A few decades ago, children with crooked, crowded or overly spaced teeth had but one orthodontic option: metal braces with unsightly metal brackets. Today, that's no longer the case. Ceramic braces come in a light cream colour that matches the natural colour of teeth, as well as in clear varieties, making them much less visible. Children aren't the only ones to benefit from advances in the aesthetic of braces. As a result, it's much more common today to see adults wearing nearly invisible ceramic braces.
By the Numbers
Orthodontic treatment via traditional braces in the United States costs between £3,250 and £3,900. However, ceramic brackets tend to up the price of braces by anywhere between £325 and £650, whether those brackets are tooth coloured or clear.
Average costs of metal braces are based on treatment that lasts two years, which is a common time frame. Ceramic braces tend to take slightly longer than regular braces to achieve the same results and may require more emergency visits to the orthodontist because the brackets are not as durable as metal ones and can break. That can influence how much patients pay for their ceramic braces because even though the braces are purchased only once, they are worn for a slightly longer period of time and patients will need to see their orthodontists for adjustments and repairs more often.
Other Influencing Factors
Some people with mild dental problems may not need two years of treatment, while those with extreme crowding or very crooked teeth may need to wear their braces for longer than two years. Additionally, the cost of ceramic braces fluctuates according to what part of the country you live in, although such fluctuations typically amount to just a couple hundred dollars. Whether you get traditional metal wires (what connects the brackets together) or tooth-coloured ones can also have an impact on price.
Ceramic braces are not right for everyone. For instance, people with a big overbite or those who play contact sports may find that ceramic brackets are just too delicate and break too easily. For such individuals, clear brackets made from other composite materials are an option, as are Invisalign braces, which, although they can cost more depending on how long they need to be worn, are completely clear and don't make use of traditional brackets and wires.
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