You might think you’re the only one with ugly and/or misaligned, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. If you believe this, I’d like to tell you this: almost everybody has issues with their teeth. One has a big gap between their front teeth, the other has an overbite and another person has crooked teeth.
Most people aren’t happy with their teeth, so please know you shouldn’t feel like you have to do something about them. That said, I can imagine that the feeling of having ‘ugly teeth’ hasn’t gone away and that you want to do something about those crooked teeth. When you decide to straighten your teeth, you have a few options to consider. The first step is to contact a dentist, or even better an orthodontist, so they can help you with your decision-making.
The first option is choosing braces. No matter how old you are, braces work for (almost) everyone. You’ll have to wear them for 2 to 3 years depending on how crooked your teeth are and what kind of braces you choose. You can pick between the following types:
Metal braces are fixed to your teeth with brackets, bands and wire. This type is recommended for invasive treatments. In some cases, headgear is needed, but don’t worry, usually you only have to wear it at night. The cost of metal braces varies between $3000 and $8000 USD.
The teeth-straightening process is almost the same as with metal bracket braces, but these are made of ceramic and look different. These braces are designed to be less visible, they’re usually transparent or white. This sounds positive, but unfortunately this kind of braces break faster than metal braces and are more expensive.
This kind of braces is almost invisible and is only recommended to teenagers and (young)adults. They are custom-made to your mouth, fit over your teeth to keep them in the right place and must be regularly replaced by the orthodontist. A big pro is that they are invisible, but the process takes way longer that the abovementioned options. Invisible braces cost between $3000 and $8500 USD. This may vary depending on location, what needs to be done, insurance etc.
This is another invisible option, where the brace is places on the back of your teeth (lingual). It almost the same as metal bracket braces, but they are on the other side of your teeth. Unfortunately, braces like these are not made for everyone. They are expensive and very difficult to maintain. They cost between $5000 and $13000 USD and the process take longer that ceramic or metal braces.
Teeth-straightening surgery is a good choice for those where braces won’t do the work, or for those whose gums and teeth are not strong enough to wear braces for a long time. Surgical procedures for teeth-straightening is a way to speed up the process. You still have to wear braces, but thanks to the surgery it will be for a shorter amount of time. There are 2 types of surgery:
A minor surgical procedure; with this surgery your orthodontist will reposition bones and gums that hold your teeth in the right place.
The other one is a more severe surgery, called orthognathic surgery. This kind of surgery will be recommended by your orthodontist, if he/she has to realign your jaw(s), because your teeth affected your speech and/or chewing.
The cost to straighten your teeth via surgery depends on what kind of surgery and/or location you choose and if you have health insurance or not. Also, you still have to wear braces before and/or after the procedure.
It’s important, in these kinds of invasive procedures, to thoroughly research and consult with specialists. Check our relevant searches for more information on braces, cost, monthly payment plans, local orthodontists and surgeries.