Invisible braces are a popular choice for straightening teeth. However, since they are more discreet than metal braces, they can be a more expensive option. The question of just how costly they are depends on style and each individual’s needs.
Orthodontists have been correcting malocclusions, or misaligned teeth, for more than a century. Until recently, this was done with metal braces. While effective in straightening teeth, they can be unattractive.
The advent of invisible braces has taken away the worries of having braces show up every time you smile while still getting your teeth straightened. Some types of invisible braces have other benefits, such as fewer restrictions on what people can eat.
The term “invisible braces” can refer to several orthodontic devices that keep a low profile while aligning teeth. Of course, since there are different kinds, the price varies.
The most accurate way to estimate the cost of invisible braces is to visit an orthodontist for a consultation. Since each person – and their teeth – is unique, a professional can adequately determine what solution is best for you.
Let’s look at three types of invisible braces, ranked from least expensive to most. To give you a frame of reference, traditional metal braces range from $3,000 to $7,000.
Also called invisible aligners, clear aligners are custom-fitted retainers that gently straighten teeth. Once the orthodontist makes a mold of your teeth, they use software to design the series of mouthpieces.
Over time, the wearer graduates to a new aligner as teeth progressively become straighter. Invisalign is one popular brand of clear aligners.
There are fewer restrictions on foods with clear aligners, but the treatment takes longer. Also, clear aligners may not be effective for severe misalignment.
The average cost of invisible braces tends to be more expensive than traditional braces. Clear aligners cost between $2,500 and $8,000. However, some online services can cost less than traditional braces.
Lingual braces are designed with brackets and wires on the inside of teeth, keeping them hidden from view.
Lingual braces, which typically cost between $5,000 and $7,000, can be more expensive than traditional braces since their placement takes a greater skill level.
Ceramic or clear braces are similar to traditional metal braces except that they feature transparent or tooth-colored brackets, helping them blend into your smile.
Barely noticeable, ceramic braces can align teeth in less time than Invisalign. The average cost of ceramic braces is between $4,000 and $8,000.
Now that you know the general cost range, it’s time to get your personalized quote.
One of our partner dentists will be happy to meet with you and your child or teen to determine if braces are needed. If so, they have multiple treatment options available. Their no-cost consultations will help you find options that are affordable, effective, and attractive.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our Kool Smiles Kids Club partners at 877-200-2064 or find a partner dentist in your area!