Braces used to be a necessary evil. Even if you didn’t want them, you had to choose between getting them and having terribly-shaped teeth for life. There were a lot of reasons you may not want to have normal braces. Metal braces, for, example, are one of the most commonly used braces. They are the cheapest and work quite fast. However, they have major disadvantages. Apart from the fact that they can cost between $3,000 and $7,000, they are very visible and easy to spot from miles away. They are also painful to put in and tighten.
Ceramic braces are an alternative to metal ones. Like metal braces, they are thick and large. However, there is an improvement. They are made of ceramic that blends in with the teeth. They do not show and are quite a good choice. However, they had downsides as well. They are more expensive and can cost between $4,000 and $8,000. Ceramic braces can be very painful to put in and tighten. They are also very thick which makes dental care a chore.
Self-Litigating braces are another commonly used type. They hold the teeth in place through wires which are in turn held in place by clips, pegs, or doors. They also come in both ceramic and metal versions. Luckily, they are less painful to put in and tighten. They cause little pain and light discomfort. However, they are expensive. They can cost between $2,500 and $8,000.
Lingual Braces were created to give people the options of totally invisible braces. While they are not invisible, they are just placed out of sight. Lingual braces are placed on the inside of the mouth to make them. They have more than their fair share of downsides. To start off, they impede speech a lot. They cause more than the slight lisp you will find with other braces. The cost is also much more as they cost between $5,000 and $13,000.
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Best Alternatives to Traditional Braces
We should consider ourselves lucky, however. Unlike 15 to 20 years ago when braces were the major way to reshape teeth, there are a lot of available alternatives. These alternatives offer less pain, more convenience, affordability, and minimize speech impediment.
Clear aligners are like cases worn over the teeth to reshape them. Clear aligners are also transparent so they can’t be seen. This is great for people who don’t want braces. They can be fixed by an orthodontist or by oneself. The aligners come in sets. Each aligner is a little bit tighter and drags your teeth a step closer to where you want it to be. Each aligner is worn for about 20 hours daily for two weeks straight. You will also need retainers. Clear aligners can range from $2,500 to $6,000.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
- PRICE: Clear aligners are quite affordable. For from $2,500 to $6,000, it is possible to obtain a quality clear aligner. They are less expensive than braces.
- FLEXIBLE PRICING: Most companies that offer clear retainers are very flexible when it comes to receiving payments. You’ll not have to break the bank to make payments.
- CUSTOMIZED FOR EACH PATIENT: Clear retainers are molded for each patient literally. Before your aligners are made, your teeth are scanned and molds are made according to your scan.
- INVISIBLE: Clear aligners are favorites because they are totally invisible. No one has to know. If you would prefer not to be seen with braces, this is for you.
- FLEXIBLE WEARING: Aligners are usually worn for 20 hours a day and so, if you have somewhere to go that you would rather not wear aligners in, you have four hours to yourself.
- FAST TREATMENT: Depending on the severity, the plan duration changes. However, aligners are fast-acting.
If your teeth suffer from overcrowding, rather than braces, you would need a palatal expander. Palatal expanders are used to expand either or both the upper jaw and lower jaw. This way, they will fit together. After using a palatal expander, you will make use of a retainer to make the adjustment more permanent. They are not as expensive as the other braces and their alternatives and can cost from $1,000 to $3,000.
Advantages of Palatal Expanders
- PRICE: For $1,000 to $3,000 you can get palatal expanders. They are quite affordable. When you consider them to braces, they become an absolute steal.
- LESS PAINFUL: Palatal expanders are not as painful as braces as the expansion process is slow and measured.
- FAST-ACTING: These expanders work quite fast. You need braces for 24 months on average. Expanders do not take as much time.
Veneers are a different stock. They are treatments more suitable for adults. Veneers try to restructure gap-teeth, fractured-teeth, discolored or fractured teeth. If you have any of these, veneers are for you. Veneers are a bit more complex: The orthodontist will scrape off a layer of enamel. The layer is usually thin. Once this is done, the veneers are fixed appropriately. The procedure is as short as it sounds and can be done in a day. They are more suited for adults because of the price. They cost between $500 and $1,300 per tooth!
Advantages of Veneers
- IMMEDIATE ACTION: Veneers are immediate. Once you step into the room for your appointment, you can be assured that when you are leaving, your teeth will be okay.
- NO NEED FOR RETAINERS: Due to the mode of treatment, you will not need to wear any retainer after. Almost all dental treatments require retainers. This is a great feature.
- CUSTOMIZED FOR EACH TOOTH: Each veneer is placed individually on each tooth and so you can be assured that your veneer was fashioned to fit each individual teeth.
- LESS PAINFUL: Veneers are also less painful than braces. Rather than applying force on all teeth together, veneers work on each individual tooth.
- WHITENS TEETH: Veneers whiten teeth. This is because the enamel on the top is always scrapped off.
There are a lot of great alternatives to braces. We have discussed some of them in previous posts.
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