Posted on October 24, 2023
Orthodontic treatment is not cheap and sometimes if you don’t have the right kind of dental insurance, they can wreak havoc on your finances. However, braces for adults are important for more than one reason. First, having correctly aligned teeth gives a person the confidence to go about their day with a smile. In addition to that, having misaligned or crooked teeth can make proper oral hygiene a difficult task to accomplish, especially as an adult.
If you are looking to fix your teeth but don’t have a ton of extra cash to burn on the more expensive treatments, there are some types of braces that can prove to be relatively affordable. Finally, it is important to keep in mind that the final cost of your braces will depend on several factors like the severity of the problem, the type of braces that are recommended, the labor cost of your orthodontist or dentist, and finally the amount of time that you need to have the braces on for.
You can get Dr. Giasi at Wildflower Orthodontics in Pflugerville and Round Rock to fix your teeth by choosing one of the more affordable options mentioned below.
The first option on the list of affordable braces is traditional metal braces. These braces are made up of two primary components, the brackets and the wires. The metal brackets are attached to the front part of your teeth with a specialized, medical-grade bonding glue. They have small slots through which the wire is threaded to give your teeth the right amount of pressure that they require to be put in place. Rubber bands are used to hold the wires in place.
The biggest disadvantage of these braces for adults is that they are very noticeable. The silvery appearance of the brackets and the wire is very apparent.
The next option works in a manner that is like the first (brackets and wires) but differs on one crucial point. Instead of metal, these braces use ceramic material that can camouflage itself with your teeth because of the similarity in color. The wires are also in the same color scheme, which makes these braces less noticeable in public. They also cost a little more.
As we discussed before, regular braces make use of small rubber bands to hold the wire in place. Development in orthodontic techniques has eliminated the need for rubber bands as the newer brackets come with small doors or clips that hold on to the wire that is threaded through them. These braces aren’t very expensive and cost about the same amount as metal or ceramic braces.
As was the case with traditional metal braces, these can be noticed very easily. This can be a deal breaker for many adults who feel that it can affect their personal and professional life.
While Invisalign isn’t the cheapest option on this list, it is mentioned here because of the relative ease of use associated with this clear aligner. If it’s the case of a small misalignment, you do not have to wear proper braces. Instead, you can opt for this custom-made mold that will correct any minor alignments quickly and effectively.
The biggest advantage of opting for Invisalign is the discretion. No one will be able to tell that you are wearing anything around your teeth, as there are no brackets and wires. If you have braces, you cannot eat any hard or sticky food. There are no such restrictions associated with Invisalign because you remove the aligner before you eat or drink anything, other than water.
Invisalign may not be the suitable answer for more complex dental or orthodontic issues. You need to be disciplined for Invisalign to work, because it needs to be on your teeth for at least 22 hours each day.
Call our office in Round Rock, TX, or Pflugerville, TX for more information about the cost of braces today!