How much do metal braces cost?

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How much do metal braces cost?
The cost of metal braces can fluctuate due to a variety of factors. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The number of orthodontic options has grown exponentially since the days when a "metal mouth" was the only option for straightening teeth. However, metal braces are still around, and they tend to be the least expensive form of orthodontic treatment. Despite this, today's metal braces are not those of your childhood. They've since got less conspicuous and uncomfortable. If you're considering getting metal braces, you'll first want to know how much you can expect to pay.

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Base Cost

The base cost of metal braces is between £3,250 and £3,900, according to Delta Dental, a dental insurance company. However, a base price is just that, and can be influenced by a variety of factors which might drive the price up.

Length of Stay

How long you need to wear braces will play a key role in how much you pay for your metal braces. That's because while you only pay for the braces once, the longer you wear them the more visits you'll have to make to your orthodontist to get them adjusted. You may need to wear your metal braces for anywhere between 18 months and three years, notes the Delta Dental site, depending on how crooked, crowded or spaced out your teeth are.

Bracket Material

Metal braces typically come with metal brackets. However, these brackets can be quite noticeable. Getting smaller brackets, clear ones or tooth-coloured ones will up the total cost of your braces. Adults who need orthodontic treatment but can't afford less noticeable types of braces often opt for traditional metal braces but with clear or tooth-coloured brackets.

Movement Technology

Metal brackets can additionally vary in price depending on how they work to move teeth. For instance, a type of metal bracket called Fastbraces TM claims to exert force on teeth differently to achieve results faster. The fact that relatively few orthodontists offer advanced techniques like this one drives prices up for this kind of bracket. On the other hand, because treatment lasts a shorter amount of time, some of the makers of these products promise reduced costs.

Braces Placement

Metal braces are most commonly attached to the front of the teeth. However, lingual braces go behind the teeth so they are almost completely unnoticeable. Though lingual braces are also metal, they tend to come with a higher price tag because fewer orthodontists offer them.

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