The average cost of braces at the orthodontist

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Having braces can be a time-consuming and costly investment. Numerous factors determine the cost of braces. Despite the cost and time, braces can prove to be extremely beneficial to your overall oral health. Braces are intended to reduce the effect of malocclusions, in which the upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly when you bite or chew.

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History

Orthodontics dates back to the 19th century, according to the American Dental Association's website, ADA.org. In 1899, Edward Hartley Angle classified the different types of malocclusion. Angle is also recognised for making orthodontics a speciality. In 1900, he began the first school of orthodontics in St. Louis. He started the first orthodontic society in 1901, and established the first dental speciality journal called the American Orthodontist in 1907. The first dental speciality board, The American Board of Orthodontics, was started in 1930.

Age

Malocclusions become evident between ages 6 and 12, according to ADA.org, because of the emergence of permanent teeth. ADA.org also states that orthodontic procedures usually occur between ages 8 and 14, although it is still beneficial for adults to get braces. Children should be evaluated for braces by age 7 so results are most beneficial, according to the ADA. Evaluations done around 7 make it easy for a dental professional to identify possible problems with emerging teeth and the growth of the jaw.

Cost

<p>Docshop.com estimates the average cost of braces between £2,600 and £6,500. Factors that determine price include your orthodontist, where you live, the number of problems that need to be fixed, and whether or not traditional braces are used. Despite all of these factors, a patient generally wears braces from one to three years, according to ADA.org.

Alternatives

Many alternatives to metal braces are available. ADA.org lists the following: clear or tooth-coloured brackets, specially shaped brackets and gold-plated braces. These options can all influence the price. Brackets can also be located on the back surface of teeth, making them less noticeable.

Benefits

Braces result in straight teeth and better oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean, helping prevent decay and more severe problems, states ADA.org. Another benefit is a proper bite. Improper bites can lead to chewing and speaking difficulties and cause extensive wear on teeth and jaw problems.

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