How Much Will an Orthodontic Consultation Cost?
If you are an existing patient, we offer complimentary orthodontic consultations. Call our office to schedule your appointment today.
Invisalign® and Clear Braces
How Do Invisalign® Aligners Work?
Like traditional braces, Invisalign® gradually shifts your teeth into position. Instead of individual brackets, though, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, custom-fitted aligner trays.
What’s the Cost for Invisalign Aligners?
Costs vary depending on the complexity of alignment issues and the projected length of treatment. We can provide you with a cost estimate once your needs are assessed.
Invisalign vs. Clear Braces
Both clear braces and Invisalign are nearly invisible, but Invisalign uses removable clear aligner trays while clear braces are attached to your teeth. Braces are more noticeable than Invisalign trays, but clear braces less so than traditional systems.
How Will My Clear Braces Work?
Clear braces for teeth are similar to metal braces. They use brackets and wires just like metal braces, but the appliances are clear or white.
How Much Is the Cost for Clear Braces?
Your clear braces cost is based on your individual alignment issues. Usually, clear braces are a bit more expensive than metal braces.
How Do Clear Braces Compare to Metal Braces?
In effectiveness, clear braces vs metal braces are about equal. The treatment may be a bit longer with clear braces, but you gain the advantage of having braces that are inconspicuous.
Metal, Ceramic Braces, and Self-Ligating Brackets
How Do Metal Braces Work Differently Than Other Options?
Metal and ceramic braces work similarly, using brackets and wires to apply constant pressure to teeth to move them into place. Instead of brackets, Invisalign uses aligner trays. The trays can be removed to brush your teeth and for eating.
What Do Metal Braces Cost?
The cost of metal braces is based on how much realignment is needed and the duration of treatment. Metal braces are usually less expensive than ceramic braces and Invisalign.
Metal Braces versus Clear Braces?
Metal braces are effective, but they are very noticeable when in place. Ceramic or clear braces are less visible, but their brackets are weaker and require a longer period of treatment.
How Are Self-Ligating Brackets Different?
Self-ligating braces use a special, spring-loaded clip to hold archwires in place instead of the elastic band traditional braces use. This allows teeth to be moved with less force, usually meaning less pain as well.
How Much Do Self-Ligating Brackets Cost?
While self-ligating brackets cost more than traditional brackets, many patients find them to be more comfortable. Your orthodontist will discuss your options, including self-ligating brackets, during your complimentary consultation.
Orthodontics, Phase 1
Is There An Orthodontist Near Me in Sunnyvale?
If you want an improved smile, our orthodontic treatment may be the solution. We offer many ways you can work toward straighter teeth and a more confident smile.
What Is the Cost of Orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment is customized to suit your unique needs, so costs vary. Some factors that affect your cost include your age, the type of braces you choose, and your insurance benefits.
Orthodontist vs General Dentist?
While dentists specialize in general oral health, orthodontists study and train to straighten teeth for an extra two to three years. This means that more extensive cases of crowding or misalignment will be referred to an orthodontist.
How Do Phase 1 Orthodontics Work?
Phase 1 orthodontics addresses current or developing issues before all of a child’s permanent teeth erupt. Phase 1 usually lasts between 6 to 12 months, and is followed by use of a retainer until all permanent teeth have erupted.
What Are the Costs Associated with Phase 1 Orthodontics?
Costs depend on each individual patient’s needs. Our dentists recommend that kids have an orthodontic assessment beginning at age 7.
What’s the Difference Between Phase 1 & Phase 2 Orthodontics?
Phase 1 orthodontics, or early interceptive treatment, is designed to address issues in young children between the ages of 6 and 10. Phase 2 treatment corrects issues involving most of the child’s permanent teeth, usually occurring between the ages of 11 and 13. If you’ve been searching for comprehensive orthodontic care in Sunnyvale, contact our office today.