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Do you or your children need treatment to correct misaligned teeth, malocclusions like under bite or over bite, gaps in your teeth or overcrowding? Braces have been around for a long time and they can correct most of these problems over time. Cheap braces are usually the standard metallic braces that go over your teeth and with the help of arch wire the treating dentist will try to correct the orthodontic problems you have. Standard braces are metallic brackets that go over each tooth. These braces apply gentle pressure on the teeth forcing them to go back to the required positions.
There are several types of braces available today apart from the metallic braces like Invisalign, Lingual braces, Ceramic braces, Clear and Ice braces. But these options, which are aesthetically more, appealing and have been designed so that they blend in with your teeth. These are more expensive than standard braces. Most of these other braces are custom-made for each patient and the orthodontists need extra training to correctly fit them on to the patient’s teeth. Also, some of these braces need a lot of after care. Like the lingual braces, which go behind your teeth and need to be cleaned regularly to prevent plaque build up. Also, you might not be able to see food particle s that gets wedged in them and these can bacterial build up and infections.
Ordinary cheap braces on the other hand are relatively straightforward in treatment and after care. Still, they will need certain number of follow-up visits to tighten the braces and clean them in case of food buildup. These braces are mass-produced hence are cheaper than other types. As they are placed over your teeth it is visible and not cosmetically appealing. The elastic bands that are supplied to apply pressure on the teeth come in up to 6 colors are quite attractive for kids.
Even cheap braces can cost you around $6000 dollars in the U.S. for the whole process if your treatment is pretty straightforward. In places like New York or Los Angeles the cost may be higher. This treatment can extend to two years and will involve several visits to the dentist. Even with insurance coverage you will need to make some major payments out of pocket. If you need pre-braces treatment for infections or pulling out teeth to allow for alignment this may be charged extra. Ask for break up of all costs so you have clear idea.
Most dentists will have payment plan where you pay small installments over the course of the treatment. So, you won’t be paying the entire amount upfront. If you can’t afford even this then it you will need to search further to find other cheap braces options. Your best bet is trying at a University college nearby. Most dental schools run dental clinics for their students to learn on real patients. You can get good quality care from qualified students who are supervised at all times by professors and at the minimum costs to you. There may be long waiting periods after registration but this is great option for people who need treatment but lack money.