What Are Braces, and How Much Do Braces Cost?

What Are Braces, and How Much Do Braces Cost?

We often see people wearing braces in their mouths, but we don’t know the exact reason behind it, right? So, the reason behind wearing braces is that it is helpful to straighten your teeth and the jaw bone structure. With the help of advanced technology, an orthodontist has invented many methods to improve our teeth’ structure. However, people still get confused about their teeth layout because any changes in the teeth structure directly impact individual looks.

So, in this article, we will discuss one type of dental treatment, named “Dental Braces,” that helps individuals set their teeth structures by using more advanced technological instruments, with significantly less impact on their face structure.

What are Braces?

Dental Braces are a method that Orthodontists use to straighten and set the order of the teeth and improve the structure of the mouth of their clients. Moreover, braces also protect their patients’ oral health for long-term duration.  

The braces also pressure the jaw bones to change their direction, which will help the teeth and their roots to move toward their proper place. Different braces treatments for adults and children depend on their teeth and bone structure.

Traditional vs. Modern changes in wearing Braces:

The traditional method of wearing braces was quite uncomfortable and more painful. The braces also lead to a loss of self-esteem of the people as it is visible to everyone, which impacts the look of an individual.

The modern braces were less noticeable and attached to the teeth’ back side. In contemporary treatment, orthodontist finds various braces which give less pain to their patients and other advantages too, like easy to remove, easy to bite, and much more. 

The Braces are available in two forms. One is fixed braces, which means the patients have to wear them until the dentist removes them, and another is the removable braces, which patients can remove whenever they want.

Advantages and Drawbacks of Braces Treatment:

Advantages of Braces Treatment:

  1. It controls the issues like gum diseases.
  2. The patients can improve their eating habits after removing the braces from the teeth.
  3. There are a few options available for braces treatment.
  4. The braces are more powerful, so the chances of damage are less.
  5. The chances of breaking or cracking the braces have not arisen.
  6. The clients have many options regarding choosing colors.

Disadvantages of Braces Treatment:

  1. The cost of the braces is comparatively higher.
  2. The patients have to avoid some types of foods while wearing braces.
  3. The braces put pressure on your teeth, which is quite painful.
  4. You cannot properly clean up your teeth due to the braces.
  5. You may have to wear the braces for a long duration.
  6. Sensitivity is a common issue when you have to wear braces.

So, these are the braces treatment’s pros and cons, which all have to consider.

Types of Braces:

As we discussed earlier, all the braces have different types of materials, and it depends upon the individual choice, i.e., what kind of material they want to use and what type of procedure they want to go for, their budget, etc.

So, the following are the types of braces that everyone should know about;

  • Standard Metal Braces:

Metal Braces are one of the most common and oldest types of braces. It is available everywhere and offers lower-cost treatments and fast teeth recovery—the actual cost of standard metal braces where $3000 to $7500. The only drawback of these traditional metal braces is that the most noticeable treatment impacts your looks.

  • Ceramic Braces:

Ceramic Braces look similar to standard metal braces, but there is a slight color difference, making them less noticeable than metal braces. The cost of ceramic braces ranges from $2000 to $8,500, which is comparatively more expensive than metal braces.

  • Invisalign Braces:

Invisalign is a type of brace made from plastic material which exactly fits your mouth. The Orthodontist will design some custom pairs of Invisalign and take a trial on their customers, whether they include them or not. Once they get a final result, then they move to process further. 

The cost of Invisalign is quite expensive compared to the others, i.e., it will fall between $3000 to $7000.

  • Lingual Braces:

Lingual Braces work the same way traditional metal braces, but the only difference is that they fit on the mouth’s back side. It is also not much visible, but an expensive brace ranges from $5000 to $13000.

The above is the list of the types of braces, depending on which the prices are decided.

