Millions of American adults, teenager, and children are currently undergoing some sort of orthodontic procedure, whether to correct crowding, spacing, or an irregular bite pattern, as well overbite and underbite treatments. But millions more Americans wonder if they need treatment. Here is a quick rundown of braces, their cost, and some of the latest advancements that may make the decision easier to make.
Braces are any orthodontic appliance that is designed to correct misaligned teeth. This is most commonly accomplished by attaching small brackets to the surface of the teeth and connecting them with wire. The wires are periodically and minutely adjusted, to slowly guide the teeth into a proper, efficient bite pattern. The brackets can be attached to the front surface (traditional metal braces) or the rear surface (lingual braces). Depending on the severity of the misalignment, the process can take anywhere from one to three years.
An average procedure from a specialist in orthodontics costs anywhere between $3,500 and $10,000, depending on the correction complexity and the style of braces used. On the lower end of the price scale are traditional metal braces and Invisalign (clear, discrete, plastic trays). The brackets can also me made of an enamel-colored ceramic for an increase in price. Lingual braces, while similar to traditional metal braces, require specialized training for proper placement, and are therefore at the high end of the price scale.
Invisalign provides a perfect solution for adults who require correction but want to avoid the look of metal braces. The fact that the procedure comes with the lowest average cost for braces alternatives is also a plus. And as the technology becomes more readily available, more and more general dentists are able to easily acquire the necessary training to be able to provide their current patient base with this sought-after service.
If you’ve been putting off dental correction because of the stigma associated with braces, the hassle of seeing a specialist, or the prohibitive orthodontics costs, Invisalign could be the answer to your teeth’s prayers. Talk to your dentist, and see if you might be closer than you ever thought to a healthy, happy smile. References: orthoprince.com
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