your health insurance plan does not cover orthodontic treatments, supplemental orthodontic insurance can be an option.
At Diamond Dental Clinics, patients are treated with a variety of methods and approaches along with providing patients the best modern and quality technology in orthodontic treatment. We help patients understand available treatment options along with offering reasonable expenses that are associated with having braces and other orthodontic treatments.