Common Methods And Costs Of Having Your Teeth Straightened

The practice of straightening teeth requires expert knowledge and precision in order for the desired end result to occur. A dentist will spend several years after dental school developing the skills of an orthodontist. While an orthodontist is capable of performing far more dynamic procedures than simply straightening teeth, the tooth realignment process is the most common aspect of most orthodontic practices. Read on to learn more about the cost and effectiveness of straightening teeth through orthodontic practices.

How Is the Straightening Process Performed?

The process of straightening misaligned teeth can vary greatly from one person to another. This is due to the overall level of misalignment. The most common method of correct misaligned teeth will be the installation of braces to slowly re-align them. Braces are strands of metal attached to the teeth that are tightened just enough to maintain a low, steady, pressure on the teeth. Over the course of months, sometimes years, teeth are moved into proper alignment.

A more modern approach is the Invisalign method. This method operates in a manner similar to braces except that the straightener is designed to be clear or invisible. This method includes a sheath structure that is placed for long periods of time, but can be removed if necessary. Unlike braces, an orthodontist can reshape new Invisalign installments to match the new shape of the teeth. This provides more immediate results than the older braces method, though the actual correction steps are virtually the same.

The Invisalign method is better for adults than small children due to the fact that the Invisalign system can be removed. Removing it too often defeats its purpose and will retard the correction process greatly.

How Much Does Teeth Straightening Cost? 

The price of having teeth straightened will depend almost entirely on how much needs to be done. A minor overbite might be corrected with a simple retainer that can cost between $500 and $2500. Braces can cost between $1500 and $10000 and will typically be used for children.  Invisalign systems have a moderate cost range. They cost between $3500 and $8000. The average cost of all these methods is $5000. 

It's important to note that invisalign systems are not as useful for severe misalignment, however. It is possible that you will need to wear traditional braces for a few months to correct the worst of the alignment issues. The cost of having teeth straightened can often be covered by insurance, though some companies may not cover the cost of metal braces once you reach the age of 19. Contact a local orthodontist office, such as Dave Kujak, DMD, MS, to schedule an appointment.