It is never too late to get the alignment of your teeth fixed if it means you can smile more confidently and also eat what you like without worrying about discomfort. Being an adult does not need to be a factor that holds you back from getting proper dental care. We’ve already seen how much braces cost in general but how much do braces cost for adults? The following write-up will give you a full answer.
Types and Cost of Adult Braces
There are a few different types of adult braces and each come within a different price range. The following are some of the options you can look at:
Traditional braces are the conventional type of metal braces that you may have seen most commonly. There are metal brackets that are cemented on individual teeth and a metal wire connects them all to fix them firmly into place. You will need to go into the dentist’s office a few times to get the braces tightened. Traditional braces may cost you anywhere between $3,000 and $7,000 but the final estimate, of course, differs from case to case based on the extent of work required.
Lingual braces are like traditional braces but the main difference is that the metal brackets are cemented towards the inside of the teeth or facing the tongue (therefore, the term “lingual”). This allows the braces to align your teeth while being practically invisible. For more conscious adults, this is the ideal solution to having your teeth fixed and also not feeling embarrassed about wearing braces. You can sit in board meetings and be taken seriously in a professional setting without compromising on your dental health.
Lingual braces can be considerably more expensive than traditional braces because they require greater specialization. The braces are custom made to give you a precise fit. The metal wire is also custom made. Since it is harder to cement the braces at the back of your teeth, they need to be cemented at once with the help of a customized tray that holds it in place. This is in stark contrast with traditional braces in which each metal bracket is cemented one after the other one. On average, lingual braces may cost between $8,000-$10,000.
Self-ligating are traditional braces but they do not need to be tightened periodically with rubber bands. These braces have a metal wire that goes through metal clips in each individual bracket. The wire stays in place because it is practically intertwined with the metal brackets, leaving it no room to become loose. Self-ligating braces are also a more comfortable variety of the traditional braces as you do not feel the pain after each tightening session. The absence of rubber bands also means the braces trap less food and are generally more hygienic.
They may cost anywhere between $2,500 and $8,000.
Ceramic braces are exactly like traditional braces, except instead of metal brackets and wires, the material used for these braces is the same color or is at least of the same tint as your teeth. These braces are not self-tightening so you will need to use elastics, which means you may experience some discomfort after each tightening session. Unless the elastic is cleaned properly, they may become stained and make your teeth look dirty. Other than that, ceramic braces are a convenient balance between appearance and cost.
Ceramic braces may cost anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000. It may be slightly more expensive than traditional braces as the material required to construct them are pricier.
Ways to Pay for Adult Braces
There are several different payment plans you can opt for. The following are some options you can consider:
Ask your dentist if they can offer you a monthly plan. Since the treatment will be over a few months, even a year or two, you can make monthly installments. Not every clinic offers this option, but there is no harm in asking. If this seems like a good option but your current dentist does not follow it, you can always look for a different practice that does follow this method.
Dental insurance can really relieve you of the stress of making massive payments. Dental care is not necessarily cheap. In some cases, it is not even affordable. If your insurance can cover even 20-30% of the whole cost, that would relieve you of a large burden.
A Flexible Spending Account or a Healthcare Savings Account can really help you out with this expenditure. If you have an FSA/HSA it is a great way to write off a large medical expense.
Why Do Adults Get Braces?
There is nothing unusual about adults getting braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in every four orthodontic patients is an adult. You may have thought that braces are only worn by teenagers or when you are younger. But there are several reasons why you or someone you know may require braces as an adult:
The Problem Was Untreated
Often, the problem is not diagnosed or is not taken seriously enough, leading to people finding out they need to get braces as an adult. When the alignment starts shifting drastically or starts to cause pain, those cases are considered severe enough to require treatment. But sometimes that realization comes much later in life.
Treatment Has Become Affordable Now
Dental treatment is not cheap. Perhaps, the parents of a child or teenager could not afford braces at the time. Sometimes when people turn adults and begin to earn, they may choose to get dental care if they can afford to do it. This is a common reason for people to get braces as an adult.
Orthodontic treatment is an option for all adults. No matter what age, you can fix the alignment of your teeth and have the perfect smile, even if you think you have surpassed the age of getting braces. With the forward movement in technology, there are also more and more options for braces that not only do the job but are also aesthetically sound. Now is a good time as any to get braces and give yourself a better bite and prevent tooth decay!