Braces are used to align and straighten teeth in order to help improve a person’s dental health. They help to correct gaps, overbites, crooked teeth etc. While those are great benefits they also include negatives. For starters they can be painful to apply, they can be cosmetically unappealing, and lastly they can be expensive. Therefore, when choosing braces, it’s important to consider how they will affect your everyday life. You should consider:
- The price.
- The look and feel.
- The type of braces you would like installed.
There are many different types of braces, but we are going to take a moment to go over the most popular.
- Metal braces: Most people know all about the horrors of metal braces. They can run anywhere from $3,500-6,000. As you can see by the price range they don’t run cheap. Other issues include staying away from certain foods like meats and vegetables.
- Ceramic braces: One great thing about having these braces is that they give that barely there feel. One issue is that they though they look great they are not all that strong. They are also more expensive running about $4,000-6,500. What can I say? Braces aren’t cheap!
- Invisalign Clear braces: The best braces out there! They are created by your teeth molds and can be taken off to brush and eat. They are expensive running $3,500-8,000. They do offer plans depending on what you can afford and how long you need them. These are the best option for those that don’t have as severe dental issues. Pluses are that they are invisible so no one will even know they are there!
- Lingual braces: These are just as discreet as Invisalign Clear braces because they are not visible when you smile. They are also pretty cheap in costs ranging from $1,500-2,000. The biggest disadvantage is that many orthodontists may not know how to apply them (there is special training that is required.).
At the end of the day when choosing braces it will be tricky. I would advise talking with your insurance copy to first figure out which kind of braces are covered. Then figure out which ones will cause less hassle for you deal with on a regular basis. Remember you may be stuck with them for a while.