When it comes to choosing between traditional metal braces or clear ceramic braces, the cost is almost always one of the deciding factors. While the costs of ceramic braces are generally higher than those of traditional metal braces, there are a few factors that can affect this.
The Difference between Ceramic & Metal Braces
1. Ceramic Braces
The brackets of traditional metal braces are made out of stainless steel while the brackets of ceramic braces are made out of a tooth-coloured porcelain. When ceramic braces are paired with clear bands and white arch wires, they are a much more discrete option. You might have even heard them called ‘invisible braces’. They are a popular choice for image conscious teens and adults alike.
Since ceramic braces are similar in design to metal braces, they function in much the same way. However, treatment times tend to be slightly longer because of the extra friction in the orthodontic system. On the whole, ceramic braces treat the same kinds of complex orthodontic issues and help to correct a bad bite.
2. Metal Braces
Metal braces remain a common and effective choice for orthodontic treatment. They help to straighten out the teeth and correct bad bites. Metal braces are made up of a series of stainless-steel brackets, very thin metal wires and either brightly coloured or subtle bands, depending on your preferences.
Metal braces have been around for a long time. They have evolved a great deal to become smaller, more effective and easier on the budget. The sturdy nature of the orthodontic treatment means they are able to perform complex tooth movements.
What are the Costs of Ceramic Braces?
In Australia, the cost of braces can vary greatly. However, some private health insurance companies do offer financial assistance with orthodontic care, depending on the level of cover you have.
If you’re wondering how much ceramic braces cost, you can expect to pay between $5,000 and up to $8,500 for an 18-month treatment, but of course this estimate will vary depending on your case.
As for metal braces, you should budget for anything between $2,000 and $9,000 for traditional orthodontic appliances, again, depending on the case. More severe cases will generally incur longer treatment times and a higher cost estimate.
Book an appointment at The Bachmayer Orthodontic Clinic to discuss your braces options.