How Much Will an Orthodontic or Invisalign® Consultation Cost?
As a complimentary service to all of our patients, we provide orthodontic or Invisalign® consultations. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!
Invisalign® and Clear Braces
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Treatment with Invisalign® involves a series of clear, custom-made aligner trays that are worn over your teeth. Just like traditional braces, the aligner trays work by gradually shifting the position of your teeth into the proper position. As your teeth continue to shift into position, you can expect to replace your aligners every two weeks.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Your total Invisalign cost will vary and depends on the severity of your alignment issues and how long you require treatment. After an examination of your mouth, our dentists can provide an estimate of your expected costs.
Invisalign vs. Clear Braces
Invisalign involves a set of clear, removable aligners versus clear braces that use brackets and wires that are attached to your teeth. Although clear braces require fewer adjustments compared to Invisalign, they are more noticeable.
How Do Clear Braces Work?
In a similar way to metal braces, clear braces use a system of attached brackets and wires to gradually shift teeth, but they are less visible in comparison.
What Do Clear Braces Cost?
Your total cost depends on the severity of your orthodontic problems, but in most cases the cost of clear braces is higher than metal braces. However, many patients find that clear braces are a worthwhile investment since they are less visible and can correct more severe alignment issues.
Clear Braces vs. Invisalign
Just like Invisalign, clear braces are an effective option for straightening your teeth. If you’re interested in the invisible look of Invisalign but have orthodontic issues too complex for clear aligners, you may be an ideal candidate for clear braces.
Metal, Ceramic, and Self-Ligating Brackets
How Do Metal Braces Work?
Metal braces work by using brackets and wires to apply steady pressure to your teeth, slowly moving them into the desired position.
How Much Do Metal Braces Cost?
Metal braces are typically less expensive compared to Invisalign, ceramic, or self-ligating braces. The cost of metal braces depends on how long you’ll wear them, how much orthodontic correction is needed, and if they’re covered by insurance.
Metal Braces or Ceramic?
Metal braces are more visible in your mouth compared to ceramic braces, although your total treatment time may take longer with ceramic braces.
How Do Self-Ligating Brackets Work?
Self-ligating brackets are placed much like traditional braces, but they don’t use elastics or rubber bands to hold the archwire in place. Instead, they use small, specialized clips. The process can be quicker, and the clips allow for greater freedom of movement for your teeth, which greatly reduces discomfort.
Cost of Self-Ligating Brackets?
Self-ligating brackets are typically more expensive than metal braces. When you come in for your complimentary consultation, your orthodontist will discuss your treatment plan and payment options.
Orthodontics, Phase 1
Is There an Orthodontist Office Near Me?
If you’d like to improve the look of your smile, consider orthodontic treatment. Our Richmond office has many options available to help straighten your teeth and improve your confidence.
How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?
Orthodontic treatment is designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Your total cost will depend on your age, the type of braces you receive, and if you have insurance.
Orthodontist vs. Dentist for Braces
Orthodontists and dentists share similar licensing and educational backgrounds, but orthodontists receive two or three years of training and specialize in teeth straightening. If you have very crowded or crooked teeth, serious alignment issues, or a misaligned jaw, you may be referred to an orthodontist.
How Long Do Phase 1 Orthodontics Take to Work?
Phase 1 orthodontics, which are specific to patients whose permanent teeth have not erupted, will generally takes 6-12 months. After this time, a retainer is usually worn until the development of all permanent teeth.
How Much Are Phase 1 Orthodontic Services?
The cost of phase 1 orthodontics is determined by your child’s specific alignment needs. We recommend children receive an orthodontic evaluation at age seven to determine if they require treatment.
Phase 1 vs. Phase 2 Orthodontics
Phase 1 orthodontics is an early treatment for children between the ages of 6-10, before they develop permanent teeth. This treatment is ideal for children who have orthodontic issues that shouldn’t wait to be treated. Phase 2 occurs after the development of most permanent teeth and is recommended for children between 11-13 years old.