How Much Do Braces Cost
Parenting is expensive, but few things are more costly than fixing a child's teeth. Whether the problem is minor or major, parents are guaranteed to have to pay several thousand dollars. While this may seem like a daunting task, there are a few things that should be kept in mind before receiving the dental care.
Metal vs Ceramic vs Clear
Braces have come a long way since they were first invented. It was previously thought that metal was the only way to straighten teeth, but with advances in technology, that's no longer the case. It's now possible to use a wide variety of methods to fix crooked teeth, but metal, ceramic, and clear braces are most popular.
The average cost of metal for both top and bottom teeth are around $5,000. This includes two years of treatment, which is the average time that children and teens will need to wear the braces. Ceramic braces, which are similar to metal but have white wire, cost about $500 more than metal braces. These braces also aren't as strong as metal, meaning they will require the wearer to have several months of additional treatment.
Clear braces are the most desired for obvious reasons. While it's hard to notice that someone is wearing ceramic braces, it's virtually impossible to tell if they're wearing clear braces. These braces can also be removed by the wearer, so there is no restriction on what foods can be consumed. Because these braces come with a long list of benefits, they're much more expensive at around $6,000. They also take months to a year longer to straighten teeth since the material isn't as strong as metal.
Dentist vs Orthodontist
Most people visit an orthodontist when they need braces, but that's not always the cheapest place to go. Since an orthodontist goes to school to specialize in braces, the service costs between $400 to $700 more than if an individual were to visit their dentist. Most dentists are able to place braces on the teeth just fine, the only difference is that, because they didn't go to school for an addition two years, the service costs less.
Children With Braces vs Adults With Braces
Braces are typically placed on teeth in the teenage years after all baby teeth have fallen out. Most teenagers don't like the idea of being stuck with braces for two years, and because of this, will wait until they're an adult to get treatment. While it's still possible to fix crooked teeth well into adulthood, it will cost more and take longer.
The reason adult braces cost more is because the jaw is larger and more material is needed to cover all the teeth. The teeth have also been in place much longer than if they had just come in. This means that more pressure will need to be applied to the teeth in order for them to shift positions. Because of this, adults can expect more soreness and dental visits if they choose to get braces at an older age. It also takes about six months to two years longer to straighten adult teeth than children's teeth.