For some, having teeth that are crooked or out of place can, if it is not fixed, mean that they become damaged, or there is a strain on the muscles of the jaw. To fix the problem will mean dental treatment. There are two methods of treatment available. The traditional way of using metal braces or the newer Invisalign clear braces. This raises the question as to which treatment works best. Since everyone is different, any decision will depend on the patient and what is best for them.
While braces today are much more comfortable and less noticeable than those of the past, they are still noticeable. They can never be completely invisible. Braces consist of brackets, wires, spacers and rubber bands. Once you have braces, you cannot remove them yourself. Since they are stuck to teeth, removal needs to be done by a dental professional.
The benefits of having metal braces are that they are meant to be functional rather than looking good. They also work faster at closing gaps and straightening teeth. On the downside, since food may become trapped, extra care is needed cleaning teeth and watching what you eat.
As for cost, treatment is available for children free on the NHS however most adults would likely need to have private treatment. The costs vary between providers but on average are usually around £2,000 to £2,500.
Another option to metal dental braces are clear braces from Invisalign. Being clear, they are barely visible. Such braces are custom moulded to fit in your mouth. Unlike metal braces, clear braces are regularly replaced with each one gradually changing the position of the teeth and correcting the problem.
Unlike metal braces the patient can remove clear braces themselves. This means that there is no need for them to watch what type of food they eat. Since food is not trapped in awkward places, there is no build-up of plaque. The patient can continue to brush and floss normally. There are other benefits of using clear braces. One of those being that as there is no metal, they tend to be much more comfortable as there is nothing to irritate the mouth.
How much someone might have to pay for this treatment will depend on the patient’s treatment. Depending on the provider the cost might be anywhere from £1,800 upwards.