Braces can cost thousands of pounds, depending on the type you choose. The most basic type is metal braces, and they cost the least. Some metal braces such as Damon, though, are costlier.
The most expensive type is Invisalign clear aligners, which do not even use brackets. The main difference between ordinary metal braces and Invisalign is visibility. Metal braces are the most effective, but they are obvious. Invisalign aligners are almost invisible. You can strike a happy medium by getting ceramic braces instead.
What is it?
North London dentists state that ceramic braces use brackets from of composite materials, the same material your dentist uses for your white fillings. They work in the same way as metal braces, so you still have to go regularly to have them adjusted. The most popular brands are Clarity, Transcend, and Mystique, but your dentist may prefer a different brand.
Why is it better?
Ceramic braces are tooth-coloured, so they are much less noticeable than metal braces. This is something that may interest adults. They are also very durable and the best brands do not stain even if you drink coffee or eat strongly-coloured food. Ceramic braces are more expensive than metal braces but much less expensive than Invisalign.
How can you get them?
Ceramic braces are not an option under the National Health Service or NHS. However, you will not qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment as an adult anyway, unless it is medically necessary. You can ask your dentist to give you a quote for ceramic braces and other treatment options. You will find that while ceramic braces may take longer than metal braces, it may still be your best option.
Ceramic braces have advantages over both metal braces and Invisalign for the adult patient. It is neither too obvious nor too expensive, and it is almost as effective as metal braces for all types of cases. Ask you dentist about ceramic braces when discussing treatment options.