Changing the Face of Orthodontics

Prices for braces

Many people cringe at the idea of braces, not because of the possible discomfort and inconvenience—but because of the cost. Most people think orthodontics cost more than the process is worth, but for many, a straight, healthy smile is a worthwhile investment at any stage of life.

For most people, the main inconvenience of braces is that people know you have braces. There’s a stigma associated with it, especially for adults. As such, many techniques have been developed to hide the appearance of modern orthodontic appliances, though these techniques can raise the prices for braces.

The average cost for braces of any kind will vary, depending on the extent of the correction required. Traditional metal braces cost between $3,500 and $6,000 dollars, ceramic braces (with tooth-colored brackets instead of metal) cost between $4,000 and $6,500, and lingual braces (with brackets placed on the backs of the teeth rather than the fronts) can cost between $8,000 and $10,000.

A popular option for adults these days are the so-called “invisible” braces. These generally consist of clear, plastic, removable trays that slowly guide the teeth into proper alignment over a period of time, but without attached brackets. Interestingly, the average invisible braces prices are quite similar to traditional braces prices—around $3,500 to $6,000.

Why are invisible braces prices nearly the same as traditional braces? It has to do with the age groups involved. Given the removable nature of invisible braces, they require a certain amount of discipline and dedication. Young children and teenagers would be more likely to remove the trays on a whim, so the metal brackets option works well for those particular age groups.

The field of braces is constantly advancing and developing new technologies, as well as making the existing technologies more accessible. In fact, the ease of the invisible braces process allows many general dentists to provide this service to their regular patients, with minimal extra training involved. Who knows what the next big advance in orthodontics will be? Find out more here:

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