How much do braces cost?
Many people want to get dental braces in hope of achieving a confident smile with bright, even teeth. However, before diving into this treatment, it’s best to do proper research on the types of braces, the actual procedure, as well as the estimated cost.
Braces place pressure on your teeth to change their positions. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the best time to wear braces is within the ages of 9 to 14. Nevertheless, more and more adults opt for this treatment to improve their dental problems. So, how much do braces actually cost? These four factors have a direct impact on the cost of dental braces:
1. Types of braces
* Metal braces
Metal braces are usually made from stainless steel. They are preferred by many people thanks to their durability and affordability. With this type of brace, if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene or don’t stick to your dental follow-up schedule, your teeth are likely to be discolored after removing the braces.
The average cost of a set of metal braces ranges from 14,000,000 - 35,000,000 VND.
* Ceramic braces
Ceramic braces don’t stand out for your teeth as much as metal braces, hence, aren’t very noticeable. This type of braces is quite cosmetically elegant, allowing the wearer to feel more confident when talking to others. However, it’s prone to breaking.
The average cost of a set of ceramic braces ranges from 25,000,000 - 40,000,000 VND.
* Lingual braces
Lingual braces are placed behind your teeth so that someone looking directly at you won’t be able to tell you’re wearing braces. This type of braces is more expensive than metal and ceramic braces and requires the dentist to be highly experienced. Lingual braces may get in the way of your tongue. Thus, you may experience trouble speaking and tongue injuries.
The average cost of a set of lingual braces ranges from 50,000,000 to 70,000,000 VND.
* Invisalign braces
With invisalign braces, you don’t have to deal with the brackets and wires. Instead, you’ll wear a tray that well fitted to your teeth. As a result, almost no one will be able to tell that you’re wearing braces. This is a highly advanced dental treatment only dentists with vast experience can perform.
The average cost of a whole invisalign case is quite high, ranging from 80,000,000 to 120,000,000 VND.
2. Dental problems
Your oral condition prior to treatment plays a huge role in determining the amount you’ll have to pay. Sometimes, dental fillings, tartar removal, root canal treatment, etc. are required before placing braces. In certain cases, tooth extraction or porcelain crowns are required as well, causing the final cost to rocket.
After you’re off your braces, you may still have to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from sliding back to their original position. There are many types of retainers such as removable retainers (made from metals or clear plastic) and permanent retainers. Some dental clinics may offer free retainers while others may charge them for 800,000 to 1,200,000 VND.
3. Treatment time
The longer you have to wear braces, the more dental visits you need, and the higher cost you will have to pay. The average treatment time is 23 months, but you may need much more time if your jaw bones are too rigid or if your teeth are hard to move. Once every month, you will have to visit your dentist for a follow-up.
4. The dentist
The expertise of your dentist plays an important role in your success rate. Therefore, if you get treatment from a dentist with extensive expertise and vast experience in dental braces, the cost will surely be higher. That’s why you should take into consideration your financial ability before choosing a dentist and a type of brace to get the best smiles of your life.