Whether you’re a child or adult, if you need to have your teeth straightened, fix a bad bite or get your jaw aligned correctly, you’re looking for an orthodontist.
Orthodontists will typically use braces or a clear aligner like Invisalign to correct these issues for you.
A quick breakdown of costs associated with each are:
Metal Braces: $3,000 – $7,000 ($5,000 average)
Invisalign: $4,000 – $7,500 ($5,000 average)
Ceramic (Clear) Braces: $4,000 – $8,000 ($6,000 average)
Lingual Braces: $8,000 – $10,000 ($9,000 average)
While it depends on the current state of your jaw and teeth, metal braces and Invisalign are by far the two most common orthodontic treatments used today. You can find a quick breakdown on these options below.
Invisalign is a clear option and involves a series of custom molded aligners that you wear like a retainer over time that helps straighten your teeth.
They’re less noticeable than braces and are replaced on average around every two weeks, taking about a year to straighten your teeth.
Traditional metal braces are what most people think of when it comes to orthodontics. The traditional braces are generally most effective for treating overcrowding than the other options.
Once your braces are in place, your orthodontist will make adjustments that will slowly move your teeth into proper alignment.
These are similar to metal braces in terms of size and shape, however, their brackets are clear making them less noticeable.
The downside is they are more expensive than traditional metal braces.
These are the same as traditional metal braces, except they go on the inside of your teeth so they are invisible outside your mouth.
The cons of lingual braces are they are more expensive, more difficult to clean and more difficult to adjust than normal braces.