treatment comparison

Treatment comparison

What to know which treatment is best for you? Let’s compare our most popular orthodontic treatment options:

Metal braces Clear Braces Self-ligating braces Lingual braces Invisible Braces
Will people notice my braces? Yes, but the brackets are smaller and more discreet than in the past. Yes, but the ceramic brackets will help your braces blend in with the color of your teeth. Yes, but self-ligating brackets are smaller than regular brackets, making this a discreet option. No. Because the braces are fitted to the back of your teeth, they aren’t visible from the outside. No, Invisalign® clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible.
Can I still eat with my braces on? Yes, but you should try to avoid very hard and sticky foods. Yes, but be aware of staining foods and beverages like curries or red wine that could color your clear elastics. Yes, but be careful when biting into very sticky or chewy foods. Yes, but avoid hard foods and sugary drinks. You will remove your aligners to eat, so you can eat as usual!
Are the braces comfortable to wear? Once your mouth gets used to them, metal braces are reasonably comfortable. Your mouth will become accustomed to the feel of your braces over time. Yes, self-ligating brackets are much smaller than other types of braces so are more comfortable to wear. Yes, lingual braces are quite comfortable once you get used to them sitting next to your tongue. Yes! Invisalign® clear aligners are incredibly smooth, and custom-fit to your smile.
Is the treatment expensive? Metal braces are our cheapest option, but they are comparable to other treatments in cost. The average cost of metal braces is: $5,350. Clear braces are only slightly more than metal braces on average. The average cost of clear braces is: $5,500. Self-ligating braces cost about the same as clear braces. The average cost of self-ligating braces is: $5,500. With lingual braces, you pay for discretion. The average cost of lingual braces is: $12,000. Invisalign® clear aligners are actually about the same cost as braces. The average cost of invisible braces is: $5,700.

Each orthodontic case is different

Treatment time and cost vary greatly from person to person. Schedule a free consultation to get your custom treatment plan.

Treatment comparison