Is There a Fee for an Orthodontic Consultation?
Whether you’re looking to learn more about orthodontic treatments, our clinic offers complimentary consultations for all patients. Contact us today to make your appointment.
Invisalign® and Clear Braces
How Does the Invisalign® Process Work?
Invisalign® treatment is designed to straighten your teeth with a series of clear aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. The aligner trays work by placing gentle pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into position. As your teeth continue to move into position, you’ll get a new set of aligners about every two weeks.
What Does Invisalign Cost?
Your total cost for Invisalign depends on the length of your treatment and the complexity of your alignment problems. After a complete examination of your mouth, your dentist will provide an estimate of your expected costs.
Differences Between Invisalign and Braces
Braces involve attached wires and brackets that can only be removed by an orthodontist, and Invisalign uses a set of clear aligners that can be easily removed. Braces are also more noticeable in comparison to Invisalign, but they require fewer adjustments.
Clear Braces – How Do They Work?
Just like metal braces, clear braces use attached brackets and wires to slowly adjust and gradually realign your teeth to your desired smile. The primary difference is that they are not as noticeable.
What Is the Total Cost of Clear Braces?
There are several factors that can affect the cost of clear braces, including the severity of your orthodontic issues. In general, clear braces cost more than metal braces; however, their discreet look makes them a popular choice for many patients.
Differences Between Clear Braces and Invisalign
Clear braces and Invisalign both place pressure on your teeth to steadily shift them into the desired position. Invisalign is more transparent and less noticeable compared to clear braces, but they aren’t ideal for patients with complex orthodontic issues.
Metal, Ceramic, and Self-Ligating Brackets
What Are Metal Braces?
Metal braces are the traditional wires and brackets that most people think of when they hear the word “braces.” They work by applying gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
Total Cost of Metal Braces
How much are metal braces? Determining the answer to that question depends on if treatment is covered by your insurance, the extent of your dental problems, and the total length of treatment. Metal braces are usually the least expensive option in comparison to Invisalign, ceramic, or self-ligating braces.
Metal Braces or Invisalign?
Metal braces are the most noticeable type of braces, but Invisalign is almost invisible. Your total treatment time may be longer with Invisalign, and it also requires more adjustments than metal braces.
Overview of Self-Ligating Brackets
Compared to traditional braces, which use elastics or rubber bands, self-ligating braces use specialized clips to hold the archwire in place. Since there aren’t any bands, there is less friction and resistance, so your teeth can move freely with less discomfort than traditional braces. The process is also quicker, so your appointment will take less time.
What’s the Cost of Self-Ligating Brackets?
Self-ligating brackets are typically more expensive than traditional braces. Your orthodontist will discuss your options and provide information about your treatment plan during your complimentary consultation.
Orthodontics, Phase 1
Is There a Family Orthodontist Office Near Me?
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, consider orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile. Our New Braunfels family orthodontists have many treatment options available to enhance the beauty of your smile.
What Are the Prices for Orthodontic Treatment?
The price of orthodontic treatment will vary for every patient since treatment is tailored to meet your specific alignment issues. Costs can be influenced by many factors, including your age, if you have insurance, and the type of braces you need.
Dentist vs. Orthodontist: Which Specialist Do I Need?
Both dentists and orthodontists have similar educational backgrounds and meet similar licensing requirements, but orthodontists receive up to three years of additional training. They specialize in the straightening of teeth, and you may be referred to an orthodontist if you have a misaligned jaw, a bad bite, or very crooked or crowded teeth.
Phase 1 Orthodontics Process
Most children receive Phase 1 orthodontic treatment for 6-12 months. Once this treatment is over, children must wear a retainer until the rest of their permanent teeth have developed.
Is There a Set Cost for Phase 1 Orthodontics?
Phase 1 orthodontics do not have set prices, costs are based on the specific needs of each child. To determine if treatment is needed, we recommend children receive an orthodontic evaluation by the time they’re seven years old.
Phase 1 Phase 2 Orthodontics Comparison
Phase 1 orthodontics is an early treatment for children with moderate-to-severe alignment issues who are 6-10 years old. Phase 2 typically begins at 11-13 years old, which is usually after most of the permanent teeth have formed.