How to Best Maintain
YOUR NEWLY STRAIGHTENED SMILE
Your orthodontic treatment is not over when your braces come off. Following removal, your dentist will provide a custom retainer to help keep your teeth in alignment. You should wear this on a nightly basis or as prescribed by your dentist. This is the best way to prevent your teeth from moving out of place and avoid needing re-treatment in the future.
You should also attend biannual visits with your dentist so he or she can monitor your smile. Impacted wisdom teeth and other issues can cause misalignment, so it is important for your dentist to address any possible complications before they start to affect your smile.
To keep your smile feeling and looking healthy after your braces are removed, you should also practice good oral hygiene at home. Brush twice and floss at least once every day.
This all sounds great. But can I afford treatment?
Braces cost between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on the extent of treatment and the type of materials used. The degree of correction needed, the experience of the orthodontist you choose, and even the area in which you live will also play a part in the overall cost of treatment. With a range of options available, your orthodontist can recommend the best type of braces for your needs, as well as a payment or financing plan to help you cover the price of your care.
Your Choice of Braces
LARGELY DETERMINES COST
Today, there are several alternatives to traditional metal braces, including ceramic tooth-colored braces and clear aligners. Each option comes with its own cost.
Traditional braces typically cost about $5,000 without insurance coverage. Minor cases of misalignment will generally cost less than more severe jaw-related issues.
Tooth-colored ceramic braces are a popular choice for patients who are looking for a more discreet alternative. If you are interested in ceramic braces, you can expect to pay about $500 to $600 more than metal braces cost.
Lingual braces are attached to the back of teeth rather than the front. They function the same way as traditional braces, but are not visible when you smile. They are one of the more expensive forms of treatment, costing between $8,000 and $10,000.
Clear aligner systems such as Invisalign are comparable in price to traditional braces. Invisalign is best suited to mild or moderate cases.