Getting braces can help improve your smile and can even provide additional oral health benefits. If you are considering getting braces, there are many available options. Here is a handy guide to help you understand some of those choices.
Traditional braces are likely the ones that come to mind first. They consist of metal brackets and wires, and they are effective in removing gaps as well as straightening crooked teeth. However, for some people, the look of these braces can be unappealing. This may be particularly true for working adults who have finally made the choice to get braces. Still, this option does have additional benefits. For example, traditional braces can cost between $3,000 and $7,350, while other available options, such as lingual braces, can cost up to $13,000.
Clear braces, which are typically made of porcelain, can be a more desirable alternative to traditional braces. They have a low-profile look, although it's important to remember that they aren't completely invisible. The brackets are clear, though the bands and wires are not. Some braces are made from enamel-colored porcelain, which also provides a like-clear look. For adults looking to get braces, or teenagers who are concerned about the appearance of traditional braces, this clear option can be a great choice. Clear braces can cost between $2,000 and $8.500, making the cost comparable to traditional braces.
Removable aligners are a desirable option for many reasons. They are not affixed directly to the teeth, so you can take them out whenver you want to eat ribs, corn-on-the-cob, or other foods that are typically off-limits for people wearing braces. Because there are no brackets and the aligners are typically clear, they are nearly invisible. If you are self-conscious about the look of traditional or ceramic braces, a removable aligner might be right for you. However, you'll need to talk to your orthodontist to see if an aligner is a viable choice. In some cases, this type of dental appliance many not be enough to correct your bite, crooked teeth, or other alignment issues. Another drawback is that the aligners need to be replaced often. This is because the actual alignment needs to be adjusted as your teeth begin to move into place. Invisible aligners can cost between $3,000 and $8,000.
Schedule a consultation with an orthodontist, such as at Brian Smith Orthodontics, to discuss these and other available options so you can choose the right set of braces for your smile.