Braces effectively straighten misaligned teeth. However, conventional metal braces are not the only tooth-aligning appliances available. Nowadays, many orthodontists offer multiple alignment options to patients. Here are a few:
For people who would like to have their teeth straightened but who do not want metal brackets to be applied to their front teeth, lingual braces can be used. Lingual braces are applied to the back side of the teeth next to the tongue. Thus, when a person speaks, eats or smiles, the braces are hidden from view.
Lingual braces are priced between $8,000 and $10,000.
Invisalign is another orthodontic option that doesn't use metal brackets on the front surface of your teeth. In fact, Invisalign does not use brackets at all. Instead, clear plastic aligning trays progressively shift the teeth into alignment.
The trays are worn for about two weeks before the patient discards them and begins using the next set of aligning trays. Invisalign is an effective orthodontic option and straightens the teeth up to 18 times faster than traditional metal braces.
Invisalign patients usually pay between $4,000 and $7,400 during their course of treatment.
Clear braces are also alternatives to traditional metal braces. They are fashioned in the same manner as conventional metal braces. However, their brackets are made of ceramic, which can blend easily with the natural color of teeth.
Clear braces are typically priced around $4,000 to $8,000.
Damon System Braces
Damon braces can have metal or ceramic brackets. However, the shape of the brackets differs from that of conventional brackets. The brackets used for Damon system braces are self-litigating, so they hold the archwire in place without the need for elastic bands.
The bands used in traditional braces generate large amounts of friction, which must be overcome in order to align the teeth. Damon system braces can use less force to straighten the teeth because additional force is not needed to compensate for the friction. In addition, the straightening process is usually quicker and less painful when Damon system braces are used.
Damon system braces cost around $3,800 to $7,000.
If you or a family member needs orthodontic treatment, there may be multiple teeth-straightening options available. However, a full assessment of your dental structure and the degree of needed alignment must be performed before an orthodontic treatment is prescribed. Schedule a consultation with a family orthodontist to determine which treatment option may be right for you.