Orthodontists are the dentists who put in the braces for patients having tooth alignment problems. The orthodontist braces cost varies from patient to patient and also across different locations.
Patients might need correction for the following problems – over bite, under bite, overcrowding of teeth, and gaps between teeth. Some patients need only slight repositioning of teeth and treatment is also less intense while other might need jaw corrective surgery, removal of teeth and a combination of above problems, which will involve sustained treatment over a few years. For this reasons the costs differ quite a bit.
There are different types of braces to choose from. What type of braces you wear will be ultimately decided by your budget, the problems that need correction and orthodontists training. Let’s look at these issues separately. Orthodontist costs for braces correction for minor problems with simpler braces will cost less. For major corrections the costs will be higher. These higher costs can be as high as $7000 dollars for standard metallic braces with Damon brackets. You may be charged more for other braces like ceramic braces, plastic or clear braces or Invisalign.
Metallic braces made from stainless steel and incorporating Damon brackets are the most practical and also quite comfortable to wear. But, looks wise it can stand out and many people who need serious correction of their teeth problems refuse treatment, as they don’t want to wear these braces. Ceramic and clear braces have emerged as popular alternative. They blend in with the teeth of the wearer as they are tooth-colored and it is not easy to detect that patients are wearing them. Ceramic brackets don’t stain easily; it is only the connecting bands that stain. This will be replaced during the monthly visits. If maintained properly ceramic braces can last the whole treatment period without getting stained or chipped or broken. It should be remembered though ceramic braces are only second to stainless steel braces in effectiveness and hence it make take more time to correct the problems when opt for ceramics.
In terms of prices orthodontist’s costs for fitting braces of the cosmetic kind will be typically higher as the work involved is more. They can cost you $500 to $1000 dollars more than the Damon braces. But, that’s the price for looking good. In the UK NHS covers braces costs for under-18 children. In the US dental insurance covers a part of the braces only.
Some braces are designed to go behind your teeth. They are invisible from outside for example iBraces and lingual braces come in this category. The Invisalign braces are that are practically invisible and customized for each patient. You are required to wear the trays in order to correct you teeth alignment problems. Your orthodontist will decide whether you are suitable candidate for these alternative braces. Removable braces like Invisalign or retainers are not effective mainly because patients forget to wear them or remove them often which defeats the purpose of putting a sustained pressure on the teeth in order to reposition them.
If your teeth problems are severe or you want to correct them in the shortest possible time then go for the metallic braces. Orthodonist braces cost for metal braces are the lowest too. The other fixed braces like ceramic, lingual or clear braces take longer time to correct problems and their removal at the clinic after treatment period is also difficult and time consuming.