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Braces – costs, types and how long (the complete guide)

Braces – costs, types and how long (the complete guide) 600 400 Urban Smile

Choosing the best braces options for you is easy with this step by step guide.

Dental braces usually have three components; firstly the braces brackets that are attached to your teeth, secondly the braces wire that slots into the brackets and thirdly a rubber band (called a module) that is placed around the braces bracket to hold the wire into place. Modules come in a variety of colours and this is where they fun comes in.

The thickness (or tightness) of the wire will direct how much pressure will be applied to the teeth to get them moving. The shape of the wire will guide the direction of the tooth movement. Wire changes typically happen every 6 to 8 weeks, some people call this having their braces tightened. The wire change causes some discomfort initially but this normally settles in a few days time.

You usually have two options when it comes to braces brackets; metal or ceramic (tooth coloured). The ceramic braces are often larger than their metal cousins. As ceramic braces can damage the opposing teeth (for example if the top teeth bite down on the ceramic brackets that are on the bottom teeth) this often means that you can only have ceramic braces on the top and will still need to have metal braces on the bottom. If you are after a completely discreet look, then Invisalign clear aligners are a good alternative. Not only are the clear Invisalign aligners harder to see, the treatment journey is often more comfortable when compared to braces.

When it comes to the cost of braces, many orthodontic practices will charge more for ceramic braces compared to metal braces. This is because the ceramic braces have a higher supply cost for the orthodontic practice. Expect to pay between $6000 and $8500 for a full set of metal braces with a treatment time of around 24 months. 

More often, orthodontic practices are charging the same price for Invisalign braces as compared to traditional braces. This is usually because Invisalign braces take less ‘chair time’ as you change your aligners at home, rather than coming into the office for the next wire change. Each Invisalign braces tray is worn for approximately one week. After that week has passed, you then change into the next Invisalign braces tray and so on.  Depending on how long your treatment time is, you could have anything from 20 aligners to 100. But don’t worry, each set of aligners are numbered and they come in separate packets, meaning you won’t get confused as to which tray you are due to wear.

Many people think they need to wear rubber bands (called elastics) during braces treatment but not during Invisalign braces treatment. The use of elastics has nothing to do with the orthodontic appliance you choose and everything to do with the position of your top teeth in relationship with your bottom teeth.  You may have heard of the terms “class 1 bite”, ‘class 2’ bite and ‘class 3’ bite”. A ‘Class 1’ bite is where the top teeth fit in the normal position with the bottom teeth. In a ‘Class 2 bite’, the top teeth are too far forward of the bottom teeth and in a ‘Class 3 bite’ the bottom teeth are too far forward when compared to the top teeth (sometime called an underbite). Elastics help to correct this top and bottom relationship.  And so whether you need elastics during your braces or Invisalign aligner treatment will be determine by your ‘bite’.

If you would like to know which Urban Smile Invisalign braces plan you are a candidate for, book an online consultation with our Treatment Coordinator at https://urbansmile.com.au/