If you live in Australia’s Harbour City and are looking to get a smile as stunning as the Opera House on a summer’s day by straightening your teeth, you’ll want to know what options are available to you, as well as the cost for braces in Sydney.
Braces aren’t what they used to be
For many people, the thing that makes them hesitate when it comes to straightening their teeth is the prospect of having to wear ‘unsightly’ braces. In fact, the prospect of a mouthful of metal and elastics can mean that they go through life never achieving the smile they’ve always dreamt of. The good news is that these days there are far more discreet options available when it comes to braces for teens as well as for adults.
One such option is clear ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are made of clear materials, making them less visible on your teeth than metal braces. They are mainly used with older teenagers and adult patients who prefer a less visible teeth straightening process than that provided by all-metal braces.
Clear braces and other clear alternatives
To clear up any potential confusion, it should be clarified that clear ceramic braces are different to Invisalign, another clear alternative to metal braces that you may have heard about. Invisalign is a great option for some people, but for others, clear ceramic braces are the best choice.
A consultation with an experienced Sydney orthodontist will take into consideration a range of factors, including your age, the type of correction needed, the expected duration of treatment and the specifics of your lifestyle. Generally, if larger gaps need to be closed, braces are the preferred method.
When braces are the best choice for you, regardless of whether you opt for the metal or the clear version, the systems available today are significantly more effective, and more pleasant to use, than those of the past. The best of the modern systems are fully customised to your own personal requirements and tooth movements, and are ‘self-ligating’, which means that they do not require the traditional elastic o-rings around each brace to hold the wire in place. As well as being more comfortable to wear, this has the added benefit of attracting less plaque and being more hygienic.
The cost for clear teeth straightening
With regards the cost, you might expect to pay a premium for clear ceramic braces, but this needn’t be so: if you find the right orthodontist you will be able to get clear braces for adults and teens for the same cost as metal braces, and most will offer payment plans to suit a range of budgets. Rather than being affected by the type of aligner chosen, cost of treatment will be dependent on how severely the teeth are misaligned and how long it will take to straighten them. If you have private health insurance and are covered for orthodontic treatment you may be able to claim a portion of your treatment costs.
Teeth straightening, for both teens and adults, can be a cause of some concern, largely due to aesthetic reasons. Fortunately, technological developments in the field of orthodontics means that this need no longer be the case.