Affording Awesome Ortho: What is the Cost of Self-Ligating Braces?

Sep 15, 2023 | Braces, Orthodontic Expertise

girl laughing at camera in orthodontic officeIf you’re considering braces for yourself or a family member, you’re probably wondering about the price tag on ceramic braces, traditional metal braces, lingual braces, and other orthodontic treatments. After all, when it comes to clear aligners or braces, average cost can be a game changer for what you choose.

Today, we’re focusing on our favorite orthodontic treatment option (self-ligating brackets!) and breaking down how self-ligating braces work as well as how much these braces cost. And as a fun bonus, we’ll also highlight the advantages they bring to your orthodontic journey!

Say Hello: What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are an innovative type of braces treatment. Much like traditional braces, they consist of brackets attached to your teeth and an archwire that runs through these brackets. However, unlike traditional braces, this orthodontic care features a unique design that uses a spring-loaded door mechanism to hold the archwire in place instead of ties.

These active brackets or passive brackets eliminate the need for tiny elastic bands, making the treatment process quicker, simpler, and much more comfortable treatment. They still use metal brackets like metal braces, but changing out rubber bands for a locking mechanism makes them an incredible alternative to regular braces.

Budget Breakdown: Traditional Metal Braces vs. Self-Ligating Braces Cost

The average cost of your ortho treatment period varies depending on the complexity of your teeth troubles treatment times, the number of adjustment appointments, and where you live.

Inspire Orthodontics assistant showing braces to adults for orthodonticsThe great news? For most patients, the total cost of Damon braces is “comparable to conventional braces as well as clear aligners.” And getting tooth-colored brackets or clear brackets (like clear braces) is totally an option!

Will My Insurance Provider Cover Self-Ligating Brackets?

Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of complete treatment costs for patients under 18 years old. However, insurance benefits for adults can vary, and orthodontic coverage for all treatment options is usually not comprehensive. Getting braces coverage is often impacted by age limits and lifetime maximums.

For younger patients, wearing braces is more likely to be covered. For adults, there are many options for keeping your treatment plan affordable! Inspire Orthodontics and other offices offer flexible payment plans and financing to ensure that everyone can afford their best smile.

Don’t worry – this is one of the things that Dr. Wade and our team will review in your initial consultation!

The Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Damon clear braces on teethSelf-ligating braces come with some awesome benefits that put them in the #1 spot for Inspire Orthodontics smiles.

Fewer Orthodontic Visits: While we love seeing your smile, we understand the appeal of avoiding extra time at the orthodontist’s office. Not only do self-ligating braces require fewer visits, but you’ll also have shorter office visits since you won’t have elastic ties to change out.

Less Discomfort: Self-ligating technology is more comfortable. They don’t use as much pressure for the precise movements needed to correct a misaligned bite or misaligned teeth!

Healthier Bite: Self-ligating braces may be the solution for protecting your smile while it transforms. Without rubber bands to trap food particles, it’s easier to keep your teeth clean during treatment.

Inspire Your Smile with Self-Ligating Braces

While self-ligating braces can seem expensive upfront, it’s important to remember that you’re investing in more than just straight teeth—you’re investing in your confidence, oral health, and overall well-being.

At Inspire Orthodontics, we believe that everyone deserves a smile that creates the best you. With metal or clear self-ligating braces from Damon, meet your smile goals with awesome ortho care! If you’re considering self-ligating braces or other treatments, our team is here to guide you through the process, answer your questions, and help you make the best decision for your smile. Here’s to embracing the journey towards a radiant, confident grin!