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Dental braces are a combination of brackets (attached to each individual tooth) and archwire (connects the brackets) and are placed to push the teeth in the proper position. It is necessary to adjust the wire on the regular basis.
Braces can be made of metal, ceramics and other transparent materials. Braces will correct many malocclusions such as underbite, overbite, crossbite, deep bite etc.
Depending on the treatment time and the type of malocclusion, the braces cost will also vary. In certain regions prices can differ. Treatment can last from six months to six years, and with the time range, the braces cost will also be different and will range. The cost also depends on weather both arches are being treated. Adults will pay more than children since in adults, the treatment will take much longer than it would take with children. This is because the bone has fully grown and it is difficult to move teeth in the adult bone.
In some European countries, it is possible to have the orthodontic treatment without any charge for children under 18. This is because government offers dental insurance and will cover the braces cost. In other countries, if the braces are needed only for cosmetic reasons (slight protrusions, gaps between the teeth) and where the function and bite are not compromised, the insurance will not cover the braces cost. However, adults have to pay the full price of the orthodontic treatment.
Braces cost also depends on the type of braces used. The ceramic braces and other “clear” material type of braces tend to be more expensive than the traditional metal braces. The insurance will not cover the expenses for the cosmetic purposes, so if the insurance pays for the treatment, you will only be able to have metal braces.
Consult with your dentist and health care system in your country about the options available for you, since braces cost varies widely from region to region.