Although the ideal age to get your teeth fixed is the teenage years, adult braces are new quite common. If you’re an adult with disoriented teeth, perhaps you have a few important questions about these braces. Fortunately, adult braces are now more effective and don’t affect your physical appearance much. Dentists maintain that how the braces affect their aesthetics is the primary concern for adults, cost and comfort follow later.
Types of braces
It is very convenient for adults to get braces since they have several options to choose from. However, we must keep in mind that each alternative has its own pros and cons.
Cost of adult braces
The cost of the treatment primarily depends on the type of your braces and the duration for which you will be wearing them. Sometimes, your options can be limited based on your specific teeth alignment situation. Typically, the overall orthodontic treatment cost with conventional metal braces can be anywhere between $3,000 and $6,000, while ceramic brackets will increase your expenses between $4,000 and $8,000. Although lingual braces are virtually invisible, they are custom made and the treatment can cost you between $8,000 and $10,000. The most common brand of teeth aligners, i.e., Invisalign, will cost you between $3,000 and $8,000, depending on various factors.
The time taken for treatment considerably depends on the severity of the tooth misalignment and the type of solution you chose. A general orthodontic treatment using metal or ceramic braces takes 18 to 22 months. If you’re an adult using an aligner, the duration of the treatment will vary if you’re not using them properly. Aligners are supposed to remain in your teeth for 20-22 hours daily and must be taken off only during eating, brushing, and flossing.