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Invisalign® and Clear Braces
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Treatment with Invisalign® is completed through the use of a set of custom-made aligner trays that are nearly invisible. The aligners work similarly to traditional braces by applying gentle pressure to gradually shift your teeth into the correct position. You will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks as treatment progresses.
Is There a Set Price for Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment costs depend on your specific alignment problems and how long treatment is required. Your dentist will determine the cost of your treatment when you come in for your initial consultation.
Invisalign vs. Clear Braces
Clear braces consist of brackets and wires that are bonded to your teeth versus Invisalign, which uses a series of transparent, removable aligners. When compared to Invisalign, clear braces require fewer adjustments, but they are more noticeable.
Do Clear Braces Work?
Clear braces gradually shift teeth into the desired position through a series of brackets and wires. The brackets are made of a clear material, so they are not as noticeable compared to metal braces.
What’s the Cost for Traditional Clear Braces?
The cost of treatment for clear braces is usually more expensive than metal braces, but the price can vary and depends on the unique needs of each patient. Clear braces may be worth the investment if you’re looking for a less visible alternative to metal braces.
Are Clear Braces and Silver Braces Different?
Clear and silver braces work exactly the same way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Clear braces are a good choice if you’d like a less noticeable alternative to teeth straightening.
Metal, Ceramic, and Self-Ligating Brackets
How Do Metal Braces Straighten Teeth?
Metal braces straighten your teeth through brackets and wires that apply continuous pressure to your teeth, gradually moving them into the correct position.
What’s the Cost for Traditional Metal Braces?
The length of treatment time, your insurance benefits, and how much orthodontic correction is needed all contribute to the overall cost for metal braces. For most patients, metal braces are the most affordable option when compared to self-ligating braces, ceramic, or Invisalign.
Are Metal Braces and Clear Braces Different?
Clear braces blend into the color of your teeth better than metal braces, which are much more noticeable. Clear braces are also more expensive and treatment time may be longer than Invisalign.
How Do Self-Ligating Brackets Straighten Teeth?
Unlike traditional braces that use elastics or rubber bands, self-ligating braces use a tiny, spring-loaded door to hold the archwire in place. In addition to a shorter appointment time, self-ligating braces minimize friction and allow for greater freedom of movement for your teeth, which makes them more comfortable to wear.
What’s the Average Cost of Self-Ligating Brackets?
Compared to metal braces, self-ligating brackets are generally more expensive. When you schedule your complimentary consultation, your orthodontist will discuss the payment options available to you and outline your treatment plan.
Orthodontics, Phase 1
Family Orthodontist Procedures
With orthodontic treatment from our family orthodontists, you can improve the alignment of your teeth and boost your confidence. Contact our Plano office today to make an appointment.
Is There an Orthodontic Treatment Average Cost?
Since no two patients are the same, every patient receives a customized treatment plan. Whether you have insurance, the type of braces you need, and your age are all taken into consideration when determining cost.
Orthodontist vs. Dentist for Braces
Dentists and orthodontists have very similar licensing and educational backgrounds, but orthodontists receive up to three years of additional training and specialize in the straightening of teeth. If you have serious alignment issues, very crowded or crooked teeth, or a misaligned jaw, you’ll likely be referred to an orthodontist.
How Long Does Phase 1 Orthodontic Procedures Take to Work?
Most children receive orthodontic treatment for 6-12 months. Once this phase has been completed, it’s recommended they wear a retainer until all of their permanent teeth have erupted.
How Much Is the Cost for Phase 1 Orthodontics?
Since Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is personalized for every child, the cost will vary for each patient. An orthodontic evaluation is recommended for children by the time they’re seven years old.
Overview of Phase 1 and Phase 2 Orthodontics
The age of your child and the development of permanent teeth are the main differences between Phase 1 and Phase 2 orthodontics. Phase 1 is an early treatment for children ages 6-10 with moderate-to-severe alignment issues. Phase 2 treatment typically begins between 11-13 years old, which is usually when most of the permanent teeth have developed.