The Procedure of Brace Implements:

Fixing the braces depends on your selected material and your teeth’ structures. In general, there are mainly three phases that every dentist follows:

  • In the very first step, the braces are attached to your teeth, with the help of wire, or a ring shape material, that holds the branches tightly.
  • The braces take a few weeks to adjust in your mouth. So after the treatment, you may feel sore for some days.
  • After removing the braces, the patient may wear a clip that protects the teeth and stables them in one place.

People have been wearing braces for more than two years, so it is crucial to maintain excellent oral teeth health during this period by brushing and cleaning the teeth properly, following the proper diet, and visiting the dentist’s clinic regularly. 

Risks Involved with the Braces Treatment:

When it comes to complications and risk factors that occur during the time of braces treatment are as follows;

  1. TMJ disorder (Temporomandibular Joint)
  2. Broken teeth
  3. Fractured dental work
  4. High rates of tooth decay
  5. Gum Diseases

Average Cost of Braces Treatment:

The average cost of braces is $5000 to $6000, and sometimes it is higher or lower than this amount, depending upon which braces the individual wants to select for their teeth and the duration of wearing the braces.

Cost based on Time Duration:

The duration depends not only on the types of braces but also on how much your teeth move and how well you maintain your teeth’ health.

Most braces are worn for at least 24 months, or some may wear them for more than two years.

The braces also have two types of functions one is for Adults, and another is for children. As per the American Dental Association, children between the age of 8 to 14 can go for the braces installment. The braces for children are less expensive.

And braces for adults are pretty expensive, and they have to wear them for a long duration, as it takes time to repair the teeth and structures. According to 2018 studies, adults need 19.9 months of treatment to give their teeth a proper form.

Here, the article presents the yearly cost list and age to age.

Age One Year Two Years Three Years Four Years
Adult $2,546 $5,091 $7,637 $10,183
Child $2,457 $4,914 $7,372 $9,829


So, this is the average cost of the braces, which is different from year to year and age to age, even some individual also pays more for their treatment depending on their requirements.

However, there are still some other factors that affect the cost of braces, as follows;

  • The main factor that affects the cost is the geographical location.
  • Age limit, whether the client is an adult or child.
  • The type of braces the individual selects.
  • Experience of the orthodontist
  • Time duration for wearing the braces, i.e., how many months or years an individual needs to wear the braces.
  • How are you taking care of the braces?
  • How much is the gap between two teeth? And much more.

How to Save the Cost of Braces:

The average cost of Braces treatment is only affordable for some people, so they avoid going for it or may find another way to reduce the braces treatment cost.

Here are a few ways by using which one can reduce the cost of braces.

  • The patients can take the help of any dental insurance policy that can help them to reduce the cost of the braces treatment.
  • Ask your dentist to offer some discount.
  • Visit a few orthodontists before the treatment, and select the one who commits you to perform the treatment at a minimum cost.
  • Taking proper care of your braces also saves you from additional expenses.
  • Use an FSA, i.e., a Flexible Spending Account.
  • Many dentists offer various insurance plans, so before selecting the dentist, ask them about their offering plans before choosing the dentist.

In addition to all these programs, there is also a non-profitable organization named Smiles Changes Lives, which is generally for those whose family income is comparatively low and unable to pay for their children’s braces treatment. 

Funding Options to Reduce the Actual Cost:

As per the research conducted in 2018, many people spend a lot of money on their dental health. In such cases, many institutes provide a few offers to their clients, reducing the actual cost of the treatment.

The below-mentioned list shows some of the financial options that can also help patients to reduce their costs;

  • Your HSA (Health Saving Accounts).
  • Independent Financing.
  • Personal Loans.
  • Dental Discounts Plans, etc.,

Conclusion:

Dental Braces are a treatment that helps to improve your teeth’ oral health and enhance your teeth’ structure. Firstly, the patients are not selecting this treatment because it is noticeable, due to which people avoid it. Still, with the help of advanced technology, orthodontists have invented many ways and materials which are less apparent but quite costly compared to traditional methods.

With the help of this article, we have shared all the essential information regarding Braces treatments, their pros and cons, types, and actual cost, and also mentioned some of the ways by which you can reduce your actual cost of the treatment.

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