Cost Difference Between Clear Ceramic Braces Vs. Metal

If the time has come to consider braces for your child, you have a lot to think about. We recommend scheduling a no-cost braces consultation with a Kool Smiles Kids Club partner dentist to discuss your options. They’ll detail costs (with and without insurance), payment options, and key differences between each type of corrective treatment.

In the meantime, though, here’s a primer on clear ceramic vs. traditional metal braces:

Clear Ceramic Braces vs. Metal Braces

On average, metal braces cost between $3,000 and $7,000, and clear ceramic braces cost a bit more – $4,000 to $8,000. Ceramic braces are more costly because the materials are more costly. The prices of different types of braces usually increase in parallel – if your child needs minimal correction, both ceramic and metal braces will cost less than they would for someone with severe crowding or spacing issues.

It’s worth noting that besides the difference in up-front costs, clear ceramic braces often require more maintenance, and each appointment will carry its own cost.

In terms of outcomes, you can expect the same great results regardless of which type of braces (ceramic or metal) you choose, but there are other factors to consider:

Length of time on teeth

There’s less friction between the teeth and the wire in metal braces, so the teeth tend to move more in less time. Ceramic braces often require a longer treatment time.


Metal braces are more durable. While they’re meant to last, and in most cases, they do, ceramic braces (especially on bottom teeth) can break from just the force of biting down. The brackets on ceramic braces are more likely to chip and crack.
The strength issues don’t affect the treatment outcome, but repair and replacement visits can be costly.


Traditional metal braces have come a long way, but they’re still far more noticeable than ceramic braces. If your child isn’t self-conscious about having braces, they can express their individuality with colored brackets and bands on metal braces. If appearance is a concern (as it so often is with teens and tweens), ceramic braces may be a better option.

Get A No-Cost Braces Consultation Today!

Braces are a big commitment – they’re costly, and your child will wear them all day, every day, for up to 24 months. A Kool Smile Kids Club partner dentist can help you make the best decision for your child. Schedule a no-cost braces consultation today!