Everybody wants to look their best, and one way an individual can achieve this is through a great smile. Some people are lucky enough to be born with a perfect smile, but others need to visit an orthodontist.
One of the best ways to help to restore your smile is by starting orthodontic treatment. If you’re reading this article, you might have an idea of how much braces cost, but you want to confirm from the experts. It’s important to understand that braces (and other types of orthodontic treatment) don’t typically have a fixed cost because each treatment will be unique for each patient. Because of this, it’s always best to speak with your orthodontic team to get a better understanding of the cost of treatment. With that said, let’s look at some factors that may affect treatment costs.
Factors that Determine the Cost of Braces
The Type and Style of Braces
Various orthodontic treatments can be chosen based on your preference or upon the recommendation of an orthodontist. The type and style chosen will often impact the total cost of the treatment.
Many orthodontists will be able to offer both clear aligners and traditional metal braces. It’s important to understand that each of these treatment options can vary in cost.
Metal Braces: these are the conventional and most popular braces that most people already know about. Out of all the different types of orthodontic treatment, these are typically the least expensive.
Clear Aligners: This type of orthodontic treatment is considered the most aesthetically appealing choice. The most recognizable example of clear aligners are Invisalign, which have become one of the most popular choices for orthodontic treatment. They utilize clear aligner technology that helps to shift teeth into their desired position over time. As you’d expect, these aligners can often cost more when compared to traditional braces.
Ceramic Braces: clear braces are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They’re smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material. This type of treatment can sometimes cost more when compared to traditional braces. But again, it’s always best to consult with your orthodontist to get a better understanding of costs.
We’re always here to talk with you about questions or concerns with orthodontic treatment. Contact us today to learn more about your treatment options and to schedule your initial consultation!