Cost Difference Between Clear Ceramic Braces Vs. Metal

When choosing between clear ceramic braces or metal braces for your child, cost is just one factor to consider. While clear ceramic braces are generally more expensive than metal ones, there are a number of factors that affect the cost — and your decision. 

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On average, metal braces cost between $3,000 and $7,000, while clear ceramic braces can run between $4,000 and $8,000

Clear braces often cost more than metal because of the materials involved. But the condition of the teeth — and how many teeth need to be straightened — can also have a big impact on the price of braces.  

Clear Ceramic Braces vs. Metal Braces

Despite a small difference in the up-front cost, clear ceramic braces often require more visits to the orthodontist for maintenance, which can mean a higher price in the long-run. While there is basically no difference in results, there are some other differences between metal and ceramic braces to consider. 

Length of time on teeth

Metal braces often need less treatment time than ceramic braces. This is due to metal braces having less friction between the teeth and the wire — this means that the teeth are allowed to move into place more quickly than with clear ceramic braces. 


Metal braces tend to be a little stronger and more durable, and the brackets on ceramic braces are likely to chip and crack. Clear braces on bottom teeth have been known to break just while biting down. 


Although metal braces have gotten smaller over the years, they are still far more noticeable than clear ceramic ones. Kids can have fun with metal braces by getting to choose the color of their brackets. Ceramic braces can be clear or tooth-colored and are less visible. 

Get A No-Cost Braces Consultation Today!

If you’re wondering about the difference in cost between metal braces vs. the ceramic clear braces cost for your child, the best thing to do is set up a consultation with an orthodontist. Kool Smiles offers no-cost consultations for kids to see if they need braces. We offer in-house orthodontists in many locations.

Call Kool Smiles for your no-cost braces consultation today